ISIS embarrassing Muslims: Yudhoyono

Indonesian president denounces extremist group as "out of control"; government officials, religious leaders call for international condemnation of ISIS.

By Aditya Surya for Khabar Southeast Asia in Jakarta

August 26, 2014
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The chorus of Indonesians – including outgoing President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono – condemning the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is growing stronger, especially after massive violence committed by the extremist group against fellow Muslims and the recent gruesome behading of an American journalist.

  •  Kurdish protesters denounce the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a demonstration Sunday (August 24th) outside UN offices in Erbil, Iraq. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called ISIS

    Kurdish protesters denounce the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) during a demonstration Sunday (August 24th) outside UN offices in Erbil, Iraq. Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono called ISIS "embarrassing" to all Muslims. [Safin Hamed/AFP]

"ISIS is becoming out of control. …We do not tolerate it. We forbid ISIS in Indonesia. Indonesia is not an Islamic state. We respect all religions," Yudhoyono told The Australian on August 21st.

He added that ISIS's slaughter and violent actions are embarrassing Muslim countries.

Meanwhile, National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) chairman Ansyaad Mbai said Monday (August 25th) Indonesia planned to punish ISIS and its supporters to the fullest extent of its laws, but called on the international community for support.

"To do so, we need support from all related stakeholders especially from countries where the terrorist group is operating," Ansyaad said, according to the Jakarta Globe. "To enforce the law, we need accurate and valid evidence from Iraq and Syria" about Indonesian citizens who are there, he said.

Ansyaad said 34 jihadists who flew to Iraq and Syria were identified as terrorists formerly imprisoned in Indonesia.

Denouncement from religious leaders

Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) leader Din Syamsuddin told Khabar Southeast Asia his organisation does not support ISIS and encourages all Indonesian Muslims to avoid ISIS's recruitment efforts.

"ISIS is humiliating themselves," he told Khabar. "They aren't following Muhammad's teachings."

He added each person has the responsibility to respond with serious conviction so there is a united front condemning ISIS's actions. MUI is co-ordinating with government, police and scholars from Islamic organisations, Din said.

He explained the reason a fatwa banning ISIS has not been issued is because they are only issued when something is unclear in the Qur'an.

"With ISIS, everything is already clear. Their actions are prohibited," he said.

Protecting impressionable youth

Central Jakarta cleric Ahmad Fatih told Khabar ISIS is dangerous because their ideas become "contagious" when an Islamic leader involved with the organisation influences his students.

"I mention this because most of our students will do whatever the cleric says," Ahmad said. "Therefore, if the cleric supports ISIS, the whole class will also support ISIS."

He said Muslim leaders and clerics should be among the first to participate in government training on how to counter ISIS's ideology and help Indonesians disengage from the group.

University of Atmajaya international relations student Puspita Dewi told Khabar ISIS and terrorism are synonymous.

"I think the world should be reacting faster to stop them before they get bigger. At some point, the world must also cut any funding sources that ISIS may have," she said. "Otherwise, they can be stronger and stronger, getting support from jihadists from all over the world."

Din said ISIS's ideology is not Islam and called the group worse than terrorists.

"I hope Muslims and non-Muslim are united to fight and to prevent the spread of wrong ideology," the MUI leader said. "ISIS is dangerous not only for Indonesia but for all human beings."

