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June 7, 2024

Jakarta Globe - June 7, 2024

Novie Fauziah, Jakarta – An Indonesian influencer has reportedly been detained by Saudi Arabian authorities for allegedly selling illegal Hajj packages to pilgrims using visit visas to

April 9, 2024

Tempo - April 9, 2024

Jakarta – The Ministry of Religious Affairs ban on backpacker umrah, or people making the minor pilgrimage to Mecca independently, is an excessive interference in the private religious

April 1, 2024

Reuters - April 1, 2024

Jakarta – Bima Abdul Sholeh, 32, sat calmly as a doctor armed with a laser pointer zapped tattoos from his face at an event in Jakarta being held by a charity organization during the ho

March 30, 2024

Jakarta Post Editorial - March 30, 2024

Jakarta – After 53 years, Christians in Indonesia can finally celebrate Good Friday consistent with their theology.

March 15, 2024

Jakarta Post Editorial - March 15, 2024

Jakarta – Beyond exercising restraint over their survival instincts by foregoing eating and drinking for the daylight hours for a month, Indonesian Muslims will face an extra challenge

March 13, 2024

Tempo - March 13, 2024

Hendrik Yaputra, Jakarta – Indonesian Religious Affairs Ministry spokesperson, Anna Hasbie, clarified that the ministry has never imposed any prohibition on the use of loudspeakers in m

March 6, 2024

Jakarta Globe - March 6, 2024

Antara, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas said Wednesday he is anticipating varying dates for the start of Ramadan between the official government stipulation and

February 11, 2024

Asia News - February 11, 2024

Mathias Hariyadi, Jakarta – On the eve of the presidential and parliamentary vote in Indonesia – the most populous Muslim nation in the world – in a climate marked by protests over the

January 9, 2024

Jakarta Globe - January 9, 2024

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jeddah – Indonesia, home to the world's largest Muslim population, is set to send a record-breaking 241,000 hajj pilgrims to Mecca for the 2024 hajj season.

December 6, 2023

Tempo - December 6, 2023

Tika Ayu, Jakarta – Presidential candidate Anies Baswedan promised on Tuesday, Dec. 5, to increase the hajj quota by 20,000-30,000 if he wins the 2024 election.

November 28, 2023

Tempo - November 28, 2023

Sultan Abdurrahman, Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian government and the House of Representatives' (DPR) Commission VIII have reached an agreement to increase the cost o

Tempo - November 28, 2023

Adinda Jasmine Prasetyo, Jakarta – The Indonesian government officially set the Hajj quota for 2024 to 241,000 pilgrims; a 20,000 increase from the previous year.

November 18, 2023

Jakarta Globe - November 18, 2023

Agnes Valentina Christa, Jakarta – Following a recent meeting between President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al-Saud, Indonesia has been allowe

September 12, 2023

Jakarta Globe - September 12, 2023

Cindy Layan, Jakarta – The Indonesian government will revise the nomenclature used in national holidays commemorating key events in the life of Jesus Christ by replacing the current nam

August 29, 2023

Jakarta Globe - August 29, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas told reporters on Tuesday that the government was still reviewing its plan to allow Indonesian Muslims to ta

August 27, 2023

Jakarta Globe - August 27, 2023

Jakarta – The Indonesian government on Sunday urged Muslims to undertake the hajj pilgrimage only once in their lifetime due to the endless queue.

July 18, 2023

Tempo - July 18, 2023

Adi Warsono, Bekasi – The Bekasi Regency Government banned the operation of night entertainment venues ahead of the Islamic New Year 1445 Hijri that falls on Wednesday, July 19, 2023.

July 2, 2023

Jakarta Globe - July 2, 2023

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Mina – At least 50 Indonesian pilgrims have died in the Saudi city of Mina while performing the Hajj pilgrimage since June 28, a Religious Affairs Ministry offici

June 6, 2023

Agence-France Presse - June 6, 2023

Surabaya, East Java – Thousands of Hindu worshippers scaled an active East Java volcano on Monday to toss livestock, food and other offerings into its smoking crater in a centuries-old

Tempo - June 6, 2023

Antara, Jakarta – The Religious Affairs Ministry's Hajj pilgrimage organizing committee (PPIH) has appealed to Hajj pilgrims to not take too many selfies in front of the Kaaba.

May 31, 2023

Tempo - May 31, 2023

Maria Arimbi Haryas P., Magelang – The 32 monks from Thailand who walked thousands of kilometers to Indonesia in part of the Thudong ritual has arrived at the Liong Hok Bio temple, acco

May 25, 2023

Jakarta Globe - May 25, 2023

Whisnu Bagus Prasetyo, Jakarta – Indonesia is sending 229,000 pilgrims to perform the hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Mecca this year.

April 19, 2023

Jakarta Globe - April 19, 2023

Stevani Wijaya, Jakarta – Religious Affairs Minister Yaqut Cholil Qoumas urged local governments to facilitate Eid mass prayer among Muhammadiyah followers scheduled for Friday, which p

April 8, 2023

Jakarta Post Editorial - April 8, 2023

Jakarta – Few would doubt, even among Christians, that Easter is less merry compared with Christmas.

