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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

A Call For Peace From Buddhist and Muslim Leaders in Yogyakarta Statement

In spite of religious extremism, keeping the peace through respect between neighbors, regardless of religious differences, is a basic principle of all religious faiths. Unfortunately, however, many places around the world are currently experiencing a rise in religious extremism. Conflict and violence, often inflicted under the name of religion, is not always based on religious […]

April 7th

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

Aleta Baun Protects Her Timor Indonesian Homeland

Global activities related to climate change are often portrayed in the media as the diplomatic pursuits of international politicians at high-level UN meetings, wrangling with big business, and blowing expensive budgets. But some of the best environmental activism happens in places often overlooked by the media. Environmental heroes exist everywhere, and they can be found […]

December 9th

In Indonesia, German Catholics Mark 50 Years of Interfaith Aid

Marking 50 years of aid to Christians and Muslims in Indonesia, German Catholics are celebrating the strengthening force of “unity in diversity.” The German Catholic organization strives to help farmers in remote locations build a better future by helping them protect their environment. Working with many NGO partners, their aim is to provide support for […]

October 14th

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