Muhammadiyah is planning to enter the world of pageants.
Din Syamsuddin, the chairman of Muhammadiyah, says that in February of 2007 a Miss Muslimah Indonesia contest will be held, in direct and deliberate competition with the Miss Indonesia contest (Putri Indonesia). The reason, says Din, is that pornography has to be tackled not just in an intellectual, critical way, but also in a practical way. The Miss Muslimah competition will be one means of going head to head with the porn purveyors of Puteri Indonesia.
Din went on to say that pornography had to be dealt with using political and economic means, but, sadly, Muslims were in no position to wield either power. Fatwas were no use, he said, the government just sat on its hands.
Din received the support of a number of famous, religiously earnest, people, including Cici Tegal, Yolanda Yusuf, Maria Eva, and Ozzy Saputra, who witnessed his speech to the East Java branch of Muhammadiyah (PWM) in Surabaya on the 11th of November. antara
Meanwhile, in other "Din news", the great man has become a world Islamic leader, by being chosen to be a deputy secretary general of the "World Islamic People's Leadership" (Kepemimpinnan Rakyat Islam Sedunia (KRIS)), at its conference in Tripoli, Libya, last week. Din will represent the continent of Asia.
According to Antara the "World Islamic People's Leadership" is concerned with empowering Muslims worldwide in the face of unrelenting Western oppression and Israeli brutality. Apparently Israel is to blame even for the Darfur tragedy - Zionists have conspired to cause a split among the Sudanese people, who are normally brotherly and united.
Din Syamsuddin, striding the world stage.
Din was quoted as saying that despite all the insults and oppression that the Islamic world suffered at the hands of the west Muslims were still willing to hold out the warm, sweaty hand of friendship, but only if westerners stopped being Islamophobic. antara