Soraya Abdullah

Sep 14th, 2009, in Celebrities, News, by

The vanishing of burqa clad actress Soraya Abdullah and possible connections to terrorism.

For several years former model and actress Soraya Abdullah has studied Islam under M Iqbal alias Abu Jibril at the Al Munawwarah mosque in Pamulang. While attending his sermons Soraya developed a relationship with Jibril's son M. Jibril alias Muhammad Ricky Ardhan (the founder of Ar Rahmah Media), who was arrested on August 25th on suspicion of arranging funding for terrorist activities in Indonesia, specifically for the Jakarta bombings in July.

Since Jibril's arrest Soraya Abdullah has been in hiding, from the media, not the police.

Pre Jilbab Days

Her full name is Soraya Abdullah Balvas or Balfas, born in Jakarta in 1978 of mixed Indonesian-Arab descent, and is usually called Aya. Before she discovered hyper-religiosity she was a familiar face on television, starring in a number of commercials for products like Daihatsu Taruna, Cooling 5, Bayfresh, Nescafe, and Vaseline, and later moving into the world of sinetron, her most famous role being that of the snake queen Ratu Medusa in "Gerhana II".

Soraya Abdullah

Jilbab Days

She is said to have undergone great emotional strain after her 2.5 year long marriage to a Balinese man ended in bitterness, and thereafter went to live in an Islamic boarding college, the pondok pesantren Al Ihya in Bogor. While there she chose to don the Islamic headscarf, the jilbab, in 2006. At the time the mother of two (Muhammad Senarai Ikhtiar and Siti Aisyiah Az-Zahra) said her motto had now become

Jihad in the way of Allah

Soraya Abdullah

Thereafter she continued to work in television, but in more religious themed soap operas, like "Hidayah" and "Misteri Illahi".

Burqa Days

Her passion for religion continued to grow and after studying under Abu Jibril she chose to almost entirely cover herself, by wearing a burqa, and deserted the world of fame and glamour for religious contemplation and activism.

Soraya Abdullah

Rumours circulated that she and M. Jibril alias Muhammad Ricky Ardhan were considering marriage, while Aya's father, Abdullah Saleh Balvas, denies this saying that their relationship was a purely business one.

M. Jibril alias Muhammad Ricky Ardhan

Abdullah also claims that Soraya is not in "hiding" but that the family had long ago chosen to move out of Jakarta and live quietly in the countryside, and had done so since May 2009, before the JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton attacks. vivanews


32 Comments on “Soraya Abdullah”

  1. avatar timdog says:

    PPT – if you care to search this site I think you’ll find that I have a pretty staunch record of taking furious issue with many of “the ppl here who attack Muslims and Islam”…
    However, I simply cannot stand poor grammar, and I think you are grossly insulting the divine, received word of God if you imply that He would make such a mess of a second conditional. Outrageous! Tantamount to blasphemy!

  2. avatar David says:

    PPT is translating this I think:

    QS. AL BAQARAH:120

    Orang-orang Yahudi dan Nasrani tidak akan senang kepada kamu sehingga kamu mengikuti agama mereka. Katakanlah:”Sesungguhnya petunjuk Allah itulah petunjuk (yang sebenarnya)”. Dan sesungguhnya jika kamu mengikuti kemauan mereka setelah pengetahan datang kepadamu, maka Allah tidak lagi menjadi pelindung dan penolong bagimu.

    I found a sort of ‘King James’ English version of it:

    2:120 Never will the Jews or the Christians be satisfied with thee unless thou follow their form of religion. Say: “The Guidance of God -that is the (only) Guidance.” Wert thou to follow their desires after the knowledge which hath reached thee then wouldst thou find neither Protector nor helper against God.

    Now if M. Khafi were here he’d start quoting that other verse, the one that says Jews and Christians have nothing to fear from God, and then it would all get confusing…

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