Child-Marriage And Indonesia’s “Scholars!”

We have often had to comment on the words and actions of the MUI….

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…Indonesia’s Council of ‘Scholars’ – a state-subsidised body.

They are not backward about coming forward with opinions on just about anything…

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Syamsul Maarif,  General Secretary of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Jakarta

“If the act of adultery is by a married person, then stoning is the sentence, while if unmarried, then it’s whipping,” he said.

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and it’s fair to say that I have rarely agreed with their pronouncements.

This month, however, they are in the news again, after a 15-year-old child, a student from the State Junior High School (SMPN) 01 Namrole, South Buru, Maluku…


Location of Maluku in Indonesia

Location of Maluku in Indonesia

….was married off by her father, who is the Chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) in South Buru.

The Head of the Office of Religious Affairs (KUA) was also present at the event.  

Needless to say, this has caused much comment.

Most Indonesians, of all creeds, are civilised people…



…to whom the idea of child marriage is repugnant.

I waited patiently for several days to see exactly what would happen in regard to this ‘marriage,’ which had not, it seems, been officially registered..

Update! Good News!

Good kids – students from one of the junior high schools in Buru Selatan, Maluku and teachers demonstrating against the early marriage that happened to a student at the school. 

The chairman of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) of South Buru Regency, Maluku, Ambo Intan Karate has officially canceled the marriage of his daughter, who is still in junior high school, with an ustaz from Tangerang, Banten, named Latif
NB ‘Ustaz’ is the word for Muslim cleric. 

So has this father undergone some kind of spiritual revelation?

Ambo admitted that he canceled his daughter’s marriage due to mediation by the South Buru Regency Government and the local education office..

Will the MUI’s national leadership now take action to assert that child-marriage is NEVER acceptable?