JAMBI, Indonesia – Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs Nasaruddin Umar said Wednesday (September 3rd) the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ( ISIS ) represents a common enemy that practices a distorted vision of Islam, local media reported.
"ISIS is our common enemy. Indonesia is a peaceful country, and ISIS should not create chaos," Nasaruddin said on the sidelines of the fifth national Qur'an reading competition, according to Antara News.
He added ISIS has no place in Indonesia, which stands as a strong example of religious tolerance and harmony for other Islamic countries.
Meanwhile, National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) head Ansyaad Mbai said Monday there were certain parts of the country susceptible to ISIS recruitment. He urged community organisations, scholars and religious leaders to help prevent the spread of radicalism.