Indonesia fights back against online jihadists

Young people call a recent jihadist posting misleading and "insulting". Police say the poster should be brought to justice.

By Dio Pratama in Palu and Andhika Bhakti in Jakarta

January 22, 2014
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Indonesia says it is working to clamp down on extremists using popular social media networks, like Twitter and Facebook to disseminate militant calls to jihad.

  • Central Sulawesi Police Chief Ari Dono Sukmanto (pictured) says his department and South Sulawesi cops are searching for a person responsible for summoning Indonesians and Malaysians to jihad via Facebook in early January. [Dio Pratama/Khabar]

One jihadist message posted on Facebook and YouTube this month caught Indonesian authorities' attention. Police are looking for the author identified as Fata At Tamimi.

In his message, Fata described himself as military commander of a new Malay Islamic Caliphate, and called for recruits to "form in secrecy a Jihad War Army". According to his Facebook page, the writer is from Makassar, South Sulawesi, but lives in Kuala Lumpur.

"The posting must be an act of an irresponsible person who deliberately wants to destroy Muslims' understanding of the true teachings of Islam related to jihad," Central Sulawesi Police Chief Ari Dono Sukmanto told Khabar Southeast Asia.

"The person who posted this call must face justice," the police chief added. "The content in his posting is leading Muslims to terrorism."

Central Sulawesi police are co-ordinating with the South Sulawesi force to find the person responsible for the posting and if necessary, Ari Dono said his office would involve Malaysian authorities in the investigation.

The central government meanwhile, continues to monitor social media activity and will block websites posing any kind of threat, Communication and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring told Khabar.

In the past few years, his ministry has tried to take down more than 500 websites with potential terrorist ties that foment jihadist recruitment and spread bomb-making instructions, he said.

"I encourage anyone who has knowledge about dangerous websites: please let us know so our team can analyse them," Tifatul added.

Response from Makassar

Fata's message provoked a backlash in Makassar.

"The posting was misleading about Islamic teachings, and that could destroy the Muslims in the world. Of course, I do not agree with this because the post is calling for jihad to kill others. It is clearly prohibited by Islam," said Iksan Muhsen, a State University of Makassar student.

"Calls for jihad should not be made to conduct war or kill other human beings. Jihad means to convey good Islamic teachings," he added.

Others said most Muslims in Makassar were peaceful and tolerant.

"I am a devoted Muslim, and I was insulted to see the posting. The person used Makassar as his hometown, but recruiting Muslims here to kill others... That is indeed an insult for us," said local resident Ahkmadi Sukardi.

True meaning of jihad

In Palu, Central Sulawesi, cleric Kadang Kareba said Fata At Tamimi's call for forming a secret army to fight for jihad, twisted the word's real meaning.

"Jihad" is about abiding by Allah's words that the practice of Islam match the content of the Qur'an, Kadang said.

"It is necessary that we are not easily influenced by them. They are the enemy of Islam and want Muslims to practice Islam according to their tastes," he said of the extremists. "Islam respects the rights of every human life."

