Artists and Instant Piety
What can be said about the current phenomenon of artists embarking on the religion wagon or hijrah: is it a religious awakening in the entertainment world, or merely using religion as a marketing tool? Changing religion from something spiritual to a tempting commodity?
The term hijrah is complicated. In Arabic, it means a physical change from one location to another. It is a popular world in the realm of Islam because the prophet Mohammad moved from his birth place Mecca to Medina as a part of his strategic struggle. This definition has remained unchanged in Arabic. However, in Indonesia, ‘hijrah’ has developed into a change of attitude towards being more religious, from a casua...