Deputy Director of Center of Strategic Studies, The National Board of Zakat (Puskas BAZNAS) visited district of Amanuban Timur, Regency of Timor Tengah Selatan (TTS), Nusa Tenggara Timur, on Tuesday (13/02). The purpose of this activity is to conduct on field research regarding the study on vulnerability of Islamic faith conversion. This study aims to derive variables that influence the conversion of a person's religion, especially in context to anticipate the apostasy of a Muslim. Desa ( village) Billa dan Desa ( village) oe-ue at District of Amanuban Timur TTS were chosen as the object of study considering the life relationship between Muslim and non-Muslim society has been going on for a long time. Even though categorized as a minority group compared to non-Muslims, Muslims are growing rapidly in that regions

The positive growth of Muslims in this area is indicated by the establishment of Islamic schools (madrasah) for elementary and junior high schools, and the presence of a very representative mosque. What is interesting is that the most of human resources to support the educational and religious activities are coming from the natives of these two villages, whose were graduated from Universities in Java. So it can be inferred that the educational factor plays a very significant role in Islamic da'wah

In addition to educational factors, other things that are also important to affect a person's beliefs are economic factors and culture. There is a fact where a person converted to other religion just because he was given daily food or small cash. The research also found the fact that some people regard religion similar to culture; religion is not an identity but as a behavior that can change easily. So converting between religion is a common thing for people living in these villages. Therefore it is very important for Islamic institutions such as BAZNAS to continue to focus their programs on the economic empowerment of the ummah, and also to send well- trained ustadz (preachers) to areas that prone to conversion


Rep : M. Nurzaman Phd