Tuesday, 15 October 2019 | 06:56 WIB

MUI Takes View on Online Games, including PUBG Mobile

MUI Secretary General Dr. H Anwar Abbas, M.M, M.Ag (mui)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Secretary General of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) Dr. H Anwar Abbas, M.M, M.Ag says that playing electronic games is permissible, as long as the games do not cause negative physical and moral effects.

"In principle, playing electronic games is permissible," Anwar said.

However, he said, if the game affects the morals of the players in a negative way, it would be haraam or not allowed.

"If it negatively affects the morale and soul of the player, it will be forbidden. We have to see what the impact the game may cause to the players and children. If it has a good impact, it is allowed. If not, it is forbidden," he said.

Anwar said he did not yet know the reason why the Aceh Ulema Consultative Assembly (MPU) issued a haraam fatwa on online game Player Unknown Battlegrounds (PUBG Mobile).

Previously, the Aceh MPU issued a fatwa stating that online games such as PUBG Mobile and the likes where haraam or forbidden.

Based on the results of the Aceh MPU plenary session, they concluded that PUBG Mobile game was not good because it contained elements of violence and brutality.

PUBG Mobile is one of the popular online games in Indonesia, which is also contested in e-Sports competitions. The game was also increasingly popular after it launched a mobile version of the game last year, as reported by Antara.