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.

Dimana SBY?




About Asmartrock

N. Mark Castro is the Southeast Asia Director of JUMP DIGITAL Asia, which is an internationally-awarded and fully integrated digital marketing agency with 5 out of 10 offices in the ASEAN region. He is also the Secretary General of the Philippine Business Club Indonesia, managing and assisting the traffic of investments between the Philippines and Indonesia. He shuttles between Indonesia, Philippines, Myanmar, Singapore, Cambodia, and Australia. The views posted here are his own and do not in any way reflect the views of the companies he represents.

Posted on December 16, 2012, in General, Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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