Campus Mosques Vulnerable to Radicalism Infiltration

Koran Tempo, page 10

Director of Prevention of the Terrorism Countermeasure National Agency, Brigadier General Ilham said that the campus mosques are currently the target of radical infiltration. Therefore, prevention of radical understanding among students is not only the task of university officials but also takmir or mosque caretakers.  He said the mosque takmir must understand the characteristics of radical understanding and must know when there is an intruder.

According to Ilham, the mosque caretakers must know the type and schedule of studies in the mosque environment, especially the groups or communities that organize them. Communication among mosque caretakers should also be intensive to share information.

The case of a mosque infiltrated by radicalism, Ilham said that it occurred in the terrorist bombing of the Oikumene Church in Loa Janan, Samarinda in November last year. Seven perpetrators of the attack are known to be followers of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and often practice in one of the mosques in Janan City. In addition, he said that the phenomenon of recruitment of terror perpetrators with no age limit should be of concern among students and tertiary education students as a preventive measure.

Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education, Mohammad Nasir said that he had asked university rectors throughout Indonesia to map and identify the student movement knot that had the potential to generate radicalism and intolerance. University officials are required to supervise mosque activities. Nasir said that the ministry is also preparing a “General Education” campaign on campuses to prevent the development of radical understanding. Programs under the Directorate General of Learning and Student Affairs will insert nationality and pluralism insight through basic knowledge taught to students.

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