KPK to question religious affairs minister after raid reveals IDR 600 million in his office desk

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KPK arrests PPP chairman and Jokowi ally Romahurmuziy for alleged corruption within Religious Affairs Ministry

KPK arrests PPP chairman and Jokowi ally Romahurmuziy for alleged corruption within Religious Affairs Ministry

The Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) this morning arrested United Development Party (PPP) Chairman Romahurmuziy, popularly known as Rommy, in what may be the...

Foreign Ministry says 6 Indonesians were in New Zealand mosque during deadly mass shootings, 3 confirmed safe

Foreign Ministry says 6 Indonesians were in New Zealand mosque during deadly mass shootings, 3 confirmed safe

Indonesia’s Foreign Ministry says three Indonesians have been confirmed to have survived the multiple shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand today, while the fate...

Suspected terrorist Abu Hamzah says suicide bomber wife ‘more militant’ in adopting radical values than he was

Suspected terrorist Abu Hamzah says suicide bomber wife ‘more militant’ in adopting radical values than he was

The woman who blew herself up along with her child in the city of Sibolga, North Sumatra, yesterday morning was extremely radicalized, police say, as more information has come to...

PSI slams older parties for silence on Jambi church closings and other religious freedom violations

PSI slams older parties for silence on Jambi church closings and other religious freedom violations

"Why were you silent, when on September 27th, three churches were sealed in Jambi because of the threat and pressure of the masses?" Natalie asked pointedly of other political...

Muslim cleric investigated after telling supporters Jokowi will ‘legalize adultery’ and destroy country

Muslim cleric investigated after telling supporters Jokowi will ‘legalize adultery’ and destroy country

Police say the ustaz was referring to the Bill on the Elimination of Sexual Violence (RUU P-KS) that is currently being considered by parliament and sermons by other Muslim...

Riau governor employs fingerprint scanners to verify Muslim officials do mandatory dawn prayers

Riau governor employs fingerprint scanners to verify Muslim officials do mandatory dawn prayers

One Riau official complained: "I prayed at dawn in a congregation at the mosque, joining with the governor, but I did not get fingerprinted. Prayer is an obligation, the...

NU calls for end to the use of the word ‘kafir’ to refer to non-Muslim Indonesians

NU calls for end to the use of the word ‘kafir’ to refer to non-Muslim Indonesians

Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia and the world’s largest Muslim organization, is widely seen in contemporary political and religious contexts as the bastion of moderate Islam in...

Prabowo says he’ll personally bring home Rizieq Shihab on his private plane the day after he’s elected president

Prabowo says he’ll personally bring home Rizieq Shihab on his private plane the day after he’s elected president

Gerindra Chairman Prabowo Subianto has, on numerous occasions, promised Rizieq Shihab — the founder of the controversial hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) who is currently...

Police drop Islamist group leader’s illegal campaigning charges after not being able to agree on definition of ‘campaign’

Police drop Islamist group leader’s illegal campaigning charges after not being able to agree on definition of ‘campaign’

Slamet Maarif, the head of the Islamist group the 212 Alumni Brotherhood (PA 212), has been relieved of all charges of illegal political campaigning, a mere two weeks after he was...


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Coconuts Jakarta Religion

Like Indonesia as a whole, Jakarta is made up of predominantly Muslim citizens, but there are also large percentages of the followers of the other five religions officially recognized by the Indonesian constitution. There are, of course, instances of tension among religious groups in Jakarta, which are often sparked by politics. But Jakarta’s citizens, regardless of their religion, have lived in peaceful coexistence and understanding of one other throughout the vast majority of the capital's history, a testimony to the inherent tolerance and moderation of its people.