DEPOK, Indonesia (RNS) — With more deaths from COVID-19 than any Asian country outside China, Indonesia’s Council of Ulema proclaimed a fatwa calling on Muslims not to gather at mosques for Friday prayers during Islam’s holiest time.
BAHTIM, Egypt (AP) — As Ramadan begins later this week, Muslims around the world are trying to maintain the cherished rituals of Islam's holiest month without further spreading the outbreak.
(RNS) — By making these men cardinals, the pope is handing them megaphones.
WONOTIRTO, Indonesia (RNS) — In this small village in Central Java, the end of Ramadan is an auspicious time to honor one's ancestors in a festival called Haul. The celebration is a mix of Islam, Hindu and animist traditions.
(RNS) — On Gili Trawangan in Indonesia's Nusa Tenggara Barat Province, year-rounders accommodate the several thousand tourists that flood the island every day out of necessity, while sticking to their religious lifestyle.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A polarizing Christian politician whose campaign comments ignited the largest protests in years in Muslim-majority Indonesia was freed Thursday after serving nearly two years in prison for blasphemy.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) — With Indonesia just months away from national elections, many believe recent rallies were focused more on domestic politics than on genuine support for the Uighurs.
(The Conversation) — In an increasingly pluralist, multicultural West, blasphemy laws find fresh purpose in policing intolerance between religious communities.
(The Conversation) — The survival of two historic mosques after the Indonesian tsunami has started a discussion about the very nature of Islam.
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The national disaster agency said the confirmed death toll from last Friday's magnitude 7.5 earthquake increased slightly to 1,571.
(RNS) — Pancasila, a set of founding principles including 'belief in the the One and Only God,' has historically demanded respect for the country's six formally recognized faiths.
JAKARTA, Indonesia (RNS) — The new law has bolstered support for President Joko Widodo, a moderate Muslim, but some groups say it gives too much power to the state.
SURABAYA, Indonesia (AP) — At least seven people plus the six family members, who included girls aged 9 and 12, died in the attacks Sunday (May 13) in Surabaya.
PULAU SUMBA, Indonesia (RNS) — On the island of Sumba, in central Indonesia, a ritual war game known as Pasola is celebrated annually between villages, and it draws large crowds of all ages.
BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Aside from no Facebook, Instagram or instant messaging apps, television and radio broadcasts cease and Balinese stay indoors, covering the windows and not even turning on a light, for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism.