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MUI demands drop of judicial review of interfaith marriage law The Indonesia Council of Ulemas (MUI) has asked the countrys Constitutional Court (MK) to drop the case of judicial review on inter-religious marriages as it would benefit no one.

Posted in Religion @ 18 September 2014 19:45 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Religious minister defends abortion law The Governments Regulation Number 61/2014 on abortion legalized last July is in line with the Indonesian Ulema Councils (MUIs) recommendation, stated Minister for Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin. "In the regulation, abortion is allowed under certain conditions. It is in line with the recommendations from the MUI," Lukman remarked.

Posted in Health @ 13 August 2014 23:33 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Ambassador: 'ISIS getting funding from the West' The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) movement was inseparable from the interest of some Western countries and got financial support from them, Indonesias Ambassador to Switzerland, Joko Susilo, has said.

Posted in Religion @ 12 August 2014 00:06 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia fighting against ISIS presence Indonesia, the worlds largest Muslim populated country, is doing its best to prevent the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), alerting all regional police forces and Muslim organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 09 August 2014 19:39 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Golkar removes Chairun Nisa following arrest Golkar on Tuesday announced it has removed Chairun Nisa as a member of the House of Representatives following her arrest earlier this month for allegedly bribing Constitutional Court Chief Akil Mochtar.

Posted in Politics @ 22 October 2013 23:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Minister: 'No division over Miss World beauty contest' Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali denied that the government has been divided over the holding of Miss World beauty pageant in Indonesia. He said on Tuesday that no common perception has been reached among the ministries on this issue.

Posted in Religion @ 03 September 2013 19:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic organisations against Miss World (of course) The Jakarta Globe reports that high-ranking Islamic leaders in Indonesia continue to object to plans to hold the Miss World Beauty Pageant in Bali in the week leading up to the final round on September 8, 2013.

Posted in Protests @ 26 August 2013 03:08 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims can convey Christmas greetings The Indonesia`s Religious Affairs Minister, Suryadharma Ali said, Muslims can convey Christmas greetings to Christians. "It is not unusual to convey Christmas greetings to Christians," said Ali on Monday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2012 03:55 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hundred books with insults on Prophet Mohammad burned PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama, the publisher of a book containing insults about the Prophet Mohammad, burned hundreds of copies of the book on Wednesday following protests from Islamic organizations.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2012 17:02 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 5 reactions


Ulema council launches online halal certification service The Food and Analysis Agency of Indonesian Ulema Council (LPPOM MUI) launched an online halal certification service called CEROL - SS 23000 here on Thursday.

Posted in Religion @ 24 May 2012 15:21 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesian Islamic groups stone ministry over alcohol sales Members of Indonesia's hard-line Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) on Thursday stoned the Ministry of Home Affairs in Central Jakarta after the minister accused religious groups of "spreading lies" during an ongoing dispute over alcohol sales, local media reported on Friday.

Posted in Protests @ 13 January 2012 21:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Mimika district preparing to buy Freeport stake Five-percent stake in mining giant PT Freeport Indonesia, is bought by the Mimika district, administration deputy administrator H Abdul Muis, said here Thursday. He said the district administration was eyeing a 9.38 percent stake in PT Freeport that was previously owned by Indo Copper company.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 04 November 2011 12:19 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic scholars in Riau: 'No women as mayor' A group of religious idiots - eeh, Islamic scholars - in the province of Riau in southern Sumatra, has announced that a woman as candidate for a mayoral position is haram, against their interpretation of Islam. This was announced by the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) earlier today.

Posted in Religion @ 14 March 2011 11:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Valentine less haram than stated earlier For those who still don't want to believe that Indonesians don't want to be submitted to too much Islamic rules we have some good news. Valentine's Day, February 14, is a day like any other according tot he Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia, MUI. Earlier this week the same group of no-brainers announced that Valentine's Day would be entirely haram because it was not in line with Islam.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 February 2011 11:15 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six people killed in religious clash in Indonesia Six followers of a minority sect declared heretical by the government died after clashing with about 1,000 Muslims in Indonesia's West Java province of Banten on Sunday, state-run news agency Antara reported.

