Lirboyo school administrator denies talk about Facebook

This news piece below is a direct translation from this original article in Indonesian by okezone.com.

faceban 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.

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19 Responses to “Lirboyo school administrator denies talk about Facebook”

  1. Who’s lying then? AP, that muslim scholars or okezone? *hum and umm in a deep thought*

  2. Populist statement, no?

    But if the statement’s true, then some assholes really is working hard to create some irresponsible buzz and hurt Moslem’s image in the process.

  3. There’s another interesting twist to this story. Surya online just posted a more complete article covering the ‘bahtsul masail’ right here:
    http://www.surya.co.id/2009/05/23/jika-digunakan-berlebihan-forum-pesantren-haramkan-facebook.html

    I also did some googling around, and found what is very likely to be the FB profile of Nabil Haroen. He’s listed as Muchammad Nabil Haroen there and his profile is here:
    http://www.facebook.com/people/Muchammad-Nabil-Haroen/1154195389

    According to his profile, Mr. Haroen runs the “Misykat” magazine that is published out of Lirboyo school.

    It would seem very strange, I think, if Mr. Idris Marzuki, who is chief administrator of the school, did not know Mr. Haroen at all.

  4. you mean BBC is lying? or that Lirboyo’s bastard?
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/indonesian/news/story/2009/05/090521_facebookindon.shtml

  5. My best guess is that they did not expect the amount of news coverage this thing attracted and got panicked when they were confronted by the journos. Looking at the original news about the meeting, it looks like it was just intended to be some sort of meet up, not actually an official fatwa deliberation.

  6. aha..ehem..aha..ehem…

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