Caliphate Must be Watched Out Despite ISIS Fall, Says MUI

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) secretary-general for study and research commission, Ali M Abdillah, said caliphate ideology and radicalism must remain to be watched out despite the Islamic State group or ISIS that was fiercely promoting the ideology had been defeated.

    “Moreover, such ideology has been spread to many countries, including Indonesia,” said Ali in Jakarta, on Tuesday, April 2.

    Benefitting sympathizer and information technology, the radical group spread the 'virus' massively toward students, institutions, and organizations. Other than ISIS followers, the recently disbanded mass organization Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) also supported the caliphate ideology.

    “Ideas and thoughts about caliphate still dominated their minds,” said the postgraduate lecturer of NU Indonesia University (Unusia).

    Therefore, the public must be supervised to prevent them from being affected by the ideology, Ali added. Actions and steps carried out by groups supporting caliphate ideology must also be counteracted, both in real life and cyberspace.

    According to Ali, firm actions must be taken against people or parties proved to promote caliphate ideology in Indonesia because the presence of radical groups, either Islamic or non-Islamic based, were set by design.

    “They (Radical groups) cannot just emerge, but there is a scenario [in advance],” he said, adding that the ideas of the caliphate were designed to destroy Indonesia.

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