President Jokowi has quite lot to contend with these days, both home and abroad, and even gets criticism from our blog from time to time.
But a new clamour has arisen, from that ever-ready source of intolerance, the IslamoNazi FPI, the self-styled ‘Islam Defenders Front.’
They want him PROSECUTED for blasphemy!
They’ve got their white-shirt knickers in a twist because last week’s State Palace celebration of the Islamic Ascension included Koranic readings in which the verses were recited with rhythms associated with Indonesia, rather than with Arabia.
Given that the State Palace is located in Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia, a naive observer might see nothing amiss with this.
Indeed, many observers, not at all naive, might raise a cheer, because it tends to be that minority of Muslims who pay much too much attention to backward Arab thnking who cause offence and disturbance.
The more Indonesianised any Islamic activities become, surely the better for all concerned.
‘We Muslims should fast with respect for those not fasting.’
The late President Gud Dur was a fine example of how to apply Islamic standards in a Javanese (i.e.tolerant and civilised) manner.
Among those whose response suggests approval are that refreshing fellow, Lukman, about whom it would be uncharitable to say that he’s the best Minister of Religious Affairs since Suryadharma Ali.
Truth to tell, my cat would have been an improvement on Ali.
In fact, Lukman is an admirable man, who seems to be a person of genuine good character and goodwill to all men.
Anyway, Lukman defended the use of Javanese rhythms at the palace, despite many who say such a manner of recitation is forbidden.
“The purpose of reading the Koran with Java style is to keep and maintain the tradition of the archipelago in spreading the teachings of Islam in this country,” said Lukman on his personal Twitter account.
Today, how many Indonesians can afford to study Arabic in school, even supposing they can afford to go to school at all?
Of couse, there are pesantren, the so-called ‘Islamic boarding schools,’ but while I’m prepared to concede that some of those are run by good people, a lot are NOT! Many are at best described as obscurantist!
Others are much worse than that!
But Indonesia has a way to go before that kind of progress is conceivable. Having prayers in Bahasa Indonesia? Or Bahasa Jawa or Bahasa Sunda? Read about the police investigation into Muhammad Yusman Roy for conducting Islamic ritual prayers (shalat) in two languages, Arabic and Indonesian. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2005/08/12/mui-fatwa-negates-freedom-religion-human-rights.html
Let’s just be glad for now that the Javanese rhythm is getting support.
But not from some geezer called Saiful Islam Mubarak, who runs – yes, you guessed! – the Pesantren Tinggi Maqdis.
He reckons this step challenges the character of the Koran.
Lukman’s response is mild.
“That’s understandable because this is something new and gives rise to diverse views…This is purely my own proposal… something positive with positive goals…,” said Lukman.
BUT there’s no show without Punch!
Lukman’s opinion enflamed the FPI!
- Their frantic fanatic fuhrer, Habib Rizieq, modestly demanded that “the President and the Minister repent and ask forgiveness before God, and apologize to all Muslims.“
Since when did this outlandish gang-leader speak for ALL Muslims?
Jokowi’s a Muslim, Lukman’s a Muslim, and Lukman consulted various ulama (‘scholars’) prior to the recital.
But Rizieq’s having none of that archaic (and Javanese-style!) rubbish about respecting other’s views.
“If not, they must be processed with the blasphemy law and ousted from office because of insulting the Koran. Legally, insulting the Koran is apostasy. An apostate cannot lead Muslims!”
The end of the world…
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