Muslim leaders in Indonesia ask man to change ‘inappropriate' name

Published: August 27, 2015
Muslim scholars ask man to change his name to avoid an interpretation that could lead to idolatry PHOTO: TEMPO.CO

Muslim scholars ask man to change his name to avoid an interpretation that could lead to idolatry PHOTO: TEMPO.CO

Muslim leaders in Indonesia have reportedly demanded that a man whose first name means ‘God’ should change his name as it is considered inappropriate and ‘unseemly’.

Tuhan Banyuwangi, 42, whose first name means ‘God’, has been asked by the Indonesian Council of Muslim Scholars (ICMS) to either change his name completely or add the prefix “Abdu,” which would change his name’s meaning from “God” to “Servant of God”.

Read: What’s in a name?

“We suggest the name change to avoid an interpretation that could lead to idolatry,” Abdussomad Bukhori, the chief of the local Muslim scholars group said. “Besides, the name Tuhan is unseemly from a religious point of view.”

Banyuwangi reportedly responded that he was unaware of the reason why his parents named him Tuhan and claimed his parents were dead. He also expressed confusion as to why his name had given rise to such a huge controversy.

Further, the ICMS appealed to the government to revoke Banyuwangi’s identity card until he agrees to change his name, which would stop him from receiving social services. As of now, it is unclear whether the card will be revoked.

This article originally appeared on The Blaze

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Reader Comments (8)

  • James
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:09PM

    waiting for the much awaited and most useless liberal outrage.Recommend

  • Ehsan
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:16PM

    and what about ALLAH Bakhsh, here first name is also ALLAH .Recommend

  • Raju
    Aug 27, 2015 - 4:21PM

    Crazy MullahsRecommend

  • Shan
    Aug 27, 2015 - 6:06PM

    God doesn’t have a patent on the name. What’s in a name anyway? Recommend

  • Khalid
    Aug 27, 2015 - 7:45PM

    Outrage from fanatics is useful? Maybe you might want to lookup the word ‘liberal’ again.Recommend

    Aug 27, 2015 - 8:00PM

    True, Leave alone Godmen, names of ordinary citizens such as Bhagwan instead of Bhagwandas, is really repugnant. Recommend

  • Babbarsher Khan
    Aug 27, 2015 - 8:39PM

    Even if he believes (truly) in his name and its meaning, what is our problem? We could always ignore him or his “boasting”. Is our faith so weak that one man saying something or one name could shake its very foundation? Dear Mullahs, get lives! Recommend

  • HZR
    Aug 27, 2015 - 10:06PM

    Why not change it to Mullah BakshRecommend

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