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  • ross1948 13:34 on May 16, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Blitar, , , , , mosque noise, ,   

    In Blitar, East Java, Dere’s Da Good News…And Da Kill-Joys! 

    The good news for the fine folks who live in Blitar, East Java, is that the local authorities have told  the numerous mosques in the city ‘not to broadcast tadarus (Quran recitals) over loud speakers after 10pm.’

    A welcome relief, no doubt.

    Mosque noise is an issue that has long been making news, not just in the provinces but all over Indonesia, most recently, and shockingly in Sumatra…

    Jackboot! Woman Jailed For Complaint About Mosque Noise! 

    …where a court verdict on a harmless woman appalled decent people around the world.

    There was too the victimisation of a Muslim man in Aceh…

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

    …which of course is run by shariah fanatics…



    …but also in Jakarta..

    …where even former Vice-President Kalla, himself a serious Muslim, acknowledged the problem.


    Turn It Down! Ex VP Urges Volume Control for Noisy Indonesian Mosques 

    For my part, I’ve long since ceased to be bothered in my comfy bed, but a nice London lass I know actually moved house, from Rasuna Said to a district way down in Jakarta’s south, simply because the constant and incredible volume of calls to prayer rendered her incapable of getting a proper rest.

    So it’s commendable that, in Blitar, the head of the Public Order Officer Unit (Satpol PP), a Mr. Juari, showed a sensible grasp of reality.

    He noted that fasting all day left people tired out after work so no wonder his sensible circular ‘had received a warm welcome from a wide cross-section of the community, including the takmir..’

    However, for Blitar people, that might have been the only bit of news that they got this month.

    the Blitar city has also banned live music performances and the sale of liquor in cafes, hotels and other entertainment spots…“Satpol PP will take stern action against cafes selling alcoholic drinks,” said Juari, adding that routine patrols would be held to monitor the city during Ramadan…  https://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2019/05/07/blitar-bans-quran-recitals-over-loud-speakers-after-10-p-m.html

    Which brings me back to my usual theme at this time of year.


    If those who wish to be as devout as can be cannot walk by a cafe selling beer or playing music without caving in to temptation, what kind of commitment do they have to their devotion?

    Fact is, they should be grateful for the opportunity to resist, to show their grit.

    If they sat in a sound-proof room all through Ramadhan, what would that prove?

    Nothing at all.

    I could echo the late President Gus Dur, who exalted religious liberty and tolerance. He urged fasters to respect non-fasters!


    gus dur fasting


    I could talk about the civil rights of those who are not obliged by their creeds to observe the fasting.

    But they’re just minorities!

    Who cares about their rights?

    Not the kill-joy crowd, that’s for sure.

  • ross1948 16:55 on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , Meiliana, mosque noise,   

    Terror Beast Stays Caged – But Why Not Free Some GOOD People? 

    Good to read that President Jokowi has backed off his stated intention to unleash the rabid terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir…



    …after public outrage over the old monster’s refusal top fulfil the basic requirement – Government Regulation (PP) No. 99/2012 –  here for such releases…

    garuda pancasila (lambang negara Indonesia)

    …a pledge of loyalty to his country and to its pluralist national ideology.

    We discussed this at length a week or so ago…

      “A Wise And Noble Step?” Islamic ‘Scholars’ On Terrorist Unleashed In Indonesia!

    …and, while I doubt that anyone powerful here reads my blog, certainly the powers-that-be must have been shaken by the general dismay that the news of the beast’s release provoked.

    Most Indonesians are decent people.

    Most decent Indonesians, like most people everywhere, regard terrorists as satanic scum.

    But if Jokowi is concerned to be seen as a humane leader, doling out compassionate clemency, surely there are others who deserve their freedom much more than Ba’asyir The Beast.

    One obvious deserving case is Meiliana!


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    Jackboot! Woman Jailed For Complaint About Mosque Noise! 


    • JazPen 20:51 on February 8, 2019 Permalink | Reply

      Happy to see you will still keep writing about what goes on here.
      Setting that woman free would send a reassuring signal to the world.
      Somehow I just cant see that signal being sent, sorry to say.


  • ross1948 18:19 on March 13, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Deja Vu in Jakarta – More Protests But Many Mosques Still Blaring! 

    I was relaxing beside a pool on Thursday afternoon and picked up a Jakarta Post that was within easy reach of where I was lounging slothfully, only almost to discard it within a twinkling of an eye..

    True, that’s a not unreasonable response to what has been called the Havana Post…An Unspeakable Woman – And An Unspeakable Newspaper!  …and its wearisome pretensions to pluralism, given its failure to condemn its collaborationist owners…

    burning books

    Grovelling Gramedia’s BookBurning Bonanza – Appeasing Fanatics 


    But on that occasion, last Thursday, I honestly thought it was just a very out-of-date copy that had been resurrected from an old cupboard.

    Why? Because of the headline.

    Kalla urges mosques to tone it down http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2016/03/11/police-bust-south-jakarta-teenage-prostitution-ring.html

    I read it carefully, a longish yarn about Vice-President Jusuf Kalla urging inconsiderate ‘clerics’ who run cacaphonous mosques in Jakarta to give it a rest.

