Fatwa Against Pluralism Gets Mixed Reactions

August 6, 2005

Source: IslamOnline.net

http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2005-08/06/article06.shtml

On August 6, 2005 IslamOnline.net reported, "The controversial multi-fatwa issued recently by the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has drawn a mix of reactions, ranging from sharp criticism to staunch support. Former president Abdurrahman Wahid has rejected the fatwa, urging the MUI to reconsider it thoroughly. 'Just let people find out by themselves. It can be a parameter whether the people believe in the fatwa or not,' he said. The 11-point fatwa was issued by the MUI during its seventh congress late last July. The fatwa basically states that 'religious teachings influenced by pluralism, liberalism and secularism are against Islam.' Mixed marriages between people of different faiths are haram, states the fatwa."