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Jokowi Orders Ahok`s Blasphemy Case Exposed to Public

TEMPO.CO, JakartaPresident Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has ordered the results of investigations into the alleged case of blasphemy against Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama to be exposed to the public, Indonesia Police chief General Tito Karnavian said. "He (the President) has ordered me to conduct an investigation into the alleged case of blasphemy involving Basuki Tjahaja Purnama quickly and transparently," he stated at a press conference.

At the impromptu conference, Tito revealed he had received an order directly from the President that the results of the investigation be later opened to the public. "The President ordered opening them to the media," he added.

He explained that by putting all the facts concerning the case in public and exposing them on live television, it is hoped the people will know that the investigation was being conducted in a transparent manner. Tito disclosed that the police would formally summon Basuki Tjahaja Purnama on Monday for questioning him.

He also explained what the President meant by dealing the case "quickly and transparently." He reminded that a series of swift actions had been taken from October 6 onwards when the case was first reported, until October 21. A total of 11 police reports were dealt with.

Despite regulations that state the police can postpone investigations in a case involving candidates who have registered for elections, the investigation has been continuing, he noted. "I have given an order as per the discretionary powers vested in me to the head of the crime investigation department to carry out investigations in line with the people's demand," he reiterated.

He informed that the police had already interviewed 22 people until Saturday, including three witnesses who had lodged the complaints. He also pointed out that Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had approached the police on his own initiative to provide clarification.

He also explained that the police have questioned at least 10 experts as witnesses, including those whose names were submitted by the person who reported the incident. He assured that if Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is later confirmed to have committed a blasphemy, he would be named as a suspect but if the charge is not proven, the case will be closed.

The entire proceedings will be conducted publicly and will be covered live by the media so that people can monitor everything. Hundreds of thousands of Moslems participated in a demonstration organized by several Islamic organizations on Friday.

The demonstration went off peacefully until the 6pm deadline but rioting flared up after that. Some demonstrators who refused to disperse attacked the police by throwing stones, pieces of wood and bottles and the security forces responded with tear gas.

President Joko Widodo has expressed his regret over the clash after the demonstrators who had gathered in front of the Merdeka Palace here on Friday, began dispersing at around 7:00 pm local time. "We deplore the incident that occurred after the Isha (evening prayers) when demonstrators who should have dispersed turned violent. We saw that the situation was exploited by certain political actors," stressed Jokowi at a press conference at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta early Saturday.




