Jakarta Governor Ahok at his blasphemy trial in January. (Antara Photo/Dharma Wijayanto)
Iranian Ulema in Australia Wants to Defend Ahok in His Blasphemy Trial
BY :HERU ANDRIYANTO & EKO PRASETYO
FEBRUARY 23, 2017
Jakarta. An Iranian ulema who lives in Australia has caused a storm on Indonesian social media with his staunch defense of Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama, currently standing trial on blasphemy charges.
In a series of tweets, Shaikh M. Tawhidi, challenged Ahok’s detractors, including hardline Islamic Defenders Front, or FPI, to a debate on the interpretation of Al Maidah 51, a verse from the Koran quoted by Ahok in his now infamous speech that triggered the blasphemy allegations.
I personally know Gov. Ahok and i can safely say he is more of a man of God than any Muslim opposition rioting outside his office. https://t.co/eD6EVJOs1P
— Shaikh M. Tawhidi (@Imamofpeace) February 15, 2017
The governor is now back in his job while waiting for the second round of the Jakarta gubernatorial election on April 19, where he will face former education minister Anies Baswedan.