This news piece below is a direct translation from this original article in Indonesian by okezone.com.
The news about East Java Islamic scholars mulling over a religious edict on Facebook use is apparently not true. Administrator of Lirboyo Islamic boarding school (”pesantren”) Idris Marzuki denied the accuracy of the news.
In fact, Marzuki said he did not know the person who claimed to be Lirboyo school’s spokesperson, Nabil Haroen, who announced previously that a fatwa on Facebook was forthcoming. “There’s no such thing. I don’t even know this Nabil,” said Marzuki when contacted by okezone at East Java, Friday (May 22).
Marzuki admitted that there was a meeting of scholars in East Java to talk about contemporary issues faced by the Muslims, but it wasn’t meant to talk about Facebook. “We finished the meeting last night, but there was no talk about that issue,” he said.
Previously, The Associated Press reported that a meeting among Indonesian Islamic scholars was to issue a fatwa concerning the use of social networking on the Internet, reasoning that using such service could lead to illicit sex, which is forbidden by Islamic teaching.
The AP piece claimed that the source of the report was a spokesperson for the Lirboyo Islamic boarding school named Nabil Haroen, but school administrator Idris Marzuki said that he did not know Haroen.