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Jakarta Post

MUI issues fatwa against rogue mining companies

  • Adianto P. Simamora

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 28 2011   /  08:00 am

In a rare fatwa aimed at protecting the environment, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) officially declared destructive mining operations as haram, or strictly forbidden, under Islamic law.

Under the edict that was signed on May 26 and announced on Wednesday, the MUI made it clear that mining companies are banned from denting both land and marine ecosystems; polluting water and air; destroying biodiversity; and causing poverty to nearby communities. “Mining operations that threaten public health is also forbidden,” the edict says.

The council said it issued the fatwa after receiving a question from the public on whether mining operations that damage the environment are allowed under Islamic law.

MUI deputy chairman Ma’ruf Amin dismissed suspicions that the council had been ordered by certain parties to issue such a fatwa. “It comes after long research,” ...