INDONESIA - Woman Jailed for Complaining About Mosque Noise

Arno Froese

A woman in Muslim-majority Indonesia was sentenced to 18 months in jail for complaining about the volume of a mosque’s call to prayer—the latest conviction under a controversial blasphemy law. 

Meiliana, 44, an ethnic Chinese Buddhist, was found guilty of insulting Islam for asking her neighborhood mosque to lower its sound system because it was too loud and “hurt” her ears.  

There are some 800,000 mosques across the archipelago, with the five-times-a-day call to prayer heard everywhere in the biggest cities and smallest towns. 

[The] verdict will likely fuel fears that Indonesia’s moderate brand of Islam is coming under threat from increasingly influential radicals.

The court in the city of Medan on Sumatra island said the woman’s comments two years ago triggered riots that saw angry Muslim mobs ransack Buddhist temples., 21 August 2018

Arno's commentary

Indonesia is 87.2% Muslim, 7% Protestant, 2.9% Catholic, and 1.7% Hindu. It’s the world’s largest Muslim nation in terms of population.

The country was colonialized by the Dutch in the 17th century and occupied from 1942-1945 by Japan. While the nation is known to be liberal and somewhat Western leaning, the Muslim religion is a powerful institution and represents the majority in the country.

This article shows that it is common for one religion to oppress the other. Based on our understanding of Scripture, there is going to be a one-world religion, where all the people of the world will live in peace and harmony, albeit temporarily.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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