A religious teacher in Indonesia was recently arrested for selling drugs to his students, claiming it would help them recite and interpret the Quran better
According to The Star, Ahmad Marzuki from Madura, Northeast Java was recently nabbed for the consumption and sale of methamphetamine.
He was a teacher at an Islamic boarding school in East Java and he told police that using meth was permissible and would aid in reading the holy text.
He said, "I know that methamphetamine is illegal and forbidden to be used by the state, but I did not find arguments against it in the Quran"
Marzuki believes the powerful stimulant is halal and would turn students into enthusiastic readers, as reported by Vice Indonesia.
Meanwhile, head of the Nahdlatul Ulama (Indonesia's largest independent Islamic organisation) KH Said Aqil Siradj said that the Quran must be interpreted with "common sense and deductive analogy".
Muslim scholars generally consider drugs to be impermissible due to its intoxicating and harmful effects.
Prior to his arrest, Marzuki managed to evade the authorities for two months after police started looking for him
During that period, he continued to teach at other Islamic boarding schools in Surabaya and Mojokerto. theSundaily reported that he was finally apprehended when he returned to Madura for a funeral.
Officers located