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    • Vivi Alawiyah
      February 26, 2014 @ 12:02:16AM
    • Indeed, Allah SWT is all knowing.
    • muhammadsuhandi
      February 25, 2014 @ 01:02:15AM
    • Islam is a superpower religion.
    • AKU
      February 25, 2014 @ 12:02:46AM
    • May Allah SWT forgive the sins of those who are righteous, religious and virtuous, Amen.
    • daeng
      February 24, 2014 @ 09:02:55PM
    • Dear When the Prophet came down from the hill and prayed at the Bani Muawiyah mosque, His friends waited for a long time for the Prophet to emerge from the mosque. When He came out He said, I have prayed to Allah for three things but only two of them will be granted. His friends asked the Prophet what they were. 1. I prayed so that my people will not be destroyed by famine and prolonged drought, and Allah granted it. 2. I prayed so that my people will not be destroyed by disasters and prolonged cataclysms, and Allah granted it. 3. I prayed so that my people will to be destroyed by conflict and war amongst themselves, but Allah refused.
    • nikam .am
      February 24, 2014 @ 09:02:51AM
    • Now people are talking about arbitrarily declaring others as being infidels without a solid foundation for doing so.
    • nuril
      February 24, 2014 @ 04:02:35AM
    • I am hoping that the police will soon capture these abusers of Islam.
      February 24, 2014 @ 02:02:23AM
    • One of the commandments in the Al-Quran: You are obligated to go to war. That is an excerpt from a verse.
    • johansyahjuman
      February 22, 2014 @ 11:02:20PM
    • Ass.wr.wb. let us all change and not be prejudiced towards our own. If they do not share our views and vice versa, then may Allah become the mediator for all things. Let us not chide others or give other nations something to laugh about. Let us fix ourselves. At the end of my life I do not want my country to be destroyed like other Muslim countries because of the actions of other countries.
    • nova andriani
      February 22, 2014 @ 08:02:48AM
    • Islam is the right religion.
    • abdi
      February 21, 2014 @ 07:02:48PM
    • The signs that we are approaching the end of days (apocalypse) are the provocations we see everywhere. May all Muslims, wherever they are, strengthen their faith and hope that Allah forgives us, amin, ya rabbal allamin.
      February 21, 2014 @ 01:02:44PM
    • It seems that truthfully jihad is a person descended from evil. Why kill human beings that Allah created in His image? Therefore, brothers, we must understand the 10 laws in the Bible/Quran.
    • untoro griya trunuh indah
      February 20, 2014 @ 06:02:52AM
    • This is the attitude of people who feel that they are the most righteous, most holy, and most intelligent. People like this forget their place in Allah's greatness. Therefore, as servants of Allah we must be grateful to have been given a mind and a conscience to behave wisely in society. Let us use our eyes to see, our hearts to feel and our reason to think clearly. We should take pride in the fact that we are of worth to many people, but do not be boastful.
    • muslim sejati
      February 18, 2014 @ 09:02:45PM
    • For Allah's sake, Islam is a religion that spreads peace.
    • asamson
      February 17, 2014 @ 09:02:38AM
    • Indonesia is not a nation of faith but is adept at mixing religion up into nothing, it becomes a caterpillar and cockroach flavored salad, ice-cream laced with saccharine and food coloring, self righteous, self important, their hearts hardened and turned into stone. They don't listen to reason, stubborn; remember that Allah only accepts the good and the pure, and will not accept any who are even a little bit dirty, especially when many laws are created by many religions, dirty and filthy, we can even say it is syncretistic. If your brains weren't so empty you would be able to think and repent, now that is Muslim Intellectualism, able to think and be clever even though we do not hold titles like Doctor or Professor (with empty brains) and we can also restore everything according to the history and culture of the Islamic kingdoms/sultanates that have been mistreated, deceived, had their intelligence diminished, and belittled. Sorry.
    • Ayu Hidayah
      February 24, 2014 @ 07:02:56PM
    • And you are not an intelligent Muslim because you chastise Indonesia as a country without faith and one that revels in syncretism. How do you know? Do you have data that proves that Indonesians are not intelligent in their religious thinking? You already know that Allah only accepts those who are righteous and clean...are you righteous and clean with that racism of yours?
    • sederhan
      February 17, 2014 @ 05:02:58AM
    • Wherever there are the heretics called Islam, you will find the destruction of human civilization, from war, murder, discrimination, corruption, and other human evils. Peace for the nation, eliminate Islam from Indonesia.
    • Ummu NaFa
      February 20, 2014 @ 07:02:04PM
    • It is the Christian missionaries that must be burned to the ground in Indonesian territory, your place is in cursed hell.
    • Mahmud R.Abdullah
      February 20, 2014 @ 10:02:50AM
    • Islam has nothing to do with evil. When you talk about religion, which one would you deem to be evil? Religion is not at fault but it is the individual claiming to be Muslim who causes trouble. Do not blame religion but rather the individual, this is my advice to you.
    • beni zetar
      February 17, 2014 @ 04:02:38AM
    • Maybe they want to see their family in Arabia. Let them have their coup in the Peninsula, or ask for support from the Saudis and their allies.
