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Man wins rare victory against mosque

2013-02-25 17:41

Banda Aceh - An elderly Indonesian said on Monday he had won a rare victory against a noisy mosque, despite being forced to withdraw legal action after an angry mob threatened to kill him.

Complaints against the loud speakers issuing the call to prayer have been met with extreme opposition in Indonesia, the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation that is home to about 800 000 mosques.

And when Sayed Hasan, 75, filed a lawsuit in December in the city of Banda Aceh, in which he complained of being disturbed by lengthy recordings of Qur’anic verses, it was met with strong protests from the community.

But Hasan, a Muslim, said despite being taken to see the deputy mayor and Muslim leaders, and then being escorted to the court where he was forced to withdraw his legal suit, he had ultimately won a rare victory.

"I was forced to withdraw my lawsuit as an angry mob threatened to kill me," he said.

"But after I dropped my case, the volume was significantly turned down by about half."

A local Muslim leader said the imam had decided to reduce the noise.

City dwellers in Indonesia are often woken up before dawn by intermingling calls to prayer from three or four nearby mosques.

Many also blare Qur’anic verses or broadcast day-long events through loudspeakers.

Ninety percent of Indonesia's 240 million citizens are Muslim.

While most practise a moderate form, Aceh province has implemented Sharia law, which is enforced by special Islamic police.

Comments
  • avremel.niselow - 2013-02-25 18:04

    Wonderful reaction to criticism, force him to retract his case. Really peaceful!

      Gcodi Matshona - 2013-02-26 07:18

      in israel ,the zionist criminals throw you in jail,and then force you to hang yourself

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 07:33

      Firstly, that is hardly relevant, your attempted deflection is incredibly weak and transparent. Pathetic, guys.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 08:24

      @Avermel - so you do agree that they behave the same way as these guys; in that case it is relevant. What do you mean by transparent? are trying to insinuate 'something', or have I touched a nerve?

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 09:10

      Joe, I am merely pointing out that as soon as you are faced with criticism, your immediate response is to bring a totally irrelevant case from the other side of the world to defend it, hence the deflection. This was obvious from my previous comment.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 10:13

      @avremel - where do you come from... I'm not faced with any criticism; I am merely stating that there are more than one group that behaves the same way as these guys in Indonesia; why are you making such a big deal about it. we have similar groups in SA that behave like neo nazis... and I don't think it's irrelevant; I think it's a great example. it's my opinion. Unless you can disprove my theory...

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 10:17

      Your support for Islam has been shown many times, this when faced with criticism of it you instantly feel the need to criticise an unrelated incident, this is the essence of deflection.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 11:01

      @evremel - the issue is not whether I support Islam; the issue is that you don't like my comments about Israel and Zionism. I make comments based on Islam based on my understanding; as I find that since 9/11 everyone is against Islam; it is more the tone used against islam. I will stand up against anyone that makes derogatory comments against Judaism, which is one of my favourite religions as well. I make my comments which are based on insult for insult. Look at your initial comment; is breeds sarcasm. If I offended you in anyway, I apologise, as for my comments, it stands.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 12:15

      The issue is your debating tactics: deflection and allegations of racism.

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 12:42

      @evremel - you are a fine one to criticise me. I have read your comments on other posts, including this one. You find nothing wrong with your statements; the sarcastic undertones, insults etc, on this comment and the others... and yet you find my comments or rather my style of debating questionable. My brother, I have news for you. This was not a debate. A debate is when you raise an issue; I raise an issue; you have a opportunity for a rebuttal and then I have an opportunity for a rebuttal - these elements were not present in this case.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 13:00

      You seem to have a problem with sarcasm, why is that?

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 16:15

      You seem to know all the answers, why don't you tell me

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 16:20

      you guys cannot take criticism - you have posts deleted... savages

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 16:21

      yes they behave just like the Israelis

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 16:41

      How is it my problem that your post was deleted? Ps, I did not report it. If you have a problem take it up with News24.

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 16:41

      Now I'm a savage for criticizing Indonesians?

  • glyn.morgan.96 - 2013-02-25 19:17

    Religions must conform to normal laws.

  • Willie Olivier - 2013-02-26 07:14

    Thank God I live in a civilized, democratic country!

      joe.mase.7 - 2013-02-26 08:26

      You mean where rape, murder etc is the order of the day... where do you live, I would like to move there... pray tell.

  • Gcodi Matshona - 2013-02-26 08:07

    @avremel,wonderful reaction to criticism !!!!!!

      avremel.niselow - 2013-02-26 08:23

      Yes your reaction was wonderful: poor attempt at deflection! lol

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