Indonesia’s Islamic parties surprise with strong showing in election

Indonesia’s Islamic parties surprise with strong showing in election

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesia’s Islamic political parties are poised to grab a larger-than-expected share of the vote in Wednesday’s general election, indicating a loyal following in the world’s most populous Muslim nation despite a spate of corruption scandals.

The country’s five Islamic-based national parties looked to have grabbed a combined 32 percent share of the national vote, performing slightly better than in the last parliamentary election in 2009, according to a quick count by think-tank CSIS.

In the run-up to the elections, pollsters were forecasting the downfall of Indonesia’s Islamic parties.

“This confirms that 30 percent support is a natural level for (Islamic parties) as there are still some parts of the country where they remain popular,” said Douglas Ramage, political analyst at Bower Group Asia consultancy.

Despite the strong showing on Wednesday, the parties are divided and are not expected to form a coalition that would allow them to field a candidate in a July presidential election.

But individually, the Islamic parties, like the PKB and the National Mandate Party (PAN), could play influential roles as the larger political groups look to form coalitions.

“(Islamic parties) have no track record of cooperating with each other,” said Todung Mulya Lubis, chairman of the executive board of Transparency International in Indonesia.

“But in terms of negotiating with other parties, to have more bargaining power, they will have to rethink that.”

PKB emerged as the most popular Islamic party taking more than 9 percent of the vote, nearly doubling its share from 2009. PKB’s presidential candidate, Rhoma Irama, is the self-styled “king of dangdut,” a hugely popular form of music with Arabic and Indian influences.

Indonesia’s largest Muslim party, PKS, saw only a slight decline in its share of the vote from 2009 with 7 percent, CSIS said. That was despite a major corruption scandal that has badly hit the party’s leadership.

Religious parties made a comeback in Indonesia’s era of democratic reform after the fall in 1998 of authoritarian leader, Suharto. But support has steadily dropped over the last decade.

The rise in votes also comes amid concern that Indonesia, nearly 90 percent of whose population adheres to Islam, is turning increasingly intolerant with the government accused of pandering to groups which want Islam to play a more dominant role in a country whose state ideology recognises several religions.

(Editing by Jonathan Thatcher and Robert Birsel)


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  1. As long as Islamic parties do not impose Islamic laws to others through Government will be fine, and all non Islamic parties will accept it.

    But if Islamic party like Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt want to create Islamic state, Syariah laws become the law of Government we have to reject Islamic parties like Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

    We have to know that the truth of Islamic law is do not impose Islamic law to others through Government.

    Islamic law is not compulsion, but religious liberty, every one has the right to follows Islamic laws or NOT to follows.

    For example in Saudi Arabia and Taliban.

    Government impose women to wear Hijab.
    Government force man to have beard.
    Government force people to close all trading activities on Friday, have to go to Mosque.
    Government have to ban selling alcohol, and pork.
    etc etc.

    We, moderately educated Muslim have to speak up loudly to reject all ancient Arab tradition who create conflict, violence and religious war like in Syria,Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    may God guide us all to the truth of Islam, the straight path. Ameen

    All love

  2. @alatif:
    We have to know that the truth of Islamic law is do not impose Islamic law to others through Government.

    Islamic law is not compulsion, but religious liberty, every one has the right to follows Islamic laws or NOT to follows.
    Well said alatif. That is proved by the migration of the prophet Muhammad s.a.w.s. when he arrived in Yathrab (Madinah), he did not impose any Islamic law on non-Muslims. Thank you.

  3. @ Ghulam Sarwar

    Its been proven through Al Quran where Allah commanded Prophet Muhammad several times, your duty not to impose, or force people to follow you or ME, your duty is convey My massages to them,that’s it.

    Religious liberty.
    The true Islamic government or syariah law is that all citizen has the right to believe and worship his God according to his teaching. There is no compulsion or force in Islamic religion. Every one has freedom to choose his beliefs and even not believe in God. Muslim has freedom to convert to other religion and vise-versa. Islam is a peaceful religion and mercy for all mankind.

    The truth of Syariah law is that there is no compulsion in Islam QS 2;256. and freedom to choose your beliefs and conversion.

    And showed him the two ways? QS 90;10.( God’s way, and evil’s way.)

    And had your Lord willed, those on earth would have believed, all of them together. So, will you (O Muhammad SAW) then compel mankind, until they become believers. QS 10;99.

    ”your(Muhammad(saw) duty is only to convey (the Message) and on Us is the reckoning”. QS 13:40.

    And say, “The truth is from your Lord. Now, whoever so wills may believe and whoever so wills may deny.” QS 18;29

    Whoever goes right, then he goes right only for the benefit of his ownself. And whoever goes astray, then he goes astray to his own loss. No one laden with burdens can bear another’s burden.QS 17;15

    From some verses above, very clear that Allah NEVER ask His Prophet from Moses. Jesus, and Muhammad (saw) to IMPOSE or foce people to obey His laws.

