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Jakarta Post

Women clerics: environmental destruction is 'haram'

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Cirebon, West Java   /   Fri, April 28, 2017   /   11:35 am
Women clerics: environmental destruction is 'haram' Defending rights: Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin gives a speech on the roles of women in development during the first Indonesian Women’s Ulema Congress in Cirebon, West Java, on April 27. (JP/Nurul Fitri Ramadhani)

Muslim clerics have issued a fatwa, declaring the destruction of nature for the sake of economic development as haram, or forbidden under Islamic law, because it can trigger social and economic imbalances.

A result of Indonesia’s first National Congress of Women Ulema in Cirebon, West Java, on Thursday, the fatwa is based on the Quran, Al Hadist (words and deeds of Prophet Muhammad) and the 1945 Constitution.

“Commercial development is still possible as long as the use of natural resources doesn't cross the limit of what the [project] needs. Any development is not allowed to cause natural destruction,” said a female cleric from Batam while reading out the fatwa.

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The fatwa urged the state to remove any laws or regulations that use natural resources as a source of development, and called on the government to tighten its regulations on natural protection.

The fatwa also called for an “Ibu Bumi” (Mother Nature) movement in which women play central roles in preserving nature.

“Nature is closer to women than men. So, it's important to put women as central actors in the protection of natures,” said female cleric and congress organizer Neng Dara Affiah. (ebf)