Al-Mukmin Islamic school

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The Al-Mukmin Islamic boarding school also known as Pesantren Al-Mukmin and Pondok Ngruki, is a pesantren ('Islamic boarding school') located in Ngruki, a suburb in the city of Surakarta, Central Java, Indonesia. It was founded 1972 by the alleged 'spiritual head' of Jemaah Islamiah, Abu Bakar Bashir, and by Abdullah Sungkar. Al-Mukmin's activities were initially limited to religious discussion after dhuhr (midday prayer). Following increasing interest, the founders expanded Al-Mukmin into a madrasah ('Islamic school') and then into a pesantren. It currently houses over 2000 students aged between 12 and 18.[1][2]

A number of people linked to the school have been implicated in a series of Sunni Islamist terrorist attacks; the International Crisis Group has described the school as an "Ivy League" for Jemaah Islamiah recruits.[3] Pictures of AK47s are hung in hallways, and a sign above a classroom reads:[4]

"Death in the way of Allah is our highest aspiration."

"Live as a noble man or die as a martyr."

Alumni[edit]

Teachers at the school have included:

Among the school's graduates are:[3]

Connected to the 2002 Bali bombing which killed 202 people.

  • Amrozi bin Nurhasyim - Convicted and sentenced to death.[9]
  • Ali Ghufron alias "Muklas"-[9]
  • Ali Imron -[9]
  • Joni Hendrawan aka "Idris", "project manager" [10]
  • Fadlullah Hasan. - Gold that was stolen from a bank and converted to cash was deposited in Hasan's bank account, before being used to finance the Bali attack.
  • Fathur Rahman al-Ghozi, - who was killed in Mindanao, Philippines. He was convicted in the December 2000 bombing of a Manila commuter train in which 22 people were murdered.[1][5]
  • Zulkarnaen - led an elite militant squad, whose members were recruited from hundreds of Indonesians who trained in Afghanistan and the Philippines.[11]
  • Abdul Rauf also known as "Sam bin Jahruddin". Bali bombings suspect, member of JI cell with Imam Samudra. Attended Pondok Ngruki from 1992 to 1997. Reportedly helped make the Bali bombs.[12] Reported as killed, fighting in Syria. [13]
  • Aris Munandar, - alleged to be a JI fundraiser and who is still at large.

Connected to the 2003 Marriott Hotel bombing which killed 12 people and wounded 150 plus.

Connected to the 2009 Jakarta bombings was;

  • Nur Hasbi- Graduated with, and was a friend of Asmar Latin Sani.[14] He was one of the suicide bombers in the 2009 Marriott hotel attack.[15]

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