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    • abu 'abdulloh
      October 12, 2014 @ 09:10:36AM
    • Al-Haq remains under the protection of Allah, whereas Yudhoyono is under the protection of Obama who is cursed by Allah. Do not be deceived by the slander aimed at the Daulah Islamiyyah (formerly ISIS). Know this, all who vilify stand against ISIS, the Daulah Islamiyyah (ISIS) adheres to the Qur'an and Sunnah which uphold the Islamic sharia. To all Muslims who stand against ISIS, do you know how they uphold the Islamic sharia? Study the Hadith more on the subject of slander and the tribulations of the end of days if you want to know! Know that the black banners (black flags) with the writing Laa Ilaha Illalloh (in Arabic) will soon become a flag that will rule all the world! Just wait! Allah's promise is certain! Brothers, cry out the Takbir! Allah is Great!
    • Dharmawan
      October 12, 2014 @ 12:10:14AM
    • Study the Qur'an first, you are still green and yet you denounce. They know better about Islam, because that is the land of Syam, the best that Allah chose.
    • hamba ilahi
      September 26, 2014 @ 12:09:45PM
    • ISIS is an uprising of the Muslim people that is very much feared by Westerners. Let us together support this long awaited revival. Victory is assured for Muslims, there is victory in battle or the victory of martyrdom on the path of Allah.
    • bowo
      September 24, 2014 @ 05:09:35AM
    • Is ISIS real or not? What if it was purposefully created by them (the West) to take over Syria or something? Let's wake up, Muslim people, remember Kuwait and Iraq, all they are doing is creating dissension and once we are destroyed, they will come in and take control of everything, typical.
    • emily
      September 24, 2014 @ 12:09:10AM
    • Continue your struggle, may Allah be with you always. Do not fear their words, don't give them any thought. Ultimately, Allah will always protect His army in waging war against the Jews and Christians and Allah promises His paradise for those who become martyrs.
    • amir syarifunddin
      September 23, 2014 @ 12:09:47AM
    • Indonesia recognizes two extremes, left and right, we know the cruelty of the left extremist but ISIS as an right extremist, which is no less cruel than the left extremist.
    • zuherna
      September 22, 2014 @ 10:09:31AM
    • Islam is a religion that can be accepted by sound reason and it can be contemplated. Islam is the perfected form of the others which is why I am certain that Islam is the best. The best will always endure.
    • candra simanjuntak
      September 22, 2014 @ 12:09:43AM
    • So?
    • hercules
      September 21, 2014 @ 11:09:52PM
    • Come now, let's not speak ill of religions, whether it's Islam, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, what matters now is that we are one in the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia and that we all reject the presence of ISIS in Indonesia.
    • iwan setiawan
      September 21, 2014 @ 09:09:58PM
    • Islam will always win, virtue and wickedness will not be confused. All that has been outlined before humans were created. The most important thing for us Muslims is that we are not easily divided by irresponsible parties, especially those who want to destroy Islam. Allah is Great.
    • udindm
      September 21, 2014 @ 04:09:55AM
    • ISIS really needs to be wiped from the face of the Earth, down to its roots. A group that does not believe in Allah because they commit violations and their teachings are not in line with the Islamic religion.
    • Dharmawan
      October 12, 2014 @ 12:10:27AM
    • Deepen your knowledge on Islam, and then comment.
    • elis.
      September 14, 2014 @ 09:09:47AM
    • Neither are beneficial, both hurt Muslim people. Commenting is not enough, align your heart and purpose to Allah. Robby.
    • fauziyah
      September 19, 2014 @ 01:09:00AM
    • That's right, it should not just be a comment on the internet.
    • shary
      September 14, 2014 @ 08:09:10AM
    • Islam will win.
    • fauziyah
      September 19, 2014 @ 01:09:54AM
    • It is a must.
    • novitasharyajha
      September 14, 2014 @ 08:09:48AM
    • Islam will certainly win against ISIS.
    • joni herman
      September 13, 2014 @ 02:09:35PM
    • Mr. Yudhoyono harshly condemns ISIS but he has never reacted to Israel's destruction of Muslims. Perhaps it is because Mr. Yudhoyono is a strategic expert and is hard to predict.
    • m ibrahim
      September 13, 2014 @ 11:09:32AM
