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Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Saudi Arabia cuts Indonesia's hajj quota by 20% The Saudi government has cut Indonesia`s hajj pilgrimage quota this year by 20 percent or 42,200 pilgrims from 211,000 to 168,000 pilgrims, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadarma Ali said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 June 2013 19:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Anti-graft body postpones questioning of finance minister The planned questioning as witness of Finance Minister Agus Martowardojo on Tuesday by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) over the Hambalang Sports Complex Development (P3SON) scandal has been postponed.

Posted in Corruption @ 18 February 2013 18:56 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


KPK summons four lawmakers over Hambalang scandal The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) summoned for questioning as witnesses on Monday four legislators over an alleged corruption case on the development of the Hambalang National Sports Complex project (P3SON).

Posted in Corruption @ 11 February 2013 20:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims can convey Christmas greetings The Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali said, Muslims can convey Christmas greetings to Christians. "It is not unusual to convey Christmas greetings to Christians," said Ali on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2012 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Imam of Nabawi mosque visits Aceh Syeh Ali Jaber, one of the imams of Nabawi Mosque in Madina, Saudi Arabia, visited West Aceh district, Aceh Darussalam province, on Wednesday.

Posted in General @ 27 June 2012 11:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Greenpeace Indonesia urged to be transparent Greenpeace Indonesia has been urged to open up or tell about its management of funds it has received from the public or donors. "Greenpeace Indonesia must be open and explain transparently to the people about the funds because they are collected from the public," the chairman of the Special Committee on Social Organizations Bill, Abdul Malik Haramain, said here on Monday.

Posted in Environment @ 11 June 2012 16:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Aceh ulema warn muslims against Valentines Day Islamic scholars (ulema) in Aceh have warned Muslims, the younger generation in particular, that observing Valentine`s Day is not allowed in Islam and against sharia law that is in force in all of Aceh province.

Posted in Religion @ 08 February 2012 12:52 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


At least 212 hajj pilgrims die in the Holy Land The number of Indonesians who died in the Holy Land while making the hajj pilgrimage this year had by Saturday afternoon local time reached 212, official data showed.

Posted in Religion @ 14 November 2011 00:48 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


RI hajj pilgrims now staying closer to Haram Mosque The government has been able to provide lodgings for Indonesian hajj pilgrims in Saudi Arabia that are located closer to the Haram Mosque and make sure none of the rooms is occupied beyond capacity.

Posted in Religion @ 02 November 2011 18:16 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Nazaruddin's bank accounts frozen by KPK The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) says it has frozen some bank accounts belonging to graft fugitive M. Nazaruddin, because he is a suspect in an alleged bribery case linked to the construction of an athletes' dormitory for the upcoming Southeast Asian Games in Palembang, South Sumatra.

Posted in Corruption @ 13 July 2011 04:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic scholars in Riau: 'No women as mayor' A group of religious idiots - eeh, Islamic scholars - in the province of Riau in southern Sumatra, has announced that a woman as candidate for a mayoral position is haram, against their interpretation of Islam. This was announced by the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) earlier today.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2011 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The naughty hand of minister-idiot Tifatul Sembiring Once more, the biggest munafik created a buzz around his very own pathetic little person as Minister of Information of the Indonesian Republic, Tifatul Sembiring. How he did it this time? Well, it's quite simple; as self-proclaimed 'good muslem' - member of the radical Islamic PKS party that has an hidden agenda of founding an Islamic state in Indonesia and Southeast Asia - he shook the hand of a female person that was not his own wife.

Posted in Religion @ 10 November 2010 12:32 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ramadan: Which 'porn' is really blocked? Just several weeks ago the Indonesian Minister of Communication, reli-nut Tifatul Sembiring of the radical Islamic Party for Prosperous Justice PKS, threatened to block half the internet. This was to protect Islamic values during the holy month of fasting, Ramadan. And was most likely to be maintained afterward as well, because it was already implemented anyway.

