Close  

Indonesia Muslim group slaps fatwa on popular combat game PUBG

/ 08:06 PM June 19, 2019

JAKARTA, Indonesia — A hugely popular but brutal online game was slapped with a fatwa Wednesday by an Indonesian Muslim group who say it insults Islam and makes addicted players violent.

The religious edict, issued in conservative Aceh province, comes after officials in Iraq, Nepal and the Indian state of Gujarat banned PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) over fears it incited real-world violence.

ADVERTISEMENT

Often likened to the blockbuster book and film series “The Hunger Games,” PUBG pits marooned characters against each another in a virtual fight to the death, and has become one of the world’s most popular mobile games.

On Wednesday, the Aceh chapter of Muslim-majority Indonesia’s powerful Ulema Council called on local residents to ditch PUBG, and said the local government should consider an outright ban.

Breaking the fatwa would not result in sanctions, it said, but the group’s national chapter has also been mulling a similar call to ditch violent games.

The edict in Aceh would apply to other violent games, but the Council did not say which.

“Our fatwa says that PUBG and other similar games are haram (forbidden) because they can trigger violence and change people’s behaviour,” said Faisal Ali, deputy chairman of the Aceh Ulema Council.

“It also insults Islam,” he told AFP, without elaborating.

Religious officials were alarmed at PUBG’s soaring popularity among Aceh’s mostly Muslim residents.

“We’ve seen that children and even adults in Aceh are starting to get addicted to the game and they’re playing it everywhere on their mobile phones,” Ali said.

“It’s getting worrying.”

ADVERTISEMENT

At the tip of Sumatra island, Aceh is the only region in Indonesia with Islamic law and where public flogging is a common punishment for a range of offences, including selling alcohol, adultery, and gay sex. /ee

TOPICS: fatwa, Gaming, Indonesia, PUBG, technology news
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
business

Top award for entrepreneurship

September 15, 2019 05:12 AM

business

The kitchen that not just launched a famous hotcake mix

September 15, 2019 05:10 AM

opinion

Give them a fighting chance

September 15, 2019 05:00 AM

newsinfo

Online lending’s ugly side: Debt-shaming

September 15, 2019 04:55 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.