Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Schools

Sep 9th, 2009, in IM Posts, by

Problematic religious schools on Java, which ones and police monitoring of them.

Some Islamic boarding schools which are often mentioned as being centres of hardline Muslim teaching, or of being explicitly connected with Jemaah Islamiyah (JI):

  • Al-Muttaqien, (Beber, Cirebon, West Java)
  • Nurul Hadid, (Indramayu, West Java)
  • Al-Muaddib, (Cilacap, Central Java)
  • Darusy-Syahada, (Simo, Boyolali, Central Java)
  • Ngruki, (Sukoharjo, Solo, Central Java)
  • Mahad Aly or Universitas an-Nur (Solo, Central Java)
  • Darul Fitrah, (Sukoharjo, Solo, Central Java)
  • Al-Muttaqien, (Jepara, Central Java)
  • Nurul Huda, (Purbalingga, Central Java)
  • Darul Manar, (Kepung, Kediri, East Java)

Most schools listed employ the "Islamic Education Method" (Manhaj Tarbiyah Islam, MTI), for older students, which places an emphasis on jihad, but an International Crisis Group (ICG) report states icg

the problem is not so much the curriculum as it is the small after-class religious study sessions where individual teachers can assess the potential of students and draw them into more extremist activity.

The most well known of these institutions is Ngruki, run by Abu Bakar Baasyir, however Ngruki is considered as being far from the most radical. The Nurul Huda school in Purbalingga, for example, was established by former teachers at Ngruki, who left due to disappointment at its overly moderate stance.

Another school, Al-Hussain in Indramayu, West Java was once an important hardline centre, however it was taken back by its founders, Muhammadiyah. The expelled teachers then founded Nurul Hadid nearby.

Meanwhile it is said that police are stepping up their surveillance of schools thought to be problematical, although sometimes choosing the "wrong" targets.

Another school named "Al-Muttaqien", this time in Blitar, East Java, owned by Muhammadiyah and not considered to be a hotbed of radicalism, was recently visited by police intelligence officers who demanded to see the identity papers and registration details of the 40 odd students.

Principal Abu Hilal Hamdani however refused to provide the information:

I didn't give them anything, my students are not terrorists. I assured them that we don't teach terroristic ideas here.

Of the case in Blitar the leader of Muhammadiyah Din Syamsudin complained generally of increased police surveillance of Islamic schools but assured people that if extremists did manage to infiltrate Muhammadiyah they would be expelled in short time. kompas


12 Comments on “Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) Schools”

  1. avatar Riady says:

    I see this from educational point of view and I am thinking that this is a national problem and require a related interdepartement interaction to find a way out of this issue. The government should have in control on those thousands of islamic schools in the country via related government institutions or departements. There should be a clear regulation on curriculum and teaching format for those school , teachers qualifications should be accessed etc.
    The Governemnt should ask their islamic parties partner likes Muhammadiyah, NU, PBB etc to support this program and implemented thoroughout the country.

  2. avatar Odinius says:

    I’m all for free speech, but several of these are schools that have actually physically harbored terrorist suspects wanted by police. Others instruct pupils that the state of Indonesia is illegitimate. That should be enough for them to lose the right to operate as schools.

  3. avatar ET says:

    Follow the money trail and investigate the funding. Require them to open their books and let some internationally reknowned auditing institutions like Price Waterhouse or KPMG go through the records.

  4. avatar Teman Rey says:

    The reputation of Indonesia as a peaceful place has been severely damaged by these very few extremists, who are even exporting their brand of misguided beliefs to other countries in the name of their extreme belief.

    Perhaps it only shows how the doctrines are not well understood by these extremists that they could have heard but could not listen and shut their ears or really being misguided by another extremists of teachers who themselves are misguided or have not fully interpreted or understood what they have been reading.

    I could not really comprehend how one will go to God’s kingdom by killing another human being created by God? Is that what they’ve been thought of? Is that part of the doctrine? For “infidels” or unbelievers, is it really justified to annihilate or kill them? I thought we should love one another, a doctrine which is supreme and of course the love of Almighty God being the highest. Both, in my opinion go along with each other. Yes, one may extremely love God the Creator but by killing those infidel would not make Him happy, would he? The same way, we may love all his creations but does not love Him, he would not be pleased as well. Would he?

    If a person, who love the Creator on all things, but do not love his creation, example even the unbelievers or “infidels” by killing them, do you think our God would even let this extreme person join Him in His paradise?

    No one has the right to take someone else life, except God Almighty, no one!

  5. avatar diego says:

    +1 for Teman Rey:

    The reputation of Indonesia as a peaceful place has been severely damaged by these very few extremists, who are even exporting their brand of misguided beliefs to other countries in the name of their extreme belief.