Posted in Ramadan @ 11 August 2010 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian gamblers now go to Singapore After Batam closed down it's semi-allowed casino's after they changed governors there - talking about stable investment climate - Singapore opened it first casino yesterday. The main target? Millions of Indonesians with money to spare that would like to gamble a little but don't want to travel too far to do so.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Naik ojek 'haram'. Who cares? A religious decree banning the use of ojek (motorcycle 'taxi') from the FMP3, which stands for for the name of a group of religious Islamic schools in East Java province, is completely ignored by the normal people in the Indonesian society. They see the use of ojek as a quick way to get anywhere when traffic is clogging up again and you just need to be somewhere soon.

Posted in Religion @ 20 January 2010 01:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Pork as zakat Most likely the clerk was slightly confuse because he was fasting that he somewhat stressed when he saw my pork. It was around five in the afternoon when I strolled through the Hypermart supermarket, searching for a small gas stove which can be put on a table during the meal. Still sold out, so I went shopping for some food. The freezer full of daging babi. White text on a red background may look like big danger, but it is merely dead, packed and frozen pork.

Posted in Ramadan @ 04 September 2009 13:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police looking for haram money before Ramadan It happens every year. In the run up to the holy month of fasting Ramadan, a part of the Indonesian police force is panicked slightly. They have to pay for their mudik (a trip back to their home town) at the end of the period of fasting and will have less work during the month itself because millions of people go home as well and public life changes drastically.

Posted in Corruption @ 16 August 2009 04:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Buy Indonesian products! Don't if you want to live. The Indonesian government has launched a campaign that should stimulate Indonesians to buy locally produced products instead of those 'haram' and 'zionist' foreign products from far and remote countries. Indonesians generally don't care too much about what their government tells them, but in this case it actually seems to work.

Posted in Accidents @ 29 May 2009 09:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim clerics ban gossiping, flirting on Facebook Muslim clerics in Indonesia's East Java province Friday banned the faithful from gossiping and flirting on social networking websites such as Facebook and Friendster. The clerics also urged Facebook and Friendster to curb what they called "lewd and pornographic" content and warned that they would request the government to block the sites if their call went unheeded.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2009 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Indonesians ignore religious edicts against smoking, yoga Indonesia's most powerful Islamic scholars weren't looking for a debate when they handed down their latest fatwas on how to be a good Muslim. But they still got an argument and, perhaps worse, a chorus of "Who cares?" after decreeing that it is haram, or forbidden, to smoke in public, or for children and pregnant women to have a puff of tobacco anywhere.

Posted in Religion @ 07 February 2009 12:10 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic Council to decide over 'fatwa' against smoking early 2009 The Islamic Council of Scholars in Indonesia (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or just MUI) will decide about the fatwa about smoking early next year. They are to decide whether smoking is allowed or has to be banned by the Islamic scholars. They can also decide not to choose a direction however. A high percentage of Indonesians smoke, and however many are Muslem, it is doubtful it will actually change the habit of many.

Posted in Religion @ 24 November 2008 07:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 431 Indonesian hajj pilgrims die in Saudi Arabia A total of 431 Indonesian Hajj pilgrims died in the Holy Land until late Monday (Jan 8) at 10 p.m. Saudi time, according to information from the Hajj Media Center of the Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. Up to Sunday (Jan 7), about 404,569 Hajj pilgrims from various countries left Saudi Arabia via the Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah and the Prince Mohammad bin Abdul Aziz Airport in Madina.

Posted in Religion @ 09 January 2007 05:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia's top Islamic body bans terror Indonesia's highest Islamic authority has said Muslim law forbids terrorism and suicide bombings, but that jihad, or holy war, is a religious obligation if Islam is under attack. The Indonesian Ulama Council deputy chairman Din Syamsudin said yesterday that it had issued an edict on the issue late on Tuesday.

Posted in Religion @ 18 December 2003 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


The lively tinkle of the grand piano, the sound of the bass, and the beat of the drums by the Bill Heid Trio generated a warm atmosphere at the official residence of the Ambassador of the United States of America, Ralph L. Boyce, on Jalan Taman Suropati, Jakarta, on September 19. The performance of the famous jazz group—which often graces the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center, a prestigious cultural showplace in Washington—mesmerized the American diplomats. They were carried away by the beat of the music, tapped their feet, and sipped champagne. Boyce, no mean drummer and guitarist himself, was all smiles as he jammed with the band.

Posted in General @ 27 September 2002 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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