Indonesia (i/ˌɪndəˈniːʒə/ IN-də-NEE-zhə or /ˌɪndoʊˈniːziə/ IN-doh-NEE-zee-ə), officially the Republic of Indonesia (Indonesian: Republik Indonesia Indonesian pronunciation: [rɛpʊblɪk ɪndɔnɛsɪa]), is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Indonesia is an archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands.It has 33 provinces with 244.775.796 people on 2012, and is the world’s fourth most populous country. Indonesia is a republic, with an elected legislature and president. The nation’s capital city is Jakarta. The country shares land borders with Papua New Guinea, East Timor, and Malaysia. Other neighboring countries include Singapore, Philippines, Australia, and the Indian territory of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia is a founding member of ASEAN and a member of the G-20 major economies. The Indonesian economy is the world’s sixteenth largest by nominal GDP and fifteenth largest by purchasing power parity.
So, why muslims should live in this country? Here are the reasons:
1. Islam is the dominant religion in Indonesia, which also has largest Muslim population in the world, with approximately 207.176.162 identified as Muslim as of 2012. With these many muslim people, you will not suffer from any discriminations. Woman wearing hijab can be seen anywhere and no one will mock or forbid you to practise your religion. These people will even encourage you to do so!
3. There are approximately 643.843 Masjid in all around the country. So, you can just take a walk for a few minutes before seeing a Masjid from another.Because of this, adzan can be heard in a loud sound, five times a day. So you can’t miss your prayer time here
4. Nearly all companies in this country won’t forbid you to do daily prayers and hajj/pilgrimage. They also will respect Ramadhan, even the government has issued a regulation for the companies to give special bonus (THR) to support your needs on Eid ul-Fitr. There are also special holidays to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr, usually up to a week. You will get a holiday too on Eid ul-Adha
5. Indonesian/Bahasa Indonesia, the widely spoken language, is one of the easiest language in the world! There are no tenses or genders words and it’s written using the normal Latin letters. Learn basic Indonesian online freely and while living in Indonesia, your speaking ability will increase automatically. Perhaps in a year or so, you can be rather fluent in Indonesian!
7. Halal food can be found everywhere in this country, from a five star restaurant to local food stall. Well, what do you expect from a majority muslim country? Indonesia also has delicious foods. Rendang and nasi goreng were named to be most delicious food in the world by CNNGo on 2011.
8. The cost of living in Indonesia is relatively small. You can live a moderate life in a big city in Indonesia only with 200 US dollar per month. For a family, perhaps 400 US dollar per month will do. If you live in small city, it will take less. So you can save your money from now before decide to move to Indonesia a couple years later.
10. Indonesia is one of the most beautiful country in the world according to United Kingdom’s leading leisure travel company website, First Choice. Indonesia has many beautiful travelling sites such as Bali which has been so famous, Raja Ampat (for diving), Lombok, Lake Toba, etc. So you will never run out a place to go on holiday!
11. Indonesia has a tropical climate, meaning it has only rainy season and summer. The day and the night take the same time, 12 hours. Eventhough it will be rather hot for the foreigners, but you will have a balance day and night time all year and no harsh winter ever come to this place. Usually we will fast for 13-14 hours on Ramadhan.
14. You can have servants to help you to do anything in affordable salary.
15. Want to know how is it to be under Sharia Law? Go to Aceh, one of Indonesia’s provinces and the only one which based on Sharia law! WIth 98% of the people of Aceh being muslim, you will have an experience to live amongst true muslim population. It is not called as “Veranda to Mecca” for nothing
Of course Indonesia is not a perfect country, but generally, it is a good place to live as a muslim. So, how’s your opinion?