Indonesia’s Muslim youth find new heroes in Instagram preachers

2019-3-27-indo-insta-preachers-01Source: PRI

BY Juke Carolina

In Indonesia, the rise of rock star clerics on social media has fueled a movement known as hijrah, capturing the attention of Muslim youth seeking new ways to express their faith on social media.

Hijrah means “migration” in Arabic and refers to the Prophet Muhammad’s journey from Mecca to Medinah as one of the five pillars of Islam. But in Indonesia, some are embracing the word to illustrate a new wave of piety.

Indonesian celebrity Shireen Sungkar, who promotes the hijrah lifestyle as a “happy mom and wife,” has 14.9 million Instagram followers. Alyssa Soebandono, with 12.7 million followers, also models a modest hijrah-inspired life.

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Categories: Asia, Indonesia, Muslims

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