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Starting Forest Fires Declared a Sin in Indonesia

Hoping to end the annual blazes enveloping Southeast Asia in choking haze, Indonesia’s Islamic Ulema Council (MUI) issued a fatwa against intentionally starting forest fires. The religious edict issued by the MUI declares that it is against Islamic law, or “haram,” for Muslims to burn forests or plantation lands. Issued in mid-September, the six-point fatwa […]

October 3rd

Malaysian Fatwa Makes Pollution Illegal

The lush 130-million-year-old rainforests, miles of sea-coast, colorful insects, and exotic wildlife make Malaysia one of the richest natural resources in the world. But thick air pollution and dirty waste water are hurting these natural wonders and the people who live there. In response, the Perlis Fatwa Committee in the small Malaysian northeastern state decided that […]

March 2nd

Islamic Fatwa Aids Indonesia’s Endangered Species

The islands of Indonesia are carpeted with densely forested jungles offering shelter to a rich array of God’s creatures. However, more and more forests are being cleared to make room for palm oil tree plantations. Legal and illegal logging and mining in Indonesia are also encroaching on wildlife habitats, placing additional stress on the endangered […]

January 1st

Fatwa Offers More Protection to Indonesian Wildlife

The Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI), Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body, has issued its first ever fatwa — call to action — against the country’s rampant black market for endangered species. The MUI’s declaration offers a strong spiritual message for environmental protection that many are praising. Indonesia is one of the most species rich countries on earth. […]

March 10th