As-salamu alaykum: The Persecuted Plight of Indonesia’s Shiite Moslems
By N Mark Castro
Brandishing itself as a major proponent of tolerance and democracy, the Republic of Indonesia’s elected leaders, however, continue to fail the spirit by which the country has been founded.
No one — not a single soul in government and not a single soul in the Islamic community in the world’s largest Moslem population has taken up the cudgels for the systematically persecuted Shiite Moslems who happen to be Indonesians as well.
Condemned as heretics, around 200 Muslim-minority Shiites have for months lived as pariahs in a sports hall after a deadly clash with Sunnis. Since August, they have slept on thin mattresses surrounded by flies at the Sampang district indoor tennis courts in East Java.
Moslem brothers in the world are up in arms and ready to meet their assigned 70,000 virgins for perceived slights against Islam and/or the Prophet Mohammed.
Yet no one will lay their lives for their fellow Shiite Moslem brothers.