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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful Blasphemy is a very controversial topic in Islam that has taken on new importance due to the proliferation of instant global communication. Muslim extremists incorrectly cite a precedent in classical Islamic law to justify gross acts of vigilante violence and murder. Therefore, it is important for us to understand the context of the classical ruling and to view this issue in the larger perspective of the Quran and Sunnah as a consistent whole. The general answer to blasphemy (sabb ala Allah wa rasulihi) as commanded in the Quran is to respond with patience, beautiful preaching, and graceful avoidance. The Quran records the fact that the Prophet was called a “sorcerer,” a “madman,” and a “liar,” yet Allah commanded him to be patient and to increase his acts of worship. Allah said: وَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَاهْجُرْهُمْ هَجْرًا جَمِيلًا Be patient over what they say and avoid them with gracious avoidance. Surat Al-Muzzamil 73:10 And Allah said: فَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ الْغُرُوبِ So be patient over what they say and exalt with the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting. Surat Qaf 50:39 And Allah said: فَاصْبِرْ عَلَىٰ مَا يَقُولُونَ وَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ قَبْلَ طُلُوعِ الشَّمْسِ وَقَبْلَ غُرُوبِهَا So be patient over what they say and exalt with the praises of your Lord before the rising of the sun and before its setting. Surat Ta Ha 20:130 These insults deeply hurt the feelings of the Prophet and his companions, but Allah did not prescribe revenge for them. Allah said: وَلَقَدْ نَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ يَضِيقُ صَدْرُكَ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ فَسَبِّحْ بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ وَكُن مِّنَ السَّاجِدِينَ We already know that your heart is constrained by what they say, so glorify the praises of your Lord and be among those who prostrate. Surat Al-Hijr 15:97-98 In fact, Allah told the Prophet and his companions to expect more insults and mockery from the followers of other religions, and that they should remain patient and not let their abuse shake their faith. Allah said: لَتُبْلَوُنَّ فِي أَمْوَالِكُمْ وَأَنفُسِكُمْ وَلَتَسْمَعُنَّ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ وَمِنَ الَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا أَذًى كَثِيرًا ۚ وَإِن تَصْبِرُوا وَتَتَّقُوا فَإِنَّ ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ عَزْمِ الْأُمُورِ You will surely be tested in your possessions and in yourselves, and you will surely hear from those who were given the Scripture before you and from those who associate others with Allah much abuse. But if you are patient and fear Allah, that is of the matters requiring resolve. Surat Ali Imran 3:186 In other verses, Allah commands the believers to simply avoid those who mock Islam and not to sit with them until they discuss something else. Allah said: وَإِذَا رَأَيْتَ الَّذِينَ يَخُوضُونَ فِي آيَاتِنَا فَأَعْرِضْ عَنْهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِ When you see those who engage in offensive discourse concerning Our verses, then turn away from them until they enter into another conversion. Surat Al-An’am 6:68 And Allah said: وَقَدْ نَزَّلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الْكِتَابِ أَنْ إِذَا سَمِعْتُمْ آيَاتِ اللَّهِ يُكْفَرُ بِهَا وَيُسْتَهْزَأُ بِهَا فَلَا تَقْعُدُوا مَعَهُمْ حَتَّىٰ يَخُوضُوا فِي حَدِيثٍ غَيْرِهِ ۚ إِنَّكُمْ إِذًا مِّثْلُهُمْ ۗ It has already been revealed to you in the Book that when you hear the verses of Allah, they are denied and ridiculed. So do not sit with them until they enter into another conversation. Verily, you would then be like them. Surat An-Nisa 4:140 Generally, the Prophet was commanded to endure any insult or mockery from his enemies which resulted from their bad character. Allah said: خُذِ الْعَفْوَ وَأْمُرْ بِالْعُرْفِ وَأَعْرِضْ عَنِ الْجَاهِلِينَ Show forgiveness, enjoin what is good, and turn away from the ignorant. Surat Al-A’raf 7:199 Abdullah ibn Zubair explained this verse, saying: أُمِرَ نَبِيُّ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم أَنْ يَأْخُذَ الْعَفْوَ مِنْ أَخْلاَقِ النَّاسِ The Prophet was commanded to forgive the people’s bad character. Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4787, Grade: Sahih
These are some of the reason why Muslim scholars view protest and demonstrations to be haram: Free mixing between men and women, brings about more harm than good e.g. violence (between police and protesters) and killing and harming the countries economy (shops close and tourists may leave for example) imitating the kuffaar (as Muslims copied demonstrations from them as there is no mention of demonstrations in Islam), bidah (innovation as the prophet nor the sahaba demonstrated), not following the way of the salaf (the early and best generations of Muslims) who never protested, cooperating upon sin and misguidance (Muslim calling to, supporting and join demonstration which are haram so they are all cooperating upon a sin and misguidance), wasting time and money on a sinful innovated act, inconveniencing others (blocking the road or preventing people from passing by for example); chanting silly slogans that are sometime haram, playing instruments and sing to pass the time, provides a platform for those with little knowledge of the shariah to speak and gain followers, missing the five prayers sometimes as there may be no space to pray, enmity (hatred) towards some people without due right just because they did not attend the demonstration or are against it, wasting others time with no shariah right (the paramedics on stand by in case there is a violent incident, police and army monitoring the crowd could be doing better things with their time like arresting criminals and protecting the country), women going out wearing adornment and make-up; sometime shouting slogans that are incorrect and sinful; sometimes begging the kufr for help outside their embassy’s etc or through use of slogans and placards, holding up pictures or effigies of people; using slanderous and insulting words that are not permitted in shariah; backbiting, cursing, slandering and exposing the sins of the people you protest against or those who do not support your protest (I am talking about when those who you are protesting against are Muslim or those who oppose the protest are Muslim) and sometimes committing acts of aggression against the property of innocent people (destroying their shops or breaking their windows, or starting fires in public facilities). As for those who say what about if a protest did not involve these things would it be halal. No protest witness is free from all these things at least a few will be present. Secondly all protest are haram as they involve imitating the kuffaar the prophet said, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” Narrated by Abu Dawood, 3512; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani. Ibn Taymiyyah said about this hadeeth, “This at the very least indicates that it is haraam to imitate them, although the apparent meaning is that the one who imitates them is a kaafir (disbeliever). Iqtidaa al-Siraat al-Mustaqeem, 1/237. Additionally every demonstration and protest held by Muslims is a haram bidah (innovation) as the prophet and his sahaba never protested or demonstrated. The Messenger of Allah said: “Every innovation is misguidance and going astray” Reported by Abu Dawood (no. 4607), at-Tirmidhee (no. 2676) and it is saheeh. Ibn Hajr authenticated it Takhreej Ahaadeeth Ibn ul-Haajib (1/137). Plus the prophet said: “… and every innovation is misguidance and all misguidance is in the Hellfire.” Reported by an-Nasaa’ee (1/224) from Jaabir bin Abdullaah and it is saheeh as declared by Shaikh ul-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah in Majmoo’ ul Fataawaa (3/58). Also protest and demonstrations are rejected acts of worship because they are bidah. The prophet said, “He who innovates something in this matter of ours that is not of it, will have it rejected.” Recorded in, Bukhari and Muslim. Also the prophet said, “Whoever does an act which is not in agreement with our matter, will have it rejected.” Recorded by, Muslim. In Islam there is no bidah hasanah (good innovation) all bidah is haram because the prophet Mohammed taught the ummah everything that was best for it. There is no way someone can teach this ummah something else that is good for the ummah but the prophet never taught the ummah. The prophet said, “Never was a prophet before me, but he disclosed to his people what he knew to be best for them, and warned them of what he knew to be evil for them.” Recorder by Muslim. Plus every act of worship that would bring any Muslim closer to Jannah (Gardens of Paradise) the prophet taught us about it. The prophet said, “There is nothing that would bring you closer to Jannah (Gardens of Paradise) and farther from the Fire but it has been clarified [by me] to you.” Recorded by Ahmad and others; authenticated by al-Albaanee and others. Inshallah from the above the fact that protest and demonstrations (and what is similar to them) are haram and some of the reasons why should be clear. May Allah protect the ummah from the fitnah (trials) of protest and demonstrations. Ameen.