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Jakarta Post

MUI yet to endorse edicts on hair, `ojek'

  • <B>The Jakarta Post</B>

Jakarta   /   Sun, January 17 2010   /  03:06 pm

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has not endorsed the fatwas issued at a recent gathering of Muslim clerics in East Java, a council leader has said. The leader, Cholil Ridwan, added that he personally supported them. The MUI does not discuss issues until the public sees them as essential and asks the council to begin a discussion, Cholil said. "The MUI must issue a fatwa *on the issue* if there is a request from an institution or individual. As long as there is no request, the MUI will focus on its work," Cholil was quoted by as saying. He was commenting on the controversial issuance of fatwas by a gathering of East Java clerics that forbade Muslims from modifying their hair such as by dyeing and straightening it, and from holding pre-wedding photo sessions. The same gathering had previously forbidden Muslims from using social networking site Faceboo...