Aceh – Muslim Seeks Quieter Mosques, Bullied Into Silence, after ‘Death Threats!’

After our previous posts on how the Jakarta City authorities allow raucous mosques to flout municipal noise control bye-laws  today’s Jakarta Post makes one see why those poor bureaucrats feel the issue is too ‘sensitive‘ to enforce the law.




An ordinary, infirm, Muslim citizen in the shariah hell-hole aka Aceh Province, famed for its floggings of innocuous women, has been ‘forced‘ to withdraw his perfectly legal and civil (and no doubt totally justified) complaint about the din from Banda Aceh’s mosques, after receiving death threats!

Sayed Hasan said that the loudspeakers might be used as a form of bullying by mosques and certainly had disrupted his daily prayers.  “I feel very uncomfortable with the volume they set…my illness just makes it even worse.”

Mr. Sayed went round a series of Islamic bodies with his request for a slightly less cacaphonous call to prayer, which of course is fair enough, since not only do people have watches and clocks these days, but also hand-phones (even many beggars here seem able to afford them!)


Al Muchsinin Mosque, Banda Aceh


Al Muchsinin Mosque, the Banda Aceh city administration, the Islamic Syariah Agency and the Aceh Ulema Consultation Council were all asked politely to help, but did these august institutions do anything?

You gotta be kidding.

If Jakarta’s mosques are effectively aboove the law, you can bet your boots those in the provincial capital of the ‘Verandah of Mecca’ won’t give an inch, or a kilowatt, even if one of their own co-religionists has the audacity to voice his dissatisfaction.

Al Muchisinin Mosque caretaker Didik said that he had been surprised by Sayed’s request. “Of dozens of people who live in the area, why is it only he who feels disrupted by the sound?”

Could be, sir, that the prospect of death threats, perhaps only to be expected in a territory where shariah saagery is the law of the land, might have something to do with it.

  • Aceh's Sharia Gestapo in Action Shariah Gestapo in Aceh

 “Local residents need the loud noise to tell them the time to do their daily prayers,” Didik added, as if they had no other means of telling the time, or maybe they know fine well when it’s time to pray, but would ignore it, unless the bellowing from minarets cows them into attendance.