March 30, 2023

Channel News Asia - March 30, 2023

Saifulbahri Ismail and Darrelle Ng, Jakarta – Muslims in Indonesia are observing the holy month of Ramadan with mass prayers and traditional activities, following the full lifting of CO

March 28, 2023

Jakarta Globe - March 28, 2023

BeritaSatu, Jakarta – The police have arrested a married couple who founded the Naila Syafaah Wisata Mandiri, the umrah agency that scammed hundreds of Indonesian pilgrims with some eve

Jakarta Post - March 28, 2023

Endy Bayuni, Jakarta – We are only in the first few days of Ramadan and already many Muslims in Indonesia may have failed the test when they joined the chorus on social media condemning

March 27, 2023

Jakarta Globe - March 27, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Monday instructed his officials to redesign the group iftar budget to help the poor, as questionably wealthy civil servan

March 25, 2023

Jakarta Post - March 25, 2023

Yerica Lai, Jakarta – Government officials have clarified and defended a presidential ban on iftar, breaking-of-the-fast, gatherings for civil servants during the holy month of Ramadan

March 24, 2023

Jakarta Globe - March 24, 2023

Jayanty Nada Shofa, Jakarta – Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung recently clarified that the ban on iftar gatherings only applied to government officials, meaning that the public is free t

Straits Times - March 24, 2023

Hariz Baharudin and Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja, Jakarta – Indonesia has disallowed gatherings by civil servants for the breaking of fast during the fasting month of Ramadan, a move that has

Jakarta Post Editorial - March 24, 2023

Jakarta – Indonesian Muslims began on Thursday the holy month of Ramadan, during which followers of the faith are obliged to refrain from gratifying their base desires from dusk until d

Tempo - March 24, 2023

M Julnis Firmansyah, Jakarta – The Indonesian Ulema Council or MUI chairman Cholil Nafis suggested President Joko Jokowi Widodo should remove the ban on the breaking-of-the-fast gatheri

Tempo - March 24, 2023

Antara, Bogor – The Bogor City Government issued a circular prohibiting night entertainment spots from operating during Ramadan 1444 Hijri to maintain security and convenience for Musli

March 22, 2023

Jakarta Globe - March 22, 2023

Muhammad Aulia, Jakarta – The government and major Muslim organizations reached a general agreement that the fasting month of Ramadan will begin on Thursday, but the Indonesian Ulema Co

Jakarta Post - March 22, 2023

Bali – No Internet. No shopping. And no flights.

Associated Press - March 22, 2023

Niniek Karmini, Jakarta – Millions of Muslims in Indonesia are gearing up to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on Thursday, with traditions and ceremonies

The Guardian - March 22, 2023

Tamara Davison – Bali's typical soundtrack of construction sites and car horns has been replaced for 24 hours with birdsong and the lapping of waves as the island celebrates its annual

February 25, 2023

Jakarta Post Editorial - February 25, 2023

Jakarta – The government and House of Representatives have settled on the fee hike for Indonesians performing the haj this year.

February 22, 2023

Tempo - February 22, 2023

Pribadi Wicaksono (Contributor), Yogyakarta – The Yogyakarta Regional Office of the Religious Affairs Ministry (Kanwil Kemenag) assessed that the waiting time for the hajj pilgrimage in

February 20, 2023

Tempo - February 20, 2023

Bisnis.Com, Jakarta – The Miss Universe 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel of the United States and delegations arrived in Bali and were scheduled to carry out a number of activities, such as photos

February 16, 2023

Jakarta Post - February 16, 2023

Fikri Harish, Jakarta – Despite plans to announce the new haj cost on Monday, discussions between the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing religious affairs and officials

January 31, 2023

Jakarta Globe - January 31, 2023

Beritasatu, Jakarta – The government's recent proposal of doubling the 2023 hajj costs has sparked concerns among pilgrims, some even willing to give up on their dreams if the price hik

January 24, 2023

Jakarta Post - January 24, 2023

Jakarta – President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has said the government has not yet settled on the haj fee for Indonesian pilgrims this year.

January 21, 2023

Tempo - January 21, 2023

Riri Rahayu L Imaji Lasahido, Jakarta – Head of the National Commission on Hajj and Umrah Mustolih Siradj, asserted that the increase in the costs of hajj pilgrimage was for the benefit

July 9, 2022

Jakarta Post Editorial - July 9, 2022

Jakarta – This weekend Muslims in Indonesia, and around the world, celebrate their first Idul Adha (Day of Sacrifice) of the post-COVID19 pandemic era, thankfully facing much fewer soci

Reuters - July 9, 2022

Jakarta – For teachers Sutrisno and Sri Wahyuningsih, embarking on the once in a lifetime haj pilgrimage stirs bittersweet emotions.

May 7, 2022

UCA News - May 7, 2022

Katharina Reny Lestari – More than 1,600 Indonesia Catholics from 70 countries will participate in the first virtual Easter celebration to be organized by five Catholic groups.

April 23, 2022

Tempo - April 23, 2022

Antara, Jakarta – The Minister of Home Affairs issued a circular on Covid-19 cases prevention during the 2022 Eid gathering.

April 3, 2022

Reuters - April 3, 2022

Jakarta – Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, welcomed the start of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with a mass prayer at Jakarta's Istiqlal mosque on Saturday, wit