Arrested by Densus 88, these are 5 important facts about Farid Okbah’s career journey

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NBCNEWS, The general chairman of the Indonesian People’s Da’wah Party (PDRI), Farid Okbah, was arrested by the Special Detachment 88 Anti-terror on Tuesday (16/11). The arrests were made in connection with Farid’s involvement in the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network. He is also suspected of being active in preaching in a number of religious organizations.

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Reported from various sources, NBCNEWS collected a number of important facts related to Farid Okbah’s journey.

1. MIUMI Founder

Farid Okbah is known to be involved in a number of Islamic organizations in the country. In fact, he is one of the founders of the Young Indonesian Intellectual and Ulama Council (MIUMI). In addition, he also serves as Chairman of the Management Board of the Al-Islam Foundation, which in 2005 had established an Islamic Center in Pondok Melati, Bekasi with the aim of producing da’wah cadres who have righteous faith and adequate understanding.

2. Chairman of the Shura Council

In addition to these two organizations, Farid Okbah is also known to have been the Chair of the Syuro Council of the Indonesian Islamic Da’wah Council (DDII) DKI Jakarta. Although he is no longer the chairman, the man born in Bangil is still listed as a member of the Syuro Council of the Reborn Masyumi Party, which was only established in November 2020.

3. Actively preach in a number of media

His figure who has a role in a number of Islamic organizations makes Farid also widely known as an active preacher in a number of media, including social media. The man who was born on May 5, 1963 has also released a number of his works in the form of books and Islamic studies, such as Preparing the Strength of Muslims, Form Zero to Hero, and Finding Lost Life.

4. Founder of PDRI

In addition to establishing a number of organizations and being involved in the leadership of several Islamic organizations, Farid Okbah is also known as one of the founders of the Indonesian People’s Da’wah Party (PDRI). He founded the Islamic party along with a number of other Islamic activists ranging from Cholil Ridwan, Masri Sitanggang, Taufik Hidayat, to the late. KH. Abdurasyid Abdullah Syafi’i.

5. Take training in Afghanistan until arrested by Densus 88

On Tuesday (16/11), Densus 88 arrested Farid Okbah in Bekasi, West Java. Densus 88 believes that the alleged perpetrator is involved in a terrorist network. Faid is suspected of being part of the Shura Council of the JI terrorist organization. In addition, he is also a member of the Sharia board of the Abdurrahman Bin Auf Mall Amil Zakat Agency (LAZ BM ABA) which is a charitable foundation funded by Jamaah Islamiyah. In addition, it turned out that Farid Okbah had also attended JI cadres in Bekasi and had time to establish communication with JI and even went to Afghanistan.

Apart from arresting Farid Okbah, Densus 88 also arrested Zain An-Najah and Anung Al-Hamat for their involvement in the Jemaah Islamiyah terrorist network group. []

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