    Verily, Allah has given His people on the past and present freedom to choose his lifestyle;
    You were born with the freedom of choice

    Let we look at Bible;

    Today I am giving you a choice between good and evil, or between a blessing and a curse, between life and death. (Deuteronomy 30; 1,15)

    He who is unjust, let him unjust still.
    He who is filthy, let him be filthy still
    He who is righteous, let him be righteous still.
    He who is holy,let him be holy still.(Rev;22:11).

    Therefore; religious freedom / liberty is a core of Islamic teaching,

    Those who impose Islamic teaching to others is against Allah’s laws but evil. Those Muslim scholars have been deceived by evil, and the result of implementing their interpretation of Islam create violence, discrimination, injustice, oppression and then religious war as we see in Syria.

    May Allah guide those who have been deceived by evil. Ameen

    All love

  4. But The Prophet (pbuh) did impose Islamic laws on Muslims.

    There are verses that require the Muslim state to implement them such as the judicial laws.

    • The problem that most of us have with ‘Islamic laws’ are not the ‘Islamic laws’ as such, but the Mullahs that interpret them. If the Prophet (peace be on him) was here we would gladly and wholeheartedly welcome the Islamic laws, of course.

  5. Br Rafiq, That is right. The problem is in the wrong interpretation of the Islamic law. There is no Unity, not one interpretation. There are many sects among the Muslims. Every sect has its own Islam which is different. Every one is very happy with its own version of Islam. Surely one version will be better than the other’s. But no one can be compelled to do away their version.
    In such a situation it is better to go for secular system which will help the non-Muslims to survive happily amongst the Muslims.
    To say that we have the book (The Quran) and we can get along well is not right. Quran has guidance for the pious (Muttaqueen) people. It needs a teacher too. The Jews had all the books and they are even today reciting their religious books fervently. We need not comment on what they have been through for many centuries.
    Qalb e saleem i.e. a heart at peace with self and with the Creator is required for success and progress, which heart most Muslims do not have today.

  6. What is wrong with Sharia Law like; Saudi Arabia, Taliban, Iran,Hamas, etc?. They hijacked Islamic laws by forced

    Sharia Law that implemented in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Taliban, Hamas, Sudan and others are as follows;

    1. The leader is not elected by people, but using force, army with guns and weapons to take the government. This way is wrong and against the rule of God above.

    2. The ruler or King does not treat all people fairly, but he discriminate against religious minorities such as Jews, Christian, Hindu, Budha and even Muslim Shia. This acts is wrong and against the rule of God above.

    3. The ruler or King does not protect the right of individuals or minorities. Even he oppress the right of minorities. There is no freedom of religion, expression and protest. This acts is wrong and against the rule of God above.

    4. The ruler or King impose their beliefs to others with sword or guns.
    Those who does not follow his beliefs, will be punished even will be killed. This acts is wrong and against the rule of God above.

    Syariah law such as Saudi Arabia, Taliban, Hamas, Sudan etc are wrong, and misleading people. The right syariah law, the right system of government as below;

    1. The ruler or a leader will be elected by people through election.
    2. Majority will lead Government, and Government have to protect the right of minorities or individuals.
    3. Religious Liberty
    4. Separation between state and Mosque,Church and others and President can not take a side of region , in other words, President have to be neutral, with justice for all.

    In other words, the Islamic government is the system of democratic secular. So the system democratic secular is syariah law.As Allah and prophet explained in Al Quran.

    Hi, believer, obey Allah and prophet and obey Uli Amri (state authority ) can be Jews, Christian, atheist, Hindu and Muslim ) QS 4;59

    Those Muslim who live in China, Cuba and North korea (Atheist countries ) who live in America (christian) who live in Japan and India ( Hindu,Budha) have to obey Ulil Amri ( the existing authority )

    Dose America are following the rule of God to govern American ? What do you think ?


    Liberty with freedom of religion, and expression, justice for all people, no discrimination on the basis of race, religion, and gender.

    Government will protect the right of minorities, individual, human right,
    and president and government do not take side of religion.

    America’s constitution is compatible with Allah’s laws, Taurat, Injil and Al Quran.

    Allah want His People ( Mukmin, Jews, Christian, Atheist, Hindu, Budha
    Gay-Lesbian etc. live in peace, and harmony. THIS IS ISLAMIC VALUE.

    How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God’s people to live together in harmony. Psalm 133:1
    Islamic teaching is a mercy to the worlds. QS.21 :107.

    Even though it is not 100 percent perfect.

    That is way Allah blesses America and its people with peace, harmony and prosperity.

    America is peaceful home for all religion, non religion, or all human that God created.
    America is a home of knowledge.
    America is a generous country in the world.
    America is friendly and lovely people.
    America is a religious country .
    All people, Christian, Jewish, Muslim Sunni, Muslim Shia, Hindu and others say:

    God want His people live in peace, harmony and prosperity.

    All Muslim sects can live in peace and harmony in non Muslim Countries, but why they can not live in peace and harmony in Muslim Countries.???

    All love

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