The Indonesian Ulemia Council – the country’s highest Islamic council – has issued a fatwa, a religious ruling in Islam, condemning the burning of forests in an attempt to curb dangerous levels of pollution in the country. Starting the fires and smoke, which have damaged millions of hectares of land and put many people at risk of serious illnesses, has been called “haram”, or a sin, for Muslims living in the country. CCTV’s Silkina Ahluwalia takes a look at the effects it has had on the people and the environment.
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