Islamic preachers are increasingly teaching a hardline, militant Islam.
The head of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Hasyim Muzadi, said in Indramayu, West Java, on 31st May that since the post Suharto "reformasi" era Islamic clerics in Indonesia were increasingly likely to preach a "hard" type of Islam that was influenced by the culture of violence overseas, like in the middle east. Such hardline teachings were not appropriate in Indonesia, he said. (see also Militants.)
Clerics should base their preaching on the experiences, lives, and socio-economic situation of the people, and what was relevant to the times, in order to bring them to a correct understanding of their religion.
In the past, particularly when Islam first entered Indonesia, presumably, Islamic preachers were much more successful because they spoke directly to the needs of the people, before they started talking about the tenets of the faith or its theology.
Hasyim claimed that the preachers of other religions in Indonesia, like Christianity, were now doing this more successfully than Islam.