Indonesia’s Islamic Defenders Front: “Indonesia is a peaceful country and does not need jihadists anymore. Those who want to fight for Islam can go to the battlefields in Palestine or Iraq”
- Nice try. But the chances ain’t good…
In other words, violent jihad is still a noble undertaking in the eyes of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) — just not in Indonesia, not now, while it’s bad for business in the wake ofÂ last month’s hotel bombings. Note also the implied distinction between jihad and “terrorism,” which the FPI says it expects the government to keep a lid on for Ramadan.
Never mind that the FPI hasÂ done its fair share to spread terror around Indonesia among religious minorities. But Ramadan — that can’t be disturbed, of course. “FPI ready to fight terrorists,” by Andi Hajramurni for theÂ Jakarta Post, August 14:
Hard-line Muslim group the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) in eastern part of Indonesia denounced on Friday acts of terrorism and declared their readiness to help fight terror suspects on the run.
Translations of the group’s name vary slightly: Sometimes they’re the Islamic Defender Front as well.
The group’s leader, Habib Mahmud bin Umar Al Hamid, said terrorism went against Islam, which promotes peace.
He said a terror group would find it difficult to develop if people did not give any room for them to spread their teachings.
“If people are united and support the government, police and military, terrorists will find no opportunity to strike. Therefore we call on people to fight terrorism.”
He said the FPI was against violence and could not accept the use of violence in the name of religion in the country.
“Indonesia is a peaceful country and does not need jihadists anymore. Those who want to fight for Islam can go to the battlefields in Palestine or Iraq.”
He said the FPI expected the government to ensure no violence occurred during Ramadan fasting month,Â so that Muslims could conduct their religious duties untroubled.
Everyone else, not so much.
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Bucktooth Bashir begs to differ:
The Jakarta Post –Â Slamet Susanto and Suherdjoko
A notorious Muslim cleric who was once jailed for the Bali terror attacks in 2002, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, warned the nation on Friday to face more suicide bombings unless Indonesia enforced Islamic sharia law.
To reduce or combat bomb attacks in Indonesia, the majority Muslim country should change its administration system by implementing sharia, Ba’asyir said.
There you go… More from Counter Jihad:Â Without sharia – terrorism
Muslim terrorist families linked by history to Dar’ul Islam
Brought together by a shared belief and aim in setting up an Islamic state of Indonesia and fighting for marginalized Muslims, the family of Ahmad Kandai has devoted their entire lives to fi ghting for such a cause.
Ahmad is a noted figure in theÂ Darul Islam (DI) hard-line movement that sought to turn Indonesia into an Islamic state between 1942 and 1962.
His older brother, Nasir, tried to assassinate former president Sukarno in November 1957 in Cikini, Central Jakarta, after the country’s fi rst leader initiated the Nasakom doctrine that combined nationalist, religious and co mmunist principles.
Nasir was executed by the military without trial. Ahmad’s sons – Farihin, Abdul Jabar, Mohamad Islam, Solahuddin and Mohamad Yasir – all claim to be jihadist by nature.
“We’re all involved *in terrorism*,” says Farihin, who spent three years in Afghanistan in the 1980s, fi ghting with the Mujahedeen against Russia.
“Maybe it’s because of our vows to uphold Islamic law, despite the traumatic history of our family. “Our historical ties with DI encourage us stay ever true to our course.” Â More from Counter Jihad: Â Muslim terrorist families linked by history to Darul Islam