INDONESIA AND THE PORCH OF MECCA

© Islamic Blueprint-JA Statham 2018

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The purpose of this article is to show how prohibitions and decrees in the Qur’an are used in an attempt to sway elections, in order to gain political power in a region, plus turn a seemingly moderate country into one which is increasingly being dominated by Islamic fundamentalism.

This is something all western people should be aware of, it’s happening in other parts of the world and one would be naive to believe it can’t happen in the west.

In 2017 Christian governor of Jakarta, Indonesia, Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was sentenced to two years in jail for blasphemy.

“Ahok was charged with blasphemy after he said clerics had used a Koranic verse to mislead voters by telling them that Muslims were not allowed to vote for a Christian.
He has denied wrongdoing, and said he was not criticising the Koran, but rather the clerics’ interpretation of the verse.”

Although the quote above says Ahok accused the clerics, this in incorrect, Ahok accused an amalgamation of Muslim groups, including the FPI, who then marched in their thousands into the centre of Jakarta with banners glorifying Qur’an verse Al Maida 51.

Ahok assumed they were incorrect in using a Qur’an verse to sway the vote, however the Qur’an is believed to have been left as a guide from Allah for all Muslims and what he did is deemed as blasphemy.

This is a mistake which could easily be replicated in the west, as most non Muslims do not understand the importance of what are believed to be Allah’s eternal decrees in the Qur’an and Sunnah.


The verse was Al Maida 51,

O you who have believed, do not take the Jews and the Christians as allies. They are [in fact] allies of one another. And whoever is an ally to them among you – then indeed, he is [one] of them. Indeed, Allah guides not the wrongdoing people. (5/51)


This led to large protests in late 2016 and early 2017, where Muslims made effigies of Ahok condemning him for blasphemy and calling for his arrest.


“We are Muslim. Haram for us to be Led by Kafir”


The Front Pembela Islam (FPI) – better known as the Islamic Defenders Front – led the protests and this later saw Ahok being convicted of blasphemy where he was sentenced to two years imprisonment.

Ahok said he would appeal the sentence, but later dropped the appeal.

The FPI have exhibited violence in the past and led raids on religious buildings and increasing religious persecution in Indonesia.

Two years ago they focused their efforts politically.

To see more about the FPI please watch this short video made in 2017.



The FPI are pushing their ideals into mosques across North Sumatra and attempting to influence Muslim voters in elections. Using mosques for political campaigns is prohibited in the country, although there is little done to stop this.

One statement being propogated by the FPI throughout mosques was:

“It is the duty of Muslims to try and replace the current president who has betrayed the country and his religion,” he said, accusing Widodo of “selling the country to foreigners” and “empowering communists and deviant religious sects.”

The FPI have pushed the notion the current leader is not Muslim, although the leader is Muslim, his governance is too liberal for the FPI’s liking.

During this years local elections in North Sumatra, billboards were displayed, shown below.

The billboards said,

DO YOU KNOW? There are more verses to prohibit choosing kafirs are more numerous than prohibitions against adultery, pork or alcohol.



Listed are 19 verses against choosing a non Muslim as a leader. 3/28, 3/118, 3/149-150, 4/138-139, 4/141, 4/144, 5/51, 5/57, 5/80-81, 9/16, 9/23, 28/86, 58/14-15, 60/1, 60/13.

(In comparison, there are six verses for adultery, four for pork, and three for alcohol.)

It then goes onto say

“If you adhere to the prohibitions which are not mentioned often, why would you not adhere to the prohibitions mentioned more often?”


In addition to this an invitation for a breakfast was sent out to Muslims.

Please excuse the condition of the letter, this was sent to me by a supporter of my writing.

The heading is from the Masjid Al Ihsan.


INVITATION

From the masjid to the election polls to reach victory for the ummah. Wednesday 27 June 2018, invitation for early morning dawn mass prayers, sermons and breakfast together.

Leave for the polls at 7am.

Quran principles in choosing leaders:

  1. Al Quran prohibits Non Muslims (see the 5 verses) 3/28, 4/144, 9/23, 58/22, 5/57
  2. Al Quran prohibits giving chance to non Muslims to rule over Muslims (see the verse) 4/141
  3. Al Quran declares you as MUNAFIQ/hypocrite if you choose non Muslim (see the verses) 4/138-139
  4. Al Quran declares/punish you as ZALIM/cruel if you choose non Muslim (see the verse) 5/51
  5. Al Quran declares/punish you as FASIQ/impious/violator of Islamic law if you choose non Muslim (see the verse) 5/80-81
  6. Al Quran declares/punish you as SESAT/on the wrong path, if you choose non Muslim (see the verse) 60/1

Although most non Muslims would see this as extreme, this is not the case in Islam due to the obligation on all Muslims to have loyalty and disavowel, the concept is called, “Al Wala’ Wal Bara”, which means, to love and hate in the sake of Allah.

This is part of the understanding in the Shahada and will ensure Islam and Muslims are the priority and shari’ah will be eventually implemented.


In the Sahih Hadith

The Prophet (ﷺ) said: If anyone loves for Allah’s sake, hates for Allah’s sake, gives for Allah’s sake and withholds for Allah’s sake, he will have perfect faith. (Sunan Abi Dawud 4681)


Ibn Tamiyyah said.

