Islamic State 'embarrassing' Muslims - Indonesia president

Sydney - The president of the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, Indonesia, on Thursday called the actions of Islamic State militants "embarrassing" to the religion and urged Islamic leaders to unite in tackling extremism.

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the scale of the slaughter wrought by the extremists in overrunning large swathes of Iraq and Syria and the level of violence being used was appalling.

"It is shocking. It is becoming out of control," he said in an interview with The Australian, a day after IS released a video showing a masked militant beheading US reporter James Foley, provoking worldwide revulsion.

"We do not tolerate it, we forbid ISIS in Indonesia," he added, referring to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, as IS was formerly known.

"Indonesia is not an Islamic state. We respect all religions."

He urged international leaders to work together to combat radicalisation.

"This is a new wake-up call to international leaders all over the world, including Islamic leaders," he said, adding that the actions of IS were not only "embarrassing" to Islam but "humiliating", the newspaper reported.

"All leaders must review how to combat extremism. Changing paradigms on both sides are needed - how the West perceives Islam and how Islam perceives the West."

Indonesia is home to the world's biggest Muslim population of about 225 million and has long struggled with terrorism. But a successful clampdown in recent years has seen the end of major deadly attacks.

Jakarta has estimated that dozens of Indonesians have travelled to Syria and Iraq to fight and Yudhoyono said he was concerned about their return, adding that he had tasked agencies to oppose the spread of extremist ideology in the sprawling nation.

"Our citizens here in Indonesia are picking up recruitment messages from ISIS containing extremist ideas," said the president, whose decade in office comes to an end in October.

"The philosophy of ISIS stands against the fundamental values we embrace in Indonesia. Last Friday, in my state of the union address to the nation, I called on all Indonesians to reject ISIS and to stop the spread of its radical ideology.

"My government and security agencies have taken decisive steps to curtail the spread of ISIS in Indonesia, including by prohibiting Indonesians to join ISIS or to fight for ISIS, and also by blocking Internet sites that promote this idea."

Phae Rayden 2014-08-21 06:06:00 AM
A lone voice of reason in the deafening silence of Islamic complicity by refusing to condemn fellow murderous muslim brothers. Its getting to the point where people will start to support US invasions again if nothing is done to curtail these barbarians.
konfab 2014-08-21 06:15:47 AM
Better, but this guy still sets the laws of his country from the same book
Musa Mageba 2014-08-21 06:16:23 AM
He is a real leader
Sisie Indola 2014-08-21 06:16:49 AM
What i find very difficult to comprehend is that these so called IS militants have had the pleasure of a Western education, plus all the other benefits that they have received from their host country (UK let's say)and the way they have repaid them is becoming terrorists - really. That is like going to visit you grandparents for a long visit and when you leave kill them. This speaks very loudly against any country opening their borders to refugees, because they will take everything you have to offer and still kick you in the teeth. Or are these so called oxygen thieves just thugs looking for a war. While they are doing the killing everything is really hunky dory until the bullets start coming your way then they will scream and shout about "human rights" - i really have a problem with this. They deny and cry out against everything western, but i notice they all have cellphones and laptops and they do really enjoy the fruits of western civilization. Personally i think its all got to do with i want everything that the good life can provide me but am certainly not prepared to work for it and if someone is going to offer me an easy way out where i can strut around like the big cheese then that is the way to go. That is probably why they cover their faces - cowards always hide behind something or someone. I do notice that very little is being said against them by other Muslims in the Middle East and who is really bank rolling IS?
Enig Ma 2014-08-21 06:18:45 AM
Well said President! Hats off to you!
Mohamed Ameerodien 2014-08-21 06:21:58 AM
Shake shake I got no issue with u being an enemy of Islam. Thats ur choice. I advised u to shut it cause u dnt know what on earth u talking bout. Phae. Do u have reading problems? My sentance above was in English and short to the point. No where did I state or use the words support for IS. No muslim supports them. This is the first article In mainstream media that u reading about a muslim country condemning it. But the condemnations of IS has occurred by muslim leaders since they came on the scene. Naturally thats articles mainstream media will never print
Binte Maya 2014-08-21 06:22:26 AM
Couldn't have said it better... there are many Muslims who truley care just as the president does! No to extremism! No to violence!
Alan Yates 2014-08-21 06:32:06 AM
@Indola: From Fox news....:" Tell the Saudis and others that they must stop their wealthy people from supporting ISIS and radical Islam. Six months ago, this wasn’t possible. But ISIS, in its quest to establish a caliphate across North Africa and throughout the Middle East, has declared war on them, and they realize it’s their heads on the stakes next. Suddenly they’ve got skin in the game. Let them join in destroying ISIS, and give them whatever they need to do it."... Why wealthy Muslims finance IS? ... Is it because they all read the same Koran? There have been over 20,000 atrocities by Muslim Terrorists since 9/11... No easy answers ... Apart from Muslims themselves changing how their "religion" works. Separation of "Mosque" and "State" would be a good start...Equal rights for non-Muslims and women as well as freedom of dresscode and revoke its death penalty for leaving... Muslims need to drag Islam out of the 7th century and lose the inhumane dress codes and "Mo Beards"....
Mohammed Mian 2014-08-21 06:35:41 AM
There are 1.7billion Muslims worldwide & growing. Extremist are a minuscule fraction & spoiling the integrity of this mainstream global religion. We'll done Indonesia!
Binte Maya 2014-08-21 06:43:32 AM
@enig ma..Thanks.You too