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Breaking the chain of online radicalization

Death it is: Thamrin bomb attack defendant Oman Rochman, alias Aman Abdurrahman, appears in a hearing at South Jakarta District Court on May 25, 2018. The court sentenced Aman to death on June 22 of the same year. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)
Arif Budi Setyawan
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Tuban, East Java   ●   Fri, April 23 2021

As a result, Aman Abdurrahman's thinking gave rise to the belief that true faith was when one was able to totally reject the thaghut system and its supporting elements, such as the government, police and military.

This way of thinking became more problematic when it emphasized the use of jihad as the highest form of “rejection” of the thaghut. The dissemination of this thought, particularly through the digital realm, became a powerful tool for recruiting new members and supporters — until today.

The doctrine outlining that the ultimate expression of faith was through fighting the enemies of faith (the thaghut) became a dangerous virus spreading throughout the extremist community. This was because in attacking the thaghut there was little concern for ordinary Muslims caught up in the crossfire — the mos...

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