    I live close enough to several mosques and the volume can be loud sometimes, but I’m used to it. Other people I know, for example a friend who lives on Jalan Rasuna Said, downtown, tell me it’s unbearable in their vicinity.


    Jusuf Kalla


    But when I got home from the evening’s partying, I checked out old posts on this blog, and sure enough!

    Deja vu!

    Mr.Kalla appeared in one of my posts back in 2012! About exactly the same problem!

    Mosques Above The Law! ‘Too Sensitive’ to Enforce Noise Control! And Criticism? – ‘An Outrage!’ 

    The sheer Islamist arrogance expressed  back then, by the parliamentary spokesman for the fanatic PKS party, has to be read to be believed.

    To be fair, decent Muslims abound here, and we also quoted one of those, a mosque care-taker named Badhruddin Noor, who keeps the noise down out of common civility..

    Badruddin also cited religious tolerance as a reason behind their policy. 
    “Half of the population in this neighborhood is non-Muslim so we have to respect them too.”  

    If we fast-forward to last year, too, we find Mr. Kalla quoted again, on the same subject.

    Generous Jakarta Mosques – Free ‘Wee Small Hours’ Alarm Calls! 

    Clearly asking arrogant bigots to pipe down is a waste of time. But in fact there’s no need to. Jakarta, at least, has apparently had, for years, regulations about noise nuisance, as noted in our previous posts.

     Jakarta administration spokesman Cucu Ahmad Kurnia said “There are some local ordinances regarding public order, including one passed in 2007. However, adzan is not regarded as a public disturbance given the sensitivity of the issue. Some people might be annoyed by it but most of us, who live in a predominantly Muslim country, still need it,” he said.

    Not regarded as a public nuisance? By whom? Need it? As I observed then…

    Why is it sensitive to expect mosques to respect the feelings of non-Muslims?

    Slapping fines on the anti-socials should surely be possible, and would, I suspect, get the job done. Just keep fining them, then if they don’t pay the fines, have them arrested for non-payment.

    As I remarked in one of those previous posts – 

    If I’m getting home pre-dawn, after a good night out, I don’t come along the street singing ‘The Wild Side of Life’ (usually!) or raucously rattle my garden gate (unless I’ve dropped my keys in my unsteady attempts to open it!)

    What’s sauce for the drunken reveller should be sauce for the triumphalist sectarian.

    How long must people suffer until something is done? Go back even to 2011 and we see the same problem, the same protests, from the same people.

    Turn It Down! Ex VP Urges Volume Control for Noisy Indonesian Mosques 

    But this, as we know, is Jakarta.

  • ross1948 09:51 on June 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , cacaphony, , , , mosque noise,   

    Generous Jakarta Mosques – Free ‘Wee Small Hours’ Alarm Calls! 

    bear-awake joke

    for some of us, mornings are not meant to be noisy…


    “Some ulemas say it’s okay to use loudspeakers to amplify sermons, thinking it as a syiar [spreading religious values]. However, we think that waking up neighbors for sahur at 2 a.m., for example, can instead annoy people, including those who conduct solemn prayers at home,” Al-Ihsan Mosque caretaker Badruddin Noor, 48, said.

    Hurray for Badruddin.

    Though it’s hardly rocket science to realise that being woken in the wee small hours is extremely annoying.

     If I’m getting home pre-dawn, after a good night out, I don’t come along the street singing ‘The Wild Side of Life’ (usually!) or raucously rattle my garden gate (unless I’ve dropped my keys in my unsteady attempts to open it!)

    I’m a considerate chap!



    Considerate of those who do not share my life-style, and there’s no excuse for anyone not to be, especially since just about everyone in Jakarta is smart enough to set their mobile phone alarm (and EVERYONE has mobile phones here!) 

    But Mr. B is clearly a decent fellow, devoid of the nastiness that ear-marks some scholastic sectarians in this town.  Many Islamic Scholars Are ‘Former Prisoners and Thugs!’ Gosh! If WE said that… 

    Badruddin also cited religious tolerance as a reason behind their policy. 
    “Half of the population in this neighborhood is non-Muslim so we have to respect them too.”   


    The report tells us that Vice-President Jusuf Kalla is a driving force behind this progressive attitude. He’s very much a committed Muslim but recently criticized the overuse of mosque loudspeakers during Ramadhan, saying that Muslims should also respect those who need to rest at night.

    jusuf-kalla4 JK


    Good for JK.

    But we also read that a lot of ignoramuses among the so-called ‘scholar’ (ulema) community have been ignoring the call to behave like civilised citizens. Though here in the Indonesian capital, they’re not quite as awful as in unspeakable Aceh –

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

    The thing is, there are noise-control laws. But many officials are too craven to enforce them against backward anti-socials who call themselves ‘scholars.’    https://rossrightangle.wordpress.com/2012/05/11/mosques-above-the-law-too-sensitive-to-enforce-noise-control-and-criticism-an-outrage/

    All that’s required is a crack-down.

    Issue a Noise Abatement Notice to transgressors and check for compliance, then close those places that still engage in nocturnal cacaphony.

    There are SO many mosques in Jakarta that no would-be worshipper will be unable to find a place to pray.-

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