The fundamentalist Wahabi brand of Islam may not be so welcome in Indonesia after all.
Hundreds of residents of South Masbagik village in East Lombok, NTB, wildly tore down an under-construction mosque owned by the Jamaah Wahabi on the 22nd. A policeman at the scene said:
The situation in the village is better now and the head of the mosque and several followers of the Wahabi sect are now being kept safe at the local government office.
(Situasi keamanan di sekitar desa saat ini cukup kondusif dan Ketua Masjid Ustazd Airuna dan beberapa pengikut aliran Wahabi kini sedang diamankan di Kantor Camat setempat.)
Policemen were still on duty near the mosque, as at time of report, and attempts were being made to hold meetings to calm the situation.
It seems that the Jamaah Wahabi's nascent mosque attracted the ire of local people because the sect had not gotten permission from the village authorities to build it. What's more Jamaah Wahabi teachings were frowned upon by other Muslims in the village and thought to be heretical. The Jamaah Wahabi group has about 100 followers in the area.
Lombok people appear to be keen and active in enforcing the approved type of Islam on their sunny island paradise, see also the case of Ahmadiyah.