Indonesia: Islamic Terrorist Organization Jamaah Islamiyah Pledges Allegiance To ISIS Caliphate
Looks like the authorities had good cause for worry. Abu Bakr Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of Jamaah Islamiyah, carries a lot of weight amongst jihadists in Indonesia. Stay tuned, I’m sure another Islamic terrorist organization is poised to pledge allegiance to the ISIS Caliphate in 3, 2, 1 …
Hadith, Saheeh Muslim 2889, “Verily Allah has shown me the eastern and western part of the earth, and I saw the authority of my Ummah (Islamic nation) dominate all that I saw.”
By Kennial Caroline Laia & Dyah Ayu Pitaloka, The Jakarta Globe – “Imprisoned terrorist convict Abu Bakar Ba’asyir has officially pledged his allegiance, or bai’at, to join the jihadist movement of a militant group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an official, who says that the list of Indonesian Muslim supporters for the radical movement only continues to grow.
‘We had already tightened prison security, but unfortunately they [met] in rooms we didn’t suspect [they would use],’ said Handoyo Sudrajat, the penitentiary directorate general at the Ministry of Legal and Human Rights Affairs.
Ba’asyir, the spiritual leader of the Indonesian terror network Jamaah Islamiyah, made his bai’at to ISIS with 23 other prisoners in a praying room of what was supposed to be the highly secured Pasir Putih penitentiary on Nusakambangan Island off Cilacap, Central Java.
Meanwhile, Habib Rizieq Shihab of the Muslim hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) denied that his organization had denounced ISIS.
‘The FPI has yet decide whether it will support or refuse the establishment of ISIS [in Indonesia],’ he was quoted as saying by Kompas.com, adding that FPI leaders would assess the rapidly growing Iraqi movement to decide whether it has deviated from Islamic teachings.
As ISIS garners more support in various pockets of Indonesia, anxiety has also escalated among its citizens over the jihadist movement gaining strength within the archipelago.
The Central Java government recently discovered that a local branch of ISIS’s has been active in Sempu, Malang, for at least a month. Calling themselves Ansharul Khilafah, the cell have reportedly been using a village mosque as their headquarters.
‘I was tagged about the establishment [of Ansharullah Khilafah] on Facebook, so my friends and I went [to the mosque]. There was a video screening and a sermon about ISIS. They handed out Al Mustaqbal magazines, brochures and vouchers for fried chicken,’ Malang resident Aji Prase told the Jakarta Globe.
‘We are worried about the [existence of ISIS], which is notorious for its brutal force and violence. They won’t hesitate to kill anyone who doesn’t fall in line with [their ideology]. We don’t want Malang to be its headquarters, because this would only bring violence here,’ he added.
In a mere week the militant group’s influence has reportedly spread to several other areas of Central Java, particularly Solo. A number of media portals have reported scores of Surakarta Muslims pledging their oath to ISIS.” Read more.
Flashback: The Pledge Of Allegiance
- Jordan: Salafi Group Pledges Allegiance To Islamic State
- Nigeria: Boko Haram Voices Support For ISIS Caliphate
- Sudan: Salafi Group Endorses Islamic State’s New Caliphate
- Lebanon: Sunni Jihadists Pledge Allegiance To ISIS Caliphate
- Indonesia: Authorities Fear Support For ISIS Caliphate Spreading
- Pakistan: Taliban-Linked Terror Org Pledges Allegiance To ISIS Caliphate
- Philippines: Terrorist Organization Pledges Allegiance To ISIS Caliphate, ‘We Pledge To Obey [The Caliph] … And To Value Him More Than Anyone Else’