Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, Dr Chuzaimah T. Yanggo, from the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), said that a fatwa, or Islamic ruling, has been issued by the council in relation to the burning of land in the country.
She said: “The fatwa specifically addresses the intentional burning of forest and plantation land, we are not referring to accidental fires.”
Also speaking, Hayu Prabowo, head of environmental protection at MUI, said most of the forest burning was done by companies, but declaring it haram, should make the public feel empowered to stand up to them.
“This fatwa will make religious leaders and the general public who in the past didn’t care, care and start to take responsibility to end forest burning in their area,” he said.
Unlawful slash-and-burn farming has devastated giant areas of Indonesia, causing air pollution, which impacts international locations across the area.