“The declaration of faith, there is no god but Allah, requires you to love only for the sake of Allah, to hate only for the sake of Allah, to ally yourself only for the sake of Allah, to declare enmity only for the sake of Allah; it requires you to love what Allah loves and to hate what Allah hates.” (Al-Ihtijaj Bil-Qadr, p.62)


The FPI have the objective for shari’ah to be implemented nationwide throughout all of Indonesia, similar to the Shari’ah penal code which is in place in the Aceh Province.

Please see this article which shows some of the laws being enforced in the Aceh province which include enforcement of hijab, enforcement of obligatory prayer, prohibition of certain attire/hairstyles/piercings, women straddling motorcycles, prohibition of unmarried couples mixing and pre marital sex/homosexuality, prohibition of churches being built and enforcing laws on alcohol.



Aceh, known as the Porch of Mecca – was granted autonomy as a peace treaty following the 2004 Tsunami, which devastated the region and the long term conflict between Muslims and government previous to that, autonomy was granted and Muslims were given the right to implement their own laws for their own community.

The Shari’ah now applies to non Muslims, although it is on voluntary basis. The legal term for this is menundukan diri, which is a loose translation of “submitting”).
It is puzzling why any non Muslim would submit to an Islamic penal code, nethertheless, more details about Shari’ah in Aceh are here and specifically non Muslims here.

The penal code includes patrols of the province by the “religious police”, seeking out people who are breaking the law. The law also applies to tourists to the country.

The punishment is held after Friday prayers, with an audience and can range from military style reconditioning, imprisonment and caning, beheading is also being considered.

As mentioned earlier in the article the FPI used mosques as their tool to propogate their vision, they also did this in Aceh when they occupied the Baiturrahman Mosque during Friday prayers in June 2015, this was in response to a perception that the mosque had become dangerously “Wahhabi”.


Baiturrahman Mosque (Central Aceh) which was occupied by the FPI

The objective in Aceh is nearly complete and the FPI, plus other fundamentalists have now set their sights on other parts of Indonesia, including North Sumatra.

The signs of Islamic fundamentalism are already starting to show in North Sumatra and other parts of Indonesia.

A buddhist chinese woman in North Sumatra was recently sentenced to eighteen months imprisonment for objecting to the call to prayer. It is believed when she objected to the call to prayer in 2016, Muslims reacted violently and sacked buddhist temples, this was blamed, although Christian churches were also attacked the same year.

The woman was found guilty of “insulting Islam”.

Christian female students are now required to wear the hijab in the Riau province, student and parents are begging for this not to be the requirement.


Christian students in Riau

In East Java children were dressed up in Jihadi costumes and paraded the streets holding replica assault rifles. Although an apology was given by the event organisers, it does beg the question who thought this was an acceptable representation of Independence in the first place.



In a 2016 study led by Dr. Didin Syafruddin of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta, 80% of Islamic teachers in five provinces of Indonesia support implementing Shari’ah.

Open doors – an organisation supporting Christians facing persecution around the world – state Indonesia ranks 38 out of 50 of the most dangerous countries to follow Jesus. In addition, the Shia, Buddhists and Ahmadiyya also face persecution in Indonesia.

“Islamic pressure groups and conservative Muslim political parties are pushing for an Islamic nation, posing significant danger to Christians and other religious minorities.” (Opendoors)

Graphic on Persecution of Christians in Indonesia (Open doors)

Indonesia was known as a secular moderate country, with the largest Muslim majority in any country in the world, but due to increasing Saudi investment and the propogating of Wahabbism, the image is rapidly slipping away.
Many Arabic education schools and universities are now funded by Saudi Arabia.

Institute for the Study of Islam and arabic (LIPIA) was founded by Saudi Arabia, which offers free courses and scholarships for Indonesian students to go on to study higher Islamic education in Saudi Arabia.

The founder of the FPI – Habib Rizieq Shihab studied at LIPIA and King Saud University in Riyadh, plus the founder of Salafi group Laskar Jihad also studied at LIPIA.

People of the west might read this article and believe this cannot happen in their country, but due to increasing Saudi funding, rising Muslim population and segregation and conflict, following the pattern of Indonesia could become a very real prospect.

French president Emmanuel Macron is already considering partitioning France to prevent a civil war. Due to unchecked immigration and little thought of the consequences of resettling a population who have opposing cultural and religious norms to citizens of France, riots are on the increase, sectarian conflict, assaults, rapes, drug dealing, anti semitism, religious persecution, and consistent jihad attacks.

The partition would mean Muslims would have their own Muslim community leaders to maintain and develop their community, make local governmental decisions, plus enforce the laws agreed on by the community.

Overtime as Muslims gain further politcal power and more autonomy over regions, it will inevitably lead to implementation of shari’ah bylaws on Muslims and non Muslims, as happened in Aceh and which is currently taking place in the whole of Indonesia.

Muslims are required to follow and respect a leader. Many non Muslims believe this means any leader, however if the leader is causing them to commit what is to believed to be a sin in Islam then the requirement is lifted. This will always ensure that within time the fundamental principles of Islam will be implemented, this will start as fringe “extreme” group which as we have seen in both the west and Indonesia, who are now gaining support in their military and political campaigns to make Allah’s word highest in all lands.

This is hardly surprising when taken into account the sura from the Qur’an required to be recited by all Muslims seventeen times a day within the five obligatory prayers:

“Praise be to Allah, the lord of the universe, the most gracious, the most Merciful, king of the day, king of the day of judgement, it is you alone we worship and you alone we ask for help. Guide us to the straight path. The path of those upon whom You have bestowed favor, not of those who have evoked [Your] anger or of those who are astray”. (al- Fatiha/surah one)


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