Monday, March 15, 2010

Can the Ulema Council respond to the real issues?

Can the Ulema Council respond to the real issues?

Al Makin , BOCHUM | Sun, 02/28/2010 3:09 PM | Opinion, The Jakarta Post

In the last few weeks, the attention of Indonesians has been drawn to the development of law enforcement in the country.

They all wonder whether the recent turmoil will become a watershed in the history of law enforcement in the reform period, or whether all of these burning issues will turn to mere sour news.

In terms of the latter, the people could be fed up with the unending mess, which the media would easily forget.

On the other hand, rather than responding to the current debacle, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) created controversy in its own world.

A Hollywood film, 2012, which features an imaginative doomsday, seems to bother this council.

The East Java MUI called on the umma (the Muslim community) not to watch this movie, which, according to their fatwa (edict), contradicts Islamic theology, according to which the knowledge of the doomsday belongs only to God.