Sep 12th, 2007, in IM Posts, by

Marrying and spreading the faith in Kalimantan.

In Balikpapan, (map) East Kalimantan about 20 students of the Hidayatullah Islamic school were each married off on 10th September in a mass ceremony to women they had not met.

The wedding ceremony.

The marriages were witnessed by the mens' families however their brides waited outside the mosque and listened to the proceedings through a loudspeaker.

Immediately after the ceremony, or perhaps a little time after the ceremony, the young men were dispatched to various areas to carry out dakwah, or Islamic missionary activity. They were instructed by their teachers to faithfully spread the form of Islam they had learned while at Hidayatullah. liputan6

10 Comments on “Dakwah”

  1. avatar Sylvester says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 6:55 am

    Are those men just robots? I feel sorry for them, especially the women. Guess they want to spread this culture via dakwah. Beware of radical islam.

    Also, there are many Catholics in Kalimantan, mostly they are Dayak. I wonder what would happen if these men try to spread dakwah there. Rather than trying to get more follower (quantity), islam should focus on improving the quality, particularly in reducing radicalism. Take lessons from several other older religions.

  2. avatar Aluang Anak Bayang says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 8:58 am

    The migrants group like the Javanese, Banjars, Madurese and the Bugis might convert, but indigenous Dayaks were known to be religious-proof. Their kinship association is stronger than any religion – the recent conflict saw Dayaks from all religious denomination joining force against Muslim Madurese. Visit Kalimantan during one of Kaharingan festival, and you can see Muslim, Christian and Animist Dayaks gathering together slaughtering buffaloes and pigs for their supreme God ‘Allah’. Some tribes call their God, Allah, but this is a pork-eating Allah. Christian Dayaks from remote area celebrated Christmas by slaughtering chicken and pigs to their God, Jesus. Islam and Christianity are pretty mess up there. :)
    I doubt dakwah can be successful as it had failed in the past.

  3. avatar sonnie says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 10:40 am

    I don’t want to marry a woman I never met, what about you?

  4. avatar David Sumaryono says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 10:59 am

    “The migrants group like the Javanese, Banjars, Madurese and the Bugis might convert.”

    Aren’t these groups already Muslim?

  5. avatar Odinius says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 11:03 am

    This dakwah is focused on “converting” moderate muslims to hidayatullah brand of fundamental islam, they don’t really bother so much with non-muslims.

  6. avatar Falcon says:
    September 12th, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Yes marring an unknown woman and spread. Who is doing the spreading, the women supposedly. So many fools and the dumb gets dumber.

  7. avatar Jayabaya says:
    September 24th, 2007 at 11:40 pm

    Jeez, no wonder my country are moving backward deeper down the drain with our inferior complex attitude, how can we dream to be a developed country with these muslim sect ?

  8. avatar iamisaid says:
    September 27th, 2007 at 7:28 pm

    Marriage by proxy. WOW !

  9. avatar sumaya says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 9:53 am

    Ok from what i know from Islam, the marriage is not valid until the bride and groom see one another cuz maybe there will be no attraction between the couple.

  10. avatar diego says:
    April 7th, 2009 at 11:04 am

    What if there’s no attraction even after they see one another?

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