Exactly on the birthday of the holy prophet Mohammed today there were four people injured in an attack at an Islamic boarding school, or pesantren, in the Kenep village of Beji in Pasuruan, East Java. The Islamic boarding school teaches its students Shiite Islam. The attackers were believed to be Sunni Moslems like most of Indonesians are. Further story is available at Jakarta Globe.
Indonesia has been experiencing violence acts with religious background these past weeks. I shared the attack of Cikeusik last week. The day after Cikeusik attack, 3 churches in Temanggung (see pic below), Central Java, were burnt as a reaction of a Christian who was accused of spreading leaflets insulting the Islam and Catholicism.
It is very sad and quite disturbing to see how the hardliners trying to protect the peaceful religion by committing violence while Islam literary means peace.
A theory has been circling around that all this is orchestrated by a higher invisible hand. And I don’t mean God by this. It is assumed that those attackers were puppets of some groups who deliberately cause unrest in the country. Religious conflicts are used to infer people’s attention far away from endlessly corruption cases.
Whatever reason is behind these attacks, it just doesn’t justify people to kill fellow human beings just because they practise another teachings.