    • abunibras
      February 15, 2014 @ 10:02:29PM
    • We would do well to better understand religion with the understanding of those saved, the prophets of Allah.
    • kusmadi.k
      February 15, 2014 @ 10:02:17PM
    • The meaning of jihad is seriously carrying out the truth in religion, in society, in making a living, in seeking knowledge, etc. It is continuous and sincere.
    • IRFAN
      February 15, 2014 @ 06:02:10PM
    • Allah is great...Allah is great...Allah is great.
    • ciungwanara
      February 15, 2014 @ 09:02:25AM
    • Fellow followers of Muhammad SAW... do not insult or mock each other, those who like to insult, they are Shia. Destroy the Shia.
    • yuono al jufri
      February 22, 2014 @ 04:02:41AM
    • The Shia, cursed by Allah, are the ones taking actions to destroy Islam through various means.
    • hamba ALLAH
      February 14, 2014 @ 12:02:46PM
    • Infidels acting in the name of Islam.
    • mhd ikmal
      February 14, 2014 @ 08:02:37AM
    • Assalamualaikum, only for Islam...... the correct and sanctioned religion.
    • nazar lat
      February 13, 2014 @ 11:02:50PM
    • The Islamic religion itself is a religion of jihad. Without jihad there would be no Islam. Jihad is undertaken in accordance with circumstance and ability, and all of it follows the knowledge from the Al-Qur'an and the instructions of the Prophet (Hadith). What must be highlighted by the true teachers (masyekh), the Marisatul Ambiya clerics, not from the mouth of the Addajjajil, they who would sell religion for the world (the government clerics).
    • Lilo
      February 12, 2014 @ 08:02:44PM
    • Humans are equal in the eyes of God, no person is less or more than another, everyone is the same. Therefore, taking the life of another cannot be justified. There are no religious teachings that command us to kill, they command us to be good to each other.
    • Nolla yollanda
      February 12, 2014 @ 08:02:08AM
    • Good luck in your fight on the path of Allah. Allahuakbar.
    • wpa
      February 16, 2014 @ 09:02:59PM
    • What do you think, gentlemen and my brothers, if I asked you about Israel (Zionists), America's golden child while Palestine is not recognized as a country under occupation. What is the opinion on this?
    • East-Borneo
      February 12, 2014 @ 04:02:29AM
    • Patience, patience, and pray. Do not let yourselves get caught up, my brothers. Look at our nation Indonesia, we are experiencing major disasters so don't let ourselves get stirred up. It would be a pity if we continue fighting over trivial and destructive things. Calm yourselves and don't get incensed over nothing, OK?
    • setyawan
      February 12, 2014 @ 04:02:29AM
    • Where there are Muslims there will be bomb terror. Where there is Islam there will be suicide bombings in the name of jihad. The spilling of infidel blood is allowed while they scream out Allahu Barbarian.
    • indri
      February 25, 2014 @ 02:02:55AM
    • Everyone who does not understand Islam will think of it as a religion of violence. On what grounds can you think that? It is individuals who commit violence. Islam does not teach violence against our fellow man. No religion anywhere has ever preached violence. Those who say this should think wisely. Use your brain.
    • Anak pngembara
      February 11, 2014 @ 02:02:08AM
    • Please take down all internet sites with pornographic content and inter-religious slurs so that life in this world will become better and we can all have mutual respect among human beings and also among all religions. Thank you.
    • reno akay
      February 10, 2014 @ 10:02:28PM
    • None of the comments here are showing that Islam is beautiful, that Muslims are brethren. We would do well to remember the adage "We see the mite from across the ocean, yet we do not see the elephant sitting on our eyelids"! It seems that pitting people against each other and slander are the easiest means to destroy Islam and all its generations to follow; the culture of recrimination is becoming more tangible, my brothers! Bury all these things in the deepest recesses of your hearts. If we are Muslims, are we truly following the way of the Qur'an? If so, then why are recriminations and murder becoming worse? What is urgently needed is finding peace in our own hearts and learn Islam's true teachings. We should fix ourselves according to the way of the prophet SAW and we must anticipate instead of slandering. The Jewish movement is becoming more present, I hope we are still of one mind. Muhammad (peace be upon him) is our Prophet.
    • Halakhita
      February 10, 2014 @ 09:02:39PM
    • Crazy.
    • endangjayaputra
      February 10, 2014 @ 10:02:10AM
    • What the prophet means by jihad is to fight the enemies of Islam. Being a good Muslim and being observant is not jihad. This is a shallow understanding of Islam.
    • desmi warman
      February 9, 2014 @ 03:02:27AM
    • Mujahadah, or the undertaking of Jihad that is taught by Islam is done by continuously doing good and to always strive to receive Allah's blessing, not by killing other people.
    • adi
      February 9, 2014 @ 12:02:56AM
    • Yes, this is what happens when religion is only skin deep without understanding of the scriptures. Remember that man cannot make scriptures or religion, so why must we kill and hate each other? Religion is said to have come from God, basically, there is His word, those who receive it, there is His book, there is a qibla, there are procedures for prayer and those who follow it. You cannot explain any religion without saying that they are all splinter sects from the religion of God. O, kind religious leaders, let us enforce religious truth and goodness through study of scripture, coming back to the true foundations of scripture. I am sure that if we all understand each other and understand our scriptures, inter-religious hatred will no longer exist, hopefully this becomes a reality, God willing, Amen.
    • nando
      February 7, 2014 @ 10:02:40PM
    • That is indeed the true teaching of Muhammad. Why can't we understand it?
    • nurul_korra
      February 7, 2014 @ 02:02:15AM
    • These days Islam is misused by irresponsible people. ....perhaps they still need to learn more about the history of Islam.
    • sucipto
      February 21, 2014 @ 06:02:28PM
    • That is correct, my brother. Right now, Muslims are being turned against each other, taken over by deviant, made up philosophies. My brothers, all Muslims who remain steadfast with the Quran and hadith and follow the teachings of clerics are our brethren, let us not chide, let us unite for the good of the faithful.
    • Ridwan N aki
      February 7, 2014 @ 12:02:05AM
    • Terrorism is not a theory in Islam but and issue developed by countries that are afraid of Islamic governments founded on the word of God. Therefore, a very effective weapon for defamation to block Islam is the issue of Islamic terrorism, Islamic fundamentalism. In truth, those terms did not originate from internal conflicts within Islam. It would be a shame if there are still educated Muslims (went to school and attended university) who can be influenced to destroy their religion by using the terrorist theories as a way to introduce Islam - by killing each other.
    • laela
      February 5, 2014 @ 09:02:10PM
    • Jihad is good, but it cannot be done through killing or hurting other people.
    • zaenal abidin
      February 17, 2014 @ 01:02:44AM
    • The jihad that the Prophet considered important is the jihad against our own desires, while terrorists are politically motivated and hypocritical (certain goals to achieve power and power is not Islam). The concept of the Quran is that Islam is a blessing for all mankind but they do not live by the verse, instead they sell and destroy it. If they had faith they would not do this. It is no secret that this has often happened in Indonesia, Snouck Hurgronje memorized the Quran, understood Islam but it was so he could destroy Aceh (Islam). DI/TII Kartosuwiryo, which is still active today, is categorized as radical, Wahabi, in various forms and lines. In Indonesia there are two specific targets: 1. Indonesia is a big country, 2. Indonesia has a Muslim majority. This is a big playing field, who has the power?
    • brigade al qassam
      February 11, 2014 @ 10:02:16PM
    • What about the jihad in Syria or Palestine? Should we not kill those infidels when these infidels are slaughtering many Muslims? Are we to stay and turn both cheeks? Or should we retreat from the battlefield?
    • baduro
      February 3, 2014 @ 10:02:07PM
    • Don't be like that, heaven and hell is as big as the sky and Earth, so those who die in jihad do so to enter heaven. I do not know Fajar's desires, perhaps Fajar is an Islamic heretic and is therefore
    • Abed
      February 2, 2014 @ 11:02:27PM
    • New heretics.
    • ahmad yani
      February 1, 2014 @ 05:02:20PM
    • Islam is a religion of peace, the Prophet never taught His people to use violence, let alone spilling the blood of other believers.
    • Fikri Jafar
      January 30, 2014 @ 10:01:55PM
    • I hope this will be useful for Muslims, so that they will not be turned against each other Regards, Fikri
      January 26, 2014 @ 08:01:43PM
    • It would be good to promote dialogue to curb suspicion and violence. These conditions were brought on by self-righteous religious leaders. It is saddening!
    • boy
      January 26, 2014 @ 07:01:39PM
    • Wicked people acting in the name of Islam.
    • Wahabom
      January 26, 2014 @ 04:01:33AM
    • What else is this if not the work of those dirty Wahabi Salafists, in Makassar coordinated by IPPI Makassar funded by the Saudi and the United States to destroy Muslims in Indonesia by trumping up issues so that Sunni and Shia would come into conflict. Let us support Densus 88 in crushing the Wahabi Salafist cronies in HTI, PKS, etc.
    • Syiabrot
      February 13, 2014 @ 09:02:23AM
    • Wouldn't you know it, there are deceivers here too.The weapon that is wahabi/salafi...wahabi/salafi... that you use to sow discord among Muslims is now a dull blade. Many people already know that those you call wahabi/salafi are obedient to their rulers; they are against demonstrations, against terrorism and against heresy.
    • kurniati
      February 6, 2014 @ 01:02:31AM
    • I agree with your statement, to all Muslims, let us strengthen the ties of communication lest we are pitted against each other by the enemies of Islam.
    • asip bin kaibin
      January 26, 2014 @ 12:01:25AM
    • The purpose of Jihad is to spread the good teachings of Islam. The call to Jihad cannot be motivated by war or the murder of other human beings.
    • Helena
      January 23, 2014 @ 11:01:35PM
    • Again Malaysians are involved. They cannot get any traction in their own country so they look to another country with a population devoid of common sense.
    • suwinanto
      February 22, 2014 @ 02:02:51AM
    • Typical Malaysia, a country that likes to make trouble. They gain no followers there so they look for followers in Indonesia but they don't have the guts to live in Indonesia. Unbelievable.
    • fajar
      January 22, 2014 @ 01:01:11AM
    • They are the hounds of hell we know as the Khawarij.

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