Indonesia: What is Ulil's Sin Against Islam And The
Muslims That He Deserved To Be Killed?
08 April 2011
By Al-Ikhwah Al-Mujahidun
Ulil Abshar Abdalla, a prominent
figure of the Liberal Islam Network (JIL) was sent a
package of book containing a bomb, Tuesday (15/3/2011)
at KBR 68 H, Utan Kayu, East Jakarta . The book
containing the bomb was entitled "They Must Be killed!
Because Of Their Sins Against Islam and The Muslims (–
trans.)". What is Ulil's sin against Islam and the
Muslims that he has to be killed?
Ulil's Sins Against Islam and The
It is not strange if Ulil, a prominent figure of the
JIL became the target of assassination. The track
record of this man who was born in Pati, Central Java,
on 11th January 1967, is already known as
"anti-Islamic Shari'ah". On 18th November 2002, Ulil
wrote an article in the public's daily, the Kompas,
entitled "Refreshing The Understanding of Islam (–
transl.)" which reaped the death fatwa from the Forum
Ulama Umat Indonesia (FUUI).
In that horrendous article, Ulil tampered with Islam
as sadistically as he could, which of course, became
Ulil's most severe and never forgotten sin against
Islam and the Muslims. In that article Ulil insulted
the Islamic Shari'ah, and considered it as only an
"The aspects of Islam which are a reflection of Arab
culture, for example, need not be followed. For
example, the issue of jilbab, amputation of hands,
qisas, stoning, beard, robe, need not be followed,
because those are only the particular expression of
local Islam in the Arab."
Ulil does not believe in the Islamic Shari'ah or what
he called as the law of God.
"I think, there is no such thing as "the law of God"
in the sense as most Muslim people understand. For
example, the law of God on theft, transaction,
marriage, governance, etc. What's there are the
general principles which are universal, which in the
tradition of classical Islamic law study, is called
maqasidush shari'ah, or general-purpose of Islamic
Furthermore, Ulil also insulted the noblest human
being in Islam, Prophet Muhammad SAW and considered
him as having many flaws.
"How to place the position of Rasul Muhammad SAW in
the context of this kind of thinking? I think, Rasul
Muhammad SAW is a historical figure who should be
assessed critically, (thus he is not only a myth that
is admired, without looking at his aspects as a human
who also has many flaws), and at the same time as a
role model to be followed (qudwah hasanah)."
Ulil even acknowledges all religions as true,
intermixing and saying that the truth of Islam can be
found in the philosophies of Marxism.
"I even see further: each value of goodness, where
ever its place, in truth is also an Islamic value.
Islam-as once presented by Cak Nur and a number of
other thinkers-is a "generic values" that can exist in
Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Konghucu, Judaism,
Taoism, local religions and beliefs, etc. It could be
that the truth of "Islam" can exist in the philosophy
From Ulil's article in 2002 which was featured in
Kompas alone, the sins of Ulil against Islam and the
Muslims are deemed as unforgivable. Unfortunately,
Ulil did not stop insulting Islam and the Muslims.
In 2005, he wrote a letter from Boston which again and
again was insulting Islam and creating controversy.
Ulil said in the letter that what's wrong today are
not only the Islamic ummah, but also Islam itself.
"I think, indeed there is something wrong at this
time, not on Muslims, but on Islam itself. If this is
not admitted, then the "culture of death" (I don't
want to call it "martyrdom") such as that exploded in
Bali, would be constantly colouring Islam, in the
future. Only when the Muslims realize the mistake, and
acknowledge it as a kind of disease, that they will
immediately rush to the doctors, and seek treatment.
The "Politics of denial", to continuously refuse while
saying that "This is not Islam, it is an action of a
sole individual," only lengthens the life of the
disease, will make it increasingly chronic, and
undermine Islam itself. That culture is just a
parasite that must be cut off."
The Sins Of Ulil and JIL Reaping
Adzab & Disasters
Those sins of Ulil specifically and the JIL generally,
against Islam and the Muslims could be the reason why
he was sent a package of book containing a bomb. This
could be seen from the title of the book "They Must Be
killed! Because Of Their Sins Against Islam and The
Muslims" sent by someone named Drs. Sulaiman Azhar, Lc.
And claiming to be from Ciomas, Bogor.
In the letter, the sender explained that the theme of
his book is "A list of names and the sins of the
Indonesian figures who deserved to killed". In the 412
pages book, it could be ascertained that the name Ulil
was in the list regardless of what sequent number it
is on and whether the book has really been written and
The name of Ulil in the book entitled "50 Prominent
Figures Of Liberal Islam In Indonesia" written by Budi
Handrianto and published by the Hujjah Press, was
ranked number 48 and placed in the category of "The
Successors Of The Struggle" of the JIL in Indonesia.
Ranked in number 49, was the name Zuhairi Misrawi,
which uniquely was also nearly killed because of his
work in the JIL. The same goes with Masdar F Mas'udi
(ranked number 19 and included in the category of the
JIL Seniors). The following is the chronology of the
event as contained in the book "Disbelief Thinking Of
The Paramadina Sect", (Wihdah Press, 2004, pg. 146).
Mid February 2004, the Muslim public of Egypt and
Indonesia were in hullabaloo with the threat of murder
against Masdar F Mas'udi and Zuhairi Misrawi by Limra
Zainuddin, the President of the Indonesian Student
Union in Egypt (PPMI).
