Indonesia

Your Daily Muslim #611: Deby Rinaldi

Your Daily Muslim #611: Deby Rinaldi

Indonesia is hailed by many as a paradise of moderate Islam. However, that isn’t exactly the case. Take this next soap opera-licious case, which saw sharia hudud (punishments) being meted out for a harmless consensual act. A 24-year-old man named Anis and a 17-year-old girl named Kiki were seen making out in a forest. Instead […]

Your Daily Muslim #544: Saeful Sardi Jayadi and Didik Purwanto

Your Daily Muslim #544: Saeful Sardi Jayadi and Didik Purwanto

Indonesian Islamic cleric Saeful Sardi Jayadi was at odds with his religion. Though he considered himself a devoted servant of the invisible sky-demon Allah, his body was telling him something wasn’t right with his oppressive faith. For example, why couldn’t he explore his kinks? What was so awful about his innate urges that made Allah […]

Your Daily Muslim #543: Ratu Erma Rahmayanti

Your Daily Muslim #543: Ratu Erma Rahmayanti

It wears a thick cloak and speaks with a voice of dread. Its presence is shrouded in an austere gloom. It is… Indonesian Islamic scholar Ratu Erma Rahmayanti. An outspoken supporter of Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, Rahmayanti uses her academic “credentials” (read: studying the same stupid fairytale for years on end) to impress her fellow […]

Your Daily Muslim: Ibrahim Latif

Your Daily Muslim: Ibrahim Latif

Indonesia’s Aceh province, which is majority-Muslim, has enacted Islamic sharia law as the law of the land. Just like what always happens when sharia is enacted, there were catastrophic consequences for the residents of Aceh. Ibrahim “Queen Latifah” Latif is the head of sharia enforcement in Langsa city, and he has made it his life’s […]

Your Daily Muslim: Maman Abdurrahman

Your Daily Muslim: Maman Abdurrahman

Indonesian Islamist Maman (not to be confused with “maman,” a French way to refer to one’s mother) Abdurrahman has it out for anyone showing a hint of religious tolerance. Abdurrahman is the chairman of Indonesian Islamic organization Persis, and has some crazy ideas about how Muslims should behave during the holiday season. Like many others […]

Your Daily Muslim: Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola

Your Daily Muslim: Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola

Oppression sucks. However, many Muslimahs embrace the culture/religion that prevents them from truly appreciating their bodies and enjoying numerous liberties. Nigerian Muslimah Obabiyi Aishah Ajibola loves being oppressed so much, she traveled halfway across the globe to Indonesia to compete in a competition of the least psychologically-liberated people on the planet. The Muslimah World “beauty” […]

Your Daily Muslim: Jafar Umar Thalib

Your Daily Muslim: Jafar Umar Thalib

You know you’ve hit rock bottom when the best thing you can think to do with your life is start a jihadi organization. Indonesian Muslim Jafar Umar Thalib’s life had reached such a low point after a tumultuous trans-national college career that he ended up waging jihad in Afghanistan. A few years later, he returned […]