Religious Violence Avoided In Indonesia

Attacks upon a Muslim sect, the Ahmadiyah, were halted because Muslim religious leaders worked with local police to avoid further violence. Mobs had attacked members of the Ahmadiyah sect whose practices are contrary to many of most Muslims in Indonesia. Local ulema urged those participating in violence to avoid such behavior since it was against the principles of their religion. According to the police, “the role of the ulema was magnificent in convincing the attackers to surrender.” The ulema, together with dozens of other people walked the attackers to police headquarters for the surrender.

Religious leaders in Indonesia continue setting an example of focusing on peaceful ways to resolve religious differences. They put to rest charges that Muslim religious figures are only supporters of terrorism. It is unfortunate the western press ignores positive Muslim actions.