Abdul Somad

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Abdul Somad
عَبْدُ الصَّمَد بَاتُوبَارَا
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Abdul Somad speaking at a school event in Pekanbaru, March 2018
BornAbdul Somad Batubara
(1977-05-18) May 18, 1977 (age 43)
Home townPekanbaru, Riau, Indonesia
EraModern era
Alma materAl-Azhar University, Egypt
Dar al-Hadith al-Hasaniyyah,[1] Morocco
Omdurman Islamic University, Sudan[2]
OccupationDa'i, hadith scholar, lecturer[1]
Muslim leader

Abdul Somad Batubara (Arabic: عَبْدُ الصَّمَد بَاتُوبَارَا‎, romanizedAbduṣ-Ṣamad Bātūbārā, born May 18, 1977) is an Indonesian Islamic preacher and scholar from Asahan, North Sumatra. His dawah and lectures are characterized by unique rhetoric and humor that attract layman as well, and often broadcast through the YouTube channel and other social media.[3][4] He is currently also serving as a lecturer at the Sultan Syarif Kasim II State Islamic University (UIN Suska) in Riau.[5][6] In addition to his lecture, he has authored books, among them are translations of Arabic publications, and religious guides regarding individual subjects such as qurbani and salah.[7][8]


His style of lecture is considered less suited for large-scale and national level events, but more for small-scale lectures inside the local mosques. It is considered that the proliferation of his lectures through the Internet due to the popularization of social media has led to his national recognition.[9][10]


In an October 2017 video posted on the Islamic-oriented YouTube channel Fodamara TV, Abdul Somad attracted controversy for stating that Muslims who shop or buy at coffee shops owned by Starbucks would go to hell due to the company's pro-LGBT policies. The video went viral in March 2018 with many online mocking the preacher for being hypocritical, noting that many of the platforms that Somad uses to spread his message such as YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter have similar pro-LGBT policies to Starbucks.[11]

In 2019, Somad was reported to police for delivering a speech in which he denounced the crucifix, and stated that any Muslim dying in an hospital with crucifixes would be sent to Hell because the crucifix contained a jinn, a supernatural creature believed to exist by pre-Islamic Arabian tribes and Muslims.[12]


  1. ^ a b c "Dosen Fakultas Ushuluddin - Universitas Islam Negeri Sultan Syarif Kasim Riau (Faculty Usuluddin Lectorer - Sultan Syarif Kasim Islamic State University)" (in Indonesian). Sultan Syarif Kasim Islamic State University. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  2. ^ https://news.detik.com/berita/d-4834930/uas-raih-gelar-doktor-dengan-predikat-cum-laude-di-sudan
  3. ^ Abdurrahman, Muhammad Sufyan. "Mengenal Dakwah Digital syekh Abdul Somad Pekanbaru". detiknews. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  4. ^ "Syekh Abdul Somad dan Media Sosial dalam Dakwah - dakwatuna.com". dakwatuna.com (in Indonesian). 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  5. ^ "Ulama Dibidik; Giliran Ustadz Abdul Somad Lc Akan Dipolisikan Karena Ceramah Ini... - Ngelmu". www.ngelmu.id. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  6. ^ "Syekh Abdul Somad, Ternyata Seperti Inilah Aslinya!". DOFOLLOW BLOGGER ID (in Indonesian). 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-09-13.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Buku Ustadz Kita » 33 Tanya Jawab Seputar Qurban • www.tbtafaqquh.com". tbtafaqquh.com (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2019-02-20. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  8. ^ "Buku Ustadz Kita » 99 Tanya Jawab Seputar Shalat - Ustadz Abdul Somad, Lc. MA • www.tbtafaqquh.com". tbtafaqquh.com (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 2019-02-16. Retrieved 2017-09-13.
  9. ^ Mengaku Tolak Undangan Presiden Jokowi, ini 7 Fakta Ustadz Abdul Somad yang Diungkap Jonru. Tribun Timur. Retrieved November 14, 2017
  10. ^ Mengenal Dakwah Digital Ustadz Abdul Somad Pekanbaru. detiknews. Retrieved November 14, 2017
  11. ^ "Muslims buying from Starbucks will go to hell, says popular preacher". The Jakarta Post. 28 April 2018. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  12. ^ https://coconuts.co/jakarta/news/celebrity-islamic-preacher-abdul-somad-reported-to-police-for-saying-crosses-contain-infidel-genies/