Masdar F Mas'udi, Director of the Pesantrens (Islamic
Boarding Schools) and Society Development Association
(P3M), on Friday afternoon in February 2004 was in
Hotel Sonesta, Cairo. He was there because of a
thanksgiving ceremony entitled "Education and Bahtsul
Masa'il (Discussion of Issues) on Emancipatory Islam".
This event was held at the five star hotel, from
Saturday to Monday. The activity was jointly organized
by the P3M, Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Syuriyah Managing
Committee, and the local student organization,
"Discussion Of Breakthrough Strategy". The
participants were made up of approximately 75
Indonesian students in Egypt representing a number of
connexions. Egyptian thinkers, Prof. Dr. Hassan Hanafi
and Dr. Youhanna Qaltah, were scheduled as speakers.
That afternoon, Limra went to the hotel to oppose the
event. After seeing the hotel manager, he met the
committees from the representatives of Indonesian
students in Cairo. Limra spoke of the reasons for
disapproving the event, because the thinkings of
Zuhairi was considered as disturbing the public mind.
"Zuhairi's statement that says solat is not
obligatory. And the issues of Muslims marrying mushrik
women," Limra said. "As well as Masdar's view on
hajj," Limra added. Only a few minutes after Limra was
at the hotel lobby, Masdar appeared along with several
Limra submitted copies of the letter of objection from
the PPMI to Masdar. The letter dated 5th February 2004
asked the Ambassador of Indonesia to Egypt to quash
the event to be held by Zuhairi Misrawi as the
coordinator of the P3M Emancipatory Islam Program. The
rejection, he said, was based on the aspiration of the
Indonesian students in Egypt. The end of the letter
from PPMI implied a threat. "You can already read what
would happen, if Zuhairi's event is still going to be
Responding to the issue, Masdar tried to cool the
atmosphere by offering dialogue. Limra refused, for
the reason that it was only a waste of time. He
assessed Masdar's view on the violation of the time of
Hajj as having pried up the aqeedah. "It was just a
thinking. You don't have to follow it," Masdar said,
arguing. "You just can't," Limra said in a raised
voice. "I am tired of taking care of problems like
this, it has made my own program neglected. Since the
'eid, I have been angry. And now I am still angry."
Masdar then challenged, "Supposing this event is still
going to be held, what will happen?" Limra responded
to it by hurling the threat to kill Masdar. Masdar
then taunted Limra, "Can you make me the threat letter
saying that I will be killed?" And Limra eluded, "I
can only pass on it orally, I have many things to do."
Masdar again asked, "So, there is totally no way out?"
Limra was fuming. He was breathing heavily. His right
hand took the ashtray on the table, and then pointed
it to the face of Masdar. "Should I kill you now?"
In other texts (the threat was quoted in the
chronology documents made by the committee team
circulated in the mailing list of the students of Al-Azhar
University, Egypt), Limra among others mentioned: "I
will kill you or Zuhairi. If it's not you who's going
to be dead, or Zuhairi, then I'll be the one who's
going to die. The choice is either my dead body or
your or Zuhairi's dead body. If you still insist, I
will personally kill you."
A similar incident had also happened on a liberal
figure from Egypt, Dr. Faraj Faudah (1945-1993). Dr.
Faraj Faudah was killed after the "big debate"
incident between the secular camp in Egypt and the
Islamic camp, in 1992. Dr. Faraj Faudah was killed six
months after the debate, i.e. in April 1993, in Egypt.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Ghazali, who was the "debate
opponent" of Faudah was brought in as an expert
witness in the trial for the killing of the secular
prominent figure. Al-Ghazali's testimony was then
talked about a lot in the mass media of Egypt, there
were both the pro and cons. This was because,
apparently in the court, Al-Ghazali stated
unequivocally that the people who claim to be Muslims
but publicly refused the implementation of Islamic
Shari'ah and invited to replace the Shari'ah of Allah
with the shari'ah of thaghut, then those people have
already been out of the religion of Islam alias murtad.
Sheikh Umar Bakri Muhammad in an article in Shari'ah
Magazine entitled "The Secularist's Attack on Islam
and Muslim" revealed that there are Muslims who
propagandize non-Islamic ideas. The evil attitudes and
deeds of those people have already been uncountable,
in fact they are the most dangerous threat for the
existence of the Muslims and the re-emergence of the
Khilafah, because they are the unseen "threat" (munafiq).
Abdurrahman Al Maliki in "Nidzomul Uqubat fil Islam",
included the activities of disseminating kufr ideology
into the sanction which is of the ta'zir type, namely
the sanction that is imposed on the immoral acts in
which there is no Had and Kifarat.
"Anyone who does the activities of disseminating the
kufr ideology, or Kufr thoughts, he will be liable to
imprisonment starting from 2 years to 10 years. This
is if the person is not a Muslim. If the perpetrator
was a Muslim, then on him will be assigned the penalty
for murtad, i.e. death penalty. And anyone who does
the spreading of the kufr religion in the midst of the
Muslims, then he will be given the same sanction."
"Any writing or calling containing insult against one
article from the aqeedah of the Muslims, then the
perpetrator will be liable to imprisonment starting
from 5 years to 15 years, if the perpetrator was not a
Muslim or his insult cannot be said as making the
speaker kafir. However, if the perpetrator was a
Muslim and if the insult could be said as making the
speaker kafir, then he will be given the sanction for
murtad (death penalty)."
Wallahu'alam bis sowab!
Original article by: M. Fachry International Jihad