The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) issued a religious edict, known as a fatwa, on Wednesday, condemning mining practices that were destroying the environment and neglecting people’s welfare.
“We condemn mining activities that only destroy the environment and inflict misery on the people. We must prevent such actions through regulation and government actions,” Ma’ruf Amin, head of the fatwa division at MUI, said on Wednesday.
Ma’ruf said that the fatwa was not made by “order” but based on the council’s long observation and research.
This fatwa applies to everyone, from government officials, company managements and regional governments, most of whom are Muslim. They must ensure that mining practices should be environmentally friendly,” he said.