    • In the name of Allah, if we read the history of the Muslim people, the victory and glory of Muslims did not come from riches, powerful armies, or legions of fighters but it was their faith in Allah. Their love for Allah SWT was bigger than their love for this world.
    • m rukmana
      September 12, 2014 @ 09:09:37AM
    • Let us be introspective as Muslims but it seems as if we want to reject the Islamic sharia. Are we truly Islamic? Do our actions reflect the creed we pledge? When was the last time we recited the creed?
    • ZABIR
      September 12, 2014 @ 06:09:09AM
    • Do not write an article if you don't know the intricacies of the matter. Usually, those who speak ill of others are worse, even more disgraceful than they are. In the Quran, Allah says something along the lines of "The Jews and Christians will not be happy until Muslims are converted (follow the teachings of Jews and Christians)". So, while Jews or Christians make articles that only highlight the flaws of Muslims, you keep your wickedness tightly sealed inside your metal safe or something stronger. Yet, in the end, only the way of Allah (Islam) will save His servants later in the afterlife.
    • bowo
      September 24, 2014 @ 05:09:56AM
    • Agree, man. Let us Indonesian Muslims unite once in a while to defend our people who are being oppressed everywhere.
    • ndoro jatun
      September 12, 2014 @ 03:09:09AM
    • What a bother, just bomb them directly and they will be finished. Such a hassle. But, start from the leaders first.
    • udin
      September 10, 2014 @ 11:09:20PM
    • ISIS has the courage to fight America. Soon, they will fight Israel as well so that those who ruin the world will be wiped out, I don't care.
    • Baron
      September 10, 2014 @ 09:09:54PM
    • O you who have believed, we will bring forth a people who will love Allah and Allah will love those who are gentle toward the believers, powerful against the disbelievers (Qs. Al-maidah 54)
    • hading
      September 10, 2014 @ 05:09:46PM
    • Do not use excuses like struggle and defending the interests of Muslims while sacrificing other innocent Muslims.
    • romy
      September 10, 2014 @ 10:09:23AM
    • Indonesia is a slave to America and honestly, I am not the least bit proud of being a citizen of this country.
    • Joko
      September 10, 2014 @ 07:09:49AM
    • The signs of the arrival of Imam Mahdi as a harbinger of the end of days have appeared and are undeniable. Hopefully we will be among the faithful.
    • rio..
      September 12, 2014 @ 11:09:44AM
    • Amin, o Allah.
    • riski alfahmi
      September 8, 2014 @ 06:09:14AM
    • Why is Yudhoyono humiliating Islam?
    • Muhammad Arif Ridwan
      September 6, 2014 @ 11:09:14AM
    • The question is why it is only being done to ISIS? Why don't you do this to the country of Israel? And why aren't you tracing the funds Israel is using to launch attacks? Who is more of a terrorist than the ones who have killed two thousand Palestinians? Where are your hearts, fellow Muslims?
    • saipul ahmad
      September 5, 2014 @ 12:09:00PM
    • It is just fraudulent news intentionally spread by the infidels to slander Muslims.
      September 14, 2014 @ 10:09:04AM
    • You are nonsense.
    • surya
      September 24, 2014 @ 05:09:56AM
    • Damn it, watch what you say.
    • rijal
      September 5, 2014 @ 06:09:24AM
    • Isn't the ISIS caliphate a creation of America aimed at wreaking havoc on Muslims in the Middle East?
    • Chairil
      September 10, 2014 @ 07:09:54AM
    • How do you know that ISIS is an American creation?
    • zulfisyukur
      August 31, 2014 @ 07:08:00PM
    • Which is right name, ISIS or ISIL? Whether we want to or not we need to know about the turmoil in the land of Syam. Is it ideology? Is it politics? What is it? What is clear is that the ISIS issue has been vigorously echoed in this country from the village level in the form of banners, on the side of the road, in television media, the press, seminars, etc. Incredible.
    • Jambezh
      August 30, 2014 @ 01:08:31AM
    • It's only a matter of time before we know who is slandering whom. There will come a time when the helpless become leaders of the world. Allah ta'alla will open the path. Stay strong, mujahideen, in the face of all this slander. Have faith, time will tell.
    • obeth
      August 28, 2014 @ 11:08:49PM
    • Why do you not harshly condemn the soldiers of Israel, cursed by Allah, so that they stop bombing Palestine! In order to face this, it is simple, treat Muslims well and do not take away what has become their right. Basically, Muslims love peace! Think again on the proverb "where there is smoke there is fire".

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