    Beside, those fuglies look fugly. Aesthetically unpleasant. It’s not the face we want to show to the world.

  6. avatar fanglong says:

    Jihad is not terrorism but can be turned into a clever excuse for terrorism.

    Shari’ah is supposed to keep Muslims clean & pure in front of their Creator : but why is it so rashly tough, so much that it prefers death to simple joys (if not shamefully abusing) like sex or tipsiness (or Omar Khayyam’s poetico-mystical drunkennes) ?

    So, now in Aceh jinayah is plaguing life with deathly threats on adultery (there may be good reasons to cheat on one’s husband or wife/wives…), vexing painful caning for a simple drink whereas there haven’t be any qanun against ganja, nor… basic male chauvinism.

    Yesterday has been one more sad day for Indonesia & (“Indonesia’s”) Aceh.

  7. avatar diego says:

    Hey guys,

    Again, malaysia is trying to terrorize the neighboring countries. They just released some terrorists (I believe with the hope that they will cross into other countries, such as indonesia, phillipine, and thailand). This is truly malaysia, terrorist exporter. Malaysia, cruely asia….

    http://www.jawapos.co.id/halaman/index.php?act=detail&nid=91954

  8. avatar diego says:

    I don’t know where to put it, but I can think of the tag: “arab solidarity”.

    http://www.jawapos.co.id/halaman/index.php?act=detail&nid=91949

    ”Ketersediaan fasilitas itu dipastikan siap digunakan jamaah haji mulai tahun depan. Indonesia sebagai pemilik kuota jamaah terbesar selalu diberi update informasi terkait itu,” tegas Setdirjen Haji Abdul Ghafur Djawahir di Jakarta pekan lalu.

    That is it? Only “information update”, for having sent billions and billions of rupiahs to Saudi Arabia (the pilgrims)? Wow, that tells a lot about “arab (saudi) solidarity / consideration”.

    Now, I know I’ll be accused of anti islam. Well, I’ve been accused of that once, and anti-abrahamic religions by stating what I think that abrahamic-religion teachings revolves around the fights between two bitches, Hagar and Sara. So, I’ll do it again: this hajj is a waste of money, a scam. But, well, of course, many will disagree. Whatever.

  9. avatar diego says:

    Hi Patung,

    Sorry to put it here, but I couldn’t find other topics currently on the front-page for “stealing-related theme”. So, I guess I can put it here, because it’s about Malaysia, and when we talk about Malaysia, we talk about terrorism, right?

    Ok, that second-rat(e) race is at it again: http://id.news.yahoo.com/viva/20090929/tpl-gamelan-malaysia-mirip-milik-indones-fa55e98.html

    Sekali maling tetap maling, once a thief forever a thief.

  10. avatar diego says:

    Oops, sorry, I followed the writing guideline too strictly (malaysia with capital M), I should’ve depromoted it to “malaysia”.

  11. avatar HeavenlySword says:

    Can I infiltrate the schools and share the love of pRonducation?

  12. avatar Temur says:

    Odinius Says:

    Others instruct pupils that the state of Indonesia is illegitimate. That should be enough for them to lose the right to operate as schools.”

    Yea, imagine an english teacher here talking to students about local religion and politics! How long would he last?

    ET (PM) Says:

    Follow the money trail and investigate the funding.”

    1.Malaysia
    2. Saudi Arabia

    diego (PM) Says:

    That is it? Only “information update”, for having sent billions and billions of rupiahs to Saudi Arabia (the pilgrims)? Wow, that tells a lot about “arab (saudi) solidarity / consideration”.

    this hajj is a waste of money, a scam.”

    Oh ten million times yes. Saudis rejoice yearly when zillions of foreign Muslims spend fortunes doing this pilgrimage. I bet most have to indebt themselves for near-life. It’s a huge, unending business. But don’t expect Saudi gratitude over this…I suspect they consider non-Arab Muslims as….as…sub-Arabs? Lower, perhaps, considering how they treat their maids?

    It is sad, when you read history, to see how some cultures older than the Arabs’ have degraded themselves in the name of their new-found religion. The best example is Iran.
    It used to be called Persia, and it was splendid.
    Even after they became Muslims, for a long time they did it all the Persian way. But the wear and tear was too much.
    Look at them now. They’ve lost their souls. They’re nothing but 2nd-rate Arabs.
    There are some in Indonesia who wish to turn all Indos into 3rd-rate Arabs. They state it explicitly: “We basically want to remove everything here that is un-Islamic.”

    Don’t lose your soul, Indonesia. You are older, smarter, and better than them, and you deserve far better than what they have in store for you.

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