Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia

Research Article

Why Closing the Mosque: Resistance of the Indonesia’s Muslim Community to the Government PPKM Policy During the Covid-19 Pandemic

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315548,
        author={Mustaqim  Pabbajah and Muh.  Darwis and Ashadi L Diab and Ratri Nurina Widyanti and Hasse  Jubba and Juhansar  Juhansar and M. Taufiq Hidayat Pabbajah and Widi Fajar Widyatmoko and Nur Quma Laila},
        title={Why Closing the Mosque: Resistance of the Indonesia’s Muslim Community to the Government PPKM Policy During the Covid-19 Pandemic},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the First International Conference on Democracy and Social Transformation, ICON-DEMOST 2021, September 15, 2021, Semarang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICON-DEMOST},
        year={2022},
        month={2},
        keywords={mosque closure; resistance; muslim community; ppkm policy; covid-19},
        doi={10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315548}
    }
    
  • Mustaqim Pabbajah
    Muh. Darwis
    Ashadi L Diab
    Ratri Nurina Widyanti
    Hasse Jubba
    Juhansar Juhansar
    M. Taufiq Hidayat Pabbajah
    Widi Fajar Widyatmoko
    Nur Quma Laila
    Year: 2022
    Why Closing the Mosque: Resistance of the Indonesia’s Muslim Community to the Government PPKM Policy During the Covid-19 Pandemic
    ICON-DEMOST
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.15-9-2021.2315548
Mustaqim Pabbajah1,*, Muh. Darwis2, Ashadi L Diab3, Ratri Nurina Widyanti4, Hasse Jubba5, Juhansar Juhansar4, M. Taufiq Hidayat Pabbajah6, Widi Fajar Widyatmoko4, Nur Quma Laila7
  • 1: Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta & IA Scholar Foundation
  • 2: Institut Agama Islam Negeri, Palopo
  • 3: Institut Agama Islam Negeri, Kendari
  • 4: Universitas Teknologi Yogyakarta
  • 5: Islamic Politics, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta & IA Scholar Foundation
  • 6: Institut Agama Islam Negeri, Parepare
  • 7: Universitas Gadjah Mada & IA Scholar Foundation, Yogyakarta
*Contact email: mustaqim_pabbajah@uty.ac.id

Abstract

The closure of mosques policy has become the most controversial issue during COVID-19 prevention in Indonesia. This government policy to prevent the massive transmission of COVID-19 has been considered ignoring some Muslim communities' religious values and religious understanding. This study explores the Indonesian Muslim community’s pros and cons perceptions during PPKM (Enforcement of Community Activity Restrictions) implementation. It employs a qualitative descriptive approach to collect data, using observation and interviews to answer the research questions in this study. The literature study was conducted to seek data analysis concepts. This condition inhibits government efforts in handling the spread of COVID-19 due to the dualism of public religious understanding, which tends to show sustenance and resistance to the implemented policy during the PPKM. Thus, an accommodative and persuasive approach involving the government, religious leaders, and community leaders is needed to handle the spread and transmission of the COVID-19 pandemic effectively.