An Indonesian correspondent known only as Ibrahim B. says their agenda is spelled out in an Indonesian-language book with an English title, “Jihad and the Foreign Policy of the Khilafah State.”
Ibrahim told Assist News Service the book is freely available in Indonesian bookstores and “teaches a vision of aggressive and violent jihad to establish an Islamic caliphate, and from there to launch jihad against other nations to bring them into the Islamic Empire.”
“This is the new imperialism and the new colonialism my country is facing, and it is evident in the militant mujahideen who gather at the court in Indramayu each week to demand the death of three accused housewives who cared enough about children to try and save them from a future in prostitution,” he said.
According to Ibrahim, “The radicals want Indonesia to be the foundation of a Southeast Asian caliphate that will launch jihad against other nations such as Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Australia and Papua New Guinea until they have all submitted to Islam.”
To achieve this vision, he said, “all pockets of resistance must be subdued. This is why there have been jihad operations in Maluku and Central Sulawesi in the last few years and why there have been more than 100 churches closed down or destroyed in West Java alone in just the last three years — and over 30 churches in the last month.”
Ibrahim says The Indonesian Council of Mullahs, or MUI, has spearheaded the jihad drive and it is they who are demanding that these three housewives be severely punished for allowing Muslim children to attend their “Happy Week” activities.
Ibrahim quotes page 64 of the Jihad book as saying, “It is not allowed for Muslims to fight those whom the Islamic da’wah [preaching] has not reached, rather the unbelievers must first be called to join Islam. If they reject, then they are invited to submit (live under) the ruling of the Islamic State by paying the jizyah tax [protection money — only paid by non-Muslims]. If they reject that, then war must be waged against them in order to remove any obstacle in the way of implementing the Islamic ruling system upon them.”
In other words, the three choices are join Islam, pay a protection tax called jizyah or be killed in warfare.
Ibrahim told ANS the book declares Muslims “must remove any obstacle in the way of implementing the Islamic ruling system.” These three housewives are seen as an obstacle that must be removed, he said.
Earlier this year, Rebecca Laonita, Ratna Mala Bangun, and Ety Pangesti conducted a “Happy Week” Vacation Bible School-type program in their homes in the village of Haurgelis, West Java. Eventually about a score of Muslim children also attended with permission of their parents. The women were arrested on charges of “Christianization” of Muslim children, and immediately jailed. The court case began June 30….
According to Ibrahim, one of their leaders grabbed a megaphone and shouted, “…You are the ones called to carry out the command of the prophet and you must be just as brave so that you will be able to implement sharia Islam (Islamic law). Are you ready?”
The trucked-in militants responded, “Ready! Allahu akbar! [Allah is Greatest!”]
The Muslim preacher continued, “Every drop of your blood will give birth to many in Islam who will be proved by Allah. Seventy-two houris [fairy women] will bathe you.
“Alhamdulillah! [Allah be Praised!] we have reached the seventh session of the trial. The whole of the Islamic community is again waiting for a just decision [i.e., favorable to Islam], but if this court is not just then we ourselves will act according to our own law. Indeed we have our own plans but we are still holding ourselves back because we respect the law in this nation. But we will not agree if Rebecca and her companions are given a light penalty, or if they are set free.
“Don’t think for a moment that Rebecca will be able to return peacefully to Haurgeulis [the village where the Happy Week was conducted]. We have our own just methods according to Islamic law. Allahu akbar!”
The mujahideen responded loudly with raised, clenched fists, “Allahu akbar! Allah is Greater!”