Posted in Religion @ 06 February 2011 16:17 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Christmas spirit: Decorations are 'excessive' and 'hurt's Muslims' feelings' The top Islamic body - who else - from the world's most populous Muslim country complained about over-the-top Christmas decorations in Indonesian malls and other places where the public gathers.

Posted in Religion @ 24 December 2010 09:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic council: 'Death penalty for corrupt persons' A head of the Islamic Council of Scholars (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), K.H. Effendi Yusuf, supports earlier words that corrupt persons should be allowed to receive a death penalty for their actions in certain cases. The organization that decides what is and what is not halal in Indonesia, is now tagging a large number of people in the country without much hesitation.

Posted in Religion @ 19 August 2010 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesian gamblers now go to Singapore After Batam closed down it's semi-allowed casino's after they changed governors there - talking about stable investment climate - Singapore opened it first casino yesterday. The main target? Millions of Indonesians with money to spare that would like to gamble a little but don't want to travel too far to do so.

Posted in Tourism @ 15 February 2010 03:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


MUI: Muslems should not watch '2012' A chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), the highest Muslim authority, called on all Muslims Monday to not watch 2012, saying that the Hollywood movie was misleading and against Islamic belief. Produced by Sony Pictures, Roland Emmerich's 2012 is a new movie about the Mayan doomsday starring John Cusack.

Posted in Religion @ 17 November 2009 03:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Ahmadiyah should be respected as well' A series of attacks on followers of the Ahmadiyah religious sect in Indonesia has once again drawn criticism, with an expert in religion and democracy urging the government to exercise its authority when there are violations of human rights.

Posted in Religion @ 16 October 2009 12:33 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Underage marriages still common practice The Commission for the Protection of Indonesian Children (KPAI) has expressed concerns about the high number of marriages involving underage children. According to the National Development Planning Board (Bappenas) some one third of all marriages taking place in Indonesia each year involve at least one person that is under the age of 18.

Posted in Culture @ 12 September 2009 01:58 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Ruling Indonesia from behind the scenes; MUI moves again They did it again. After they managed to get some 500 percent duty in all imported liquor - a draconian measure that is currently killing people daily, but 'religion above everything' seems to be the motto of the MUI - they now managed to stop beef imports from New Zealand all together. Some imports from Australia have been banned as well. This means a big part of the 70.000 tonnes of beef will not be imported anymore.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 12:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia bans beef import from New Zealand Indonesia, the biggest Muslim country in the world, has banned imports of all beef from New Zealand and some of beef from Australia which does not meet religious certification, Indonesian Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono said Friday.

Posted in Religion @ 06 June 2009 10:44 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Why are you showing off on Friendster? Now the East Java department of the Council of Islamic Scholars in Indonesia (MUI, Majelis Ulama Indonesia) is talking about the fact that some websites can possibly have a bad influence on young people it is time for us to select a random picture from one of those so-called dangerous websites, Facebook, Myspace, Friendster and other social networking websites.

Posted in Culture @ 29 May 2009 13:35 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim clerics ban gossiping, flirting on Facebook Muslim clerics in Indonesia's East Java province Friday banned the faithful from gossiping and flirting on social networking websites such as Facebook and Friendster. The clerics also urged Facebook and Friendster to curb what they called "lewd and pornographic" content and warned that they would request the government to block the sites if their call went unheeded.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2009 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Survey: 'Police most corrupt institution in Indonesia' Based on a survey held by Transparansi Internasional Indonesia (TII), the Indonesian police is seen as the most corrupt institution in the country. On the other hand the Council of Islamic Scholars (MUI) is seen as least corrupt. The survey was held between September and December 2008. Almost 4.000 people in 50 cities across the country were questioned.

Posted in Corruption @ 21 January 2009 11:39 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Islamic Council to decide over 'fatwa' against smoking early 2009 The Islamic Council of Scholars in Indonesia (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or just MUI) will decide about the fatwa about smoking early next year. They are to decide whether smoking is allowed or has to be banned by the Islamic scholars. They can also decide not to choose a direction however. A high percentage of Indonesians smoke, and however many are Muslem, it is doubtful it will actually change the habit of many.

Posted in Religion @ 24 November 2008 07:49 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Some 2.5 million abortions in Indonesia annually Although banned by law as well as an Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI) edict, some 2.5 million abortions will happen in Indonesia every year, an academician has said. "The figure does not yet include abortions effected with non-medical assistance or with the help of shaman," Antara news agency Sunday quoted Professor Dr Jurnalis Uddin of Jakarta-based YARSI University as saying at a seminar here.

Posted in Health @ 25 February 2008 06:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Noordin's five aides reportedly arrested in Palu Indonesian police arrested five people, accused of being aides of Noordin M. Top, who was claimed as the Southeast Asian No. 1 terrorist leader, in Central Sulawesi provincial capital of Palu, a report says on Sunday. The five people, who were arrested on Saturday evening, are identified as Aprianto alias Irwan, Arman alias Haris, Nano, AbdulMuis, and Asrudin, according to report of Antara news agency.

Posted in Terrorism @ 07 May 2006 19:18 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Tourists, locals marvel at might of Merapi Foreign tourists and locals alike have been marvelling at the spectacular sight of Indonesia's simmering Mount Merapi spewing smoke as experts monitor it for signs of imminent eruption.

Posted in Volcanoes @ 22 April 2006 09:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Faiths take joint stand against new decree Christian leaders and members of the Ahmadiyah group presented a united stand Friday in opposing the revised decree on places of worship, and threatened to ignore it unless it is changed to meet their demands. The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), meanwhile, is also dismayed by what it considers the disproportional accommodation of other religions.

Posted in Politics @ 25 March 2006 11:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Pesantren' communities unable to accept pluralism, tolerance The recent research conducted by the International Center for Islam and Pluralism (ICIP), the Indonesian Islamic Boarding School Association (BKSPPI) and AusAID, in which I was involved, shows that many pesantren (Islamic boarding schools), both traditional (salaf) and modern, in West Java reject pluralism as they perceive this as an acceptance of the relativity of religion -- or rejecting the notion that Islam is the absolute truth.

Posted in Religion @ 26 January 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslims, minorities and the state in Indonesia Indonesian Islam will remain moderate and tolerant by and large, but problems and challenges will continue to exist. The future of Indonesia depends on the ways in which the government and various Muslim groups actually act in public life. While violence, discrimination, and grievances are still felt among the minorities, especially non-Muslims, the Muslim majority continue maintaining the tolerant, moderate character of the country. A small number of hard-liners and terrorists will be disproportionately influential, but the tolerant, moderate majority and the government will not be silent.

Posted in Religion @ 30 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Radicalism extends roots, becoming institutionalized There is no danger that Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, will be turned into an Islamic state. One reason for this is that most Indonesians practice a moderate strain of Islam and are tolerant of different religions. Another reason is that the nation's founding fathers, who included charismatic Muslim leaders and ulema, never wanted Indonesia to be an Islamic state.

Posted in Religion @ 26 December 2005 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Palu villagers seek refuge after clash The deadly clash between the police and followers of sect leader Madi almost two weeks ago, and the ensuing hunt for him, have caused hundreds of people to seek refuge in the Central Sulawesi capital of Palu.

Posted in C. Sulawesi conflict @ 08 November 2005 09:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia president warns of terror attacks Indonesia's president warned on Monday of possible terrorist attacks in the coming two months, and said he would also take steps to show the country was still a tolerant Muslim nation. Speaking at a seminar in Jakarta, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said bombmakers from the militant network Jemaah Islamiah posed a threat to the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Posted in Terrorism @ 29 August 2005 14:19 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim body supports polio vaccinations Indonesia's top Muslim body gave its seal of approval on Friday to next week's plan by the government to immunise more than 24 million children with polio vaccines next week. The support could dispel any doubts about the vaccines which may deter people from going to immunisation posts in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, following an outbreak of the crippling disease.

Posted in Polio @ 26 August 2005 18:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Preachers told to support controversial MUI edicts Despite the ongoing controversy surrounding the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI)'s edicts against secularism, pluralism and liberalism, the Indonesian Council for Islamic Propagation (DDII) will fully support the MUI in its "war on deviant thoughts", a top preacher said on Sunday.

Posted in Politics @ 08 August 2005 12:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Indonesia to stay as full Opec member Indonesia, Asia-Pacificís only member of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec), has decided to remain a full member of the group, an official at energy watchdog BPMIGAS said yesterday. Indonesiaís declining oil production has left it unable to meet its Opec quota, and it became a net importer of oil for several months of last year. That lead to some calls from parliamentary and industry groups for it to leave the group.

Posted in Economy @ 31 July 2005 10:43 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Christian inroads worry top Indonesia Muslim body Christians are making worrying inroads in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, delegates said at a meeting of the nation's top Islamic clerical group, the Jakarta Post newspaper said on Thursday. It said the clerics told the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI), during the meeting in Jakarta that Christians were expanding their presence in the provinces, and in the capital itself.

Posted in Religion @ 28 July 2005 11:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Indonesia train crash kills seven At least seven people have been killed and many more injured in a collision between two trains on Indonesia's Sumatra island. A packed passenger train ploughed into a stationary coal train near the town of Bandar Lampung, 250km (155 miles) north-west of Jakarta, say police.

Posted in General @ 20 May 2005 07:08 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Six die when passengers boat capsizes in Maluku Six people died when a fully loaded passenger boat capsized off the coast of Southeast Maluku regency on Sunday. Spokesman for the Maluku Police, Comr. Endro Prasetyo, said on Wednesday that the KM Taruma Jaya which operated on Ngadi island, Tual, sank as it might have exceeded its passenger and baggage capacity. Besides 85 passengers and six boat crew members, the ship was believed to be fully loaded with passengers' baggage.

Posted in Accidents @ 25 November 2004 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Jakarta general found guilty in Timor rampage Indonesia's human rights tribunal yesterday convicted Brigadier-General Noer Muis, a former military chief in then-East Timor, of crimes against humanity committed just before its independence referendum in 1999. Gen Noer, who served as a colonel in charge of 10,000 troops at that time, is the highest-ranked Indonesian military officer to be found guilty by the courts on Timor-related charges to date.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Removal of taste enhancer across the nation goes on The withdrawal of over 3,000 tons of Ajinomoto taste enhancers continued across the country on Sunday as six PT Ajinomoto Indonesia executives remain in detention over the controversy, concerning the use of pig enzymes in its production process. Police assisted the withdrawal of all Ajinomoto taste enhancers over the weekend, and as of Sunday afternoon seized at least 110 kilograms from several traditional markets in the capital.

Posted in General @ 08 January 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Mass demonstrations today Around one hundred thousand supporters of President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur) plan to stage a grand meeting and demonstration themed " Aspirations of the Jember People" at the town square in Jember, East Java, today. The ulemas and religion`s figures will pray for the country currently suffering unabated political disturbance caused by the actions of the political elite to prioritize their respective group`s interests. Deputy chairman of the organizing team, Abdul Muis, said this meeting will provide `concrete evidence` that Jember people are consistent in supporting Abdurrahman Wahid as Indonesia`s President until 2004. He said that Wahid is the constitutionally chosen President. As such, if unconstitutionally ousted from power in the middle of his term, the action will destroy the basic system of the country.

Posted in Protests @ 13 February 2001 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Amid the battling for pro and con Wahid positions in Parliament and on the streets, a local monthly Indonesian magazine for Moslem scholars and intellectuals has come up with a detailed list of the `sins` of the President. According to the magazine, Sabili , which also has a cyber site, the President has committed the following errors :

Posted in Politics @ 07 February 2001 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Soeharto trial venue rocked The South Jakarta District Court is due to begin the long- awaited trial of former president Soeharto on Thursday amid more uncertainty following an explosion adjacent to the trial venue late on Wednesday night. A parked yellow Koantas Bima city bus was left mangled by the explosion. No casualties were reported and there was also little damage to surrounding buildings. The bus was parked in front of the Mitra Karya auto repair shop on Jl. Taman Marga Satwa, South Jakarta, about 300 meters across the street from the Ministry of Agriculture compound, where the trial will be held.

Posted in General @ 31 August 2000 16:59 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


27 killed at fresh Ambon violence Sectarian clashes continued in Ambon on Thursday, bringing the death toll to 27 since violence first re-erupted on Tuesday. Six people were killed on Thursday when mobs rampaged through Ahuru subdistrict, five kilometers east of here, burning the Waihoka community health post, the Petra church and dozens of houses in the area.

Posted in Maluku conflict @ 19 May 2000 10:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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