Indonesians are voicing disgust at the barbarism of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS ) in the wake of recent beheadings, and revelations that more throat-slitting was planned in Australia.
An ISIS video of the beheading of British aid worker Alan Henning posted online on October 3rd was the fourth such execution of a Westerner in the Middle East.
On September 18th, Australian police arrested 15 suspected ISIS sympathisers in Sydney and Brisbane as the terror ring was plotting to abduct random people and behead them in public.
"ISIS is not a human being. They are a killing machine," 36-year-old Vera Sen Olivera, an Indonesian who studied at Flinders University in Adelaide, told Khabar Southeast Asia. "Their actions are embarrassing to devoted Muslims like me. ISIS's actions affect all countries."
In fact, a man once described as the most prolific online recruiter for ISIS was from Australia: Musa Cerantonio , a Muslim convert who pretended to be in the Middle East while living with a girlfriend on the resort island of Cebu in the Philippines.
"ISIS is a political movement that operates under the mask of religion," Vera said. "It is impossible that Islam is behind this movement. Do not let this ISIS movement inspire other Muslims to do the same. It is wrong, misleading and inhumane."
"We should avoid the call for killings"
In one well-publicised case, a photo of the young son of Australian ISIS member Khaled Sharrouf holding a man's severed head in Syria was posted to Twitter on August 8th.
"We strongly condemn the violence and terror by ISIS," Teguh Santosa, chairman of foreign affairs for Muhammadiyah's youth wing, told Khabar. "Everything they have done is contrary to the teachings of Islam . Do not let this ISIS movement inspire other Muslims to do the same."
West Java cleric Muhammad Bahkrie Mustafa implored fellow Muslims to resist ISIS's efforts to mobilise them for jihad.
"I continue to echo that all Muslims must be aware of ISIS's hate. We should avoid the call for killings. ISIS, however, gives Muslims a chance to unite for the good. That is to promote tolerance and perform good deeds, to prove to everyone that ISIS is not what our religion has taught us ," he told Khabar.