Sunday, July 25, 2010

A fatwa on coffee?

Sometimes the fatwa's borders real stupidity, retardness.

Is a Muslim allowed to enjoy a cup of the world’s most expensive coffee? The chairman of the Indonesian Board of Ulamas (Muslim scholars) is debating this issue with two of the largest Muslim organisations in Indonesia. Khamami Zada from Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), thinks the board should be dealing with more important matters than coffee beans that have been extracted from civet dung.


Luwak coffee is made from beans that have been eaten by a luwak – a kind of civet- and then passed through its intestines and defecated. It sounds pretty disgusting, but in actual fact Luwak coffee is said to taste quite special. The civet is very choosy when selecting the beans. He only eats the ripest and tastiest. The beans cost several hundreds of euros per kilo, because they are rare. Many people don’t like the idea of the beans having passed through the intestines of an animal. Many Muslims consider the coffee unclean.

Khamami Zada doesn’t agree with issuing a fatwa against coffee. "It is a problem concerning Islamic law and Muslims should be aware of the legal situation. But I believe issuing a fatwa against Luwak coffee is not an urgent matter.” There are only a few consumers who drink the coffee anyway.
According to Mr Zada, there are much more urgent issues that need dealing with at the moment. For example, the problem of corruption and the ‘legal mafia’, the illegal collaboration between criminals and members of official organisations. Khamami Zada: "If only the Board of Ulamas issued a fatwa against the ‘legal mafia’ and corrupt organisations. That would be much more beneficial for the Indonesian people, than worrying about Luwak coffee.”
Other problems that need attending to are terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism. It would be a good idea if the board would issue a fatwa against this, says Khamami Zada. "This would have an effect on everybody. Not only on the Muslim community, but also all the other people who are affected by fundamentalism and terrorism." Exactly!

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