Lombok Muslims keep up the pressure on deviant Islamic sects as the homes of Salafiyah members are attacked in the west of the island.
Hot on the heels of an attack on another fundamentalist congregation in Lombok, a Wahabi mosque last week, on the 27th in the village of Gelogor, West Lombok, hundreds of people attacked the home of Haji Sahabudin, the head of the Salafiyah group in the village.
It appears metrotv that the excitable residents of the village, who carried planks of wood and rocks in their attack, objected to religious services being carried on by the Salafi sect well into the night, and to their form of Islamic teachings.
At the time of the attack the house was occupied only by Sahabudin's wife and child. Rocks were thrown at it and the mob threatened to burn it down. Police and senior figures in the village managed to prevent this however, but the house was nevertheless severely damaged.
Murni DS of the police said that previously attempts had been made to settle the dispute but some residents refused to accept the existence of the Salafiyah group. This was not the first time that homes of Salafiyah members had been attacked, he said.
Apart from the Salafiyah and Wahabi sects the Ahmadiyah have also often been targets of persecution in Lombok in recent times.
February 22nd 2008. In the same area of West Lombok about five homes belonging to Salafiyah members were attacked by a mob. Salafi members are accused of having distributed pamphlets which attacked the majority beliefs in the area, that is Ahlisunnah Waljamaah. antara