WITT #11: Do we still have tolerance to each other?

Well, in these past few months I’ve heard and seen many Indonesian people and netizen were talking about religious intolerance and the next Jakarta’s Gubernatorial election. All of sudden, netizen on my Facebook, Twitter and Path, they’re always talking about who’s right and wrong, who’s more religious, the strongest and the smartest than others.

So it was started last month, when around 200,000 people of Muslim protesters rallied in the heart of Jakarta to demand the city’s Governor, Basuki Tjahja Purnama, or known by his Chinese nickname Ahok, to be prosecuted for alleged blasphemy through his video which goes viral in social media, when he made a comment on verses in the Quran during a visit to Thousand Islands regency in late September.

And now, the National Police still doing investigation for his case. The police have acknowledged that a video featuring Ahok had been edited by a social media user to make it appear that he was criticising the Quran. The video went viral after hard-line groups seized on the edited version and promoted it on social media (Amnesty International). That is why Ahok has denied making any defamatory remarks. Currently, he is barred from leaving the country and could face up to five years in prison if he is ultimately charged and convicted.

But then, I have read many news and articles regarding this matters and for me this issue has turn into very politically and full of intrigue, has been mixed up with some people who really defend Islamic value, some people who don’t really like Ahok to be the next Jakarta’s Governor since the beginning (both maybe because he is a Christian and Chinese, or because during his leadership Ahok very known as a Governor which is very straightforward, highly discipline, very brave and bold!) and some people who even ‘got paid’ by other groups who taking this as their advantages.

Below I’ve got a very nice perspective which published on The Conversation:

“…Indeed, there were many Muslim organisations that joined the rally, demanding Ahok to be jailed for blasphemy for “insulting Islam” over his comments criticizing his opponents for using Koran verses against him. Groups such as the Islamic Student Association (HMI), the Islamic Mujaheedin Assembly (MMI) and Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia all went along in the rally. The hard-line Islamic militia group the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), notorious for violent thuggery and attacks against minorities, organised the rally and was the loudest and most visible on the scene.

But the reality of the November 4 rally in Jakarta is much more complex than growing Islamic radicalism in Indonesia.

Racism, the political agenda of Purnama’s opponents in the upcoming gubernatorial race, and discontent from the urban poor over Purnama’s policy on forced evictions all factor in the protest turnout in addition to religious motives to defend Islam.

The Conversation

Actually, I will not talk about all of these issues, I’d rather want to question myself (and you) after I see what happens recently,

“Do we still have this kind of tolerance feeling?”

“Does Indonesia still being a country which upholds religious tolerance?”

I hope we really still have it.

[deep sigh]

Nothing is perfect in this world. If Allah could forgive His people because of their mistakes and sins, then why we can’t forgive other people’s mistakes? I think, sins and mistakes are human responsible to their God, we do not need to judge others for the mistakes that they are making.

For me, Islam is about respect, kindness, loving, peaceful, tolerance, forgiving, and generous to each other, whenever and wherever you are.

Do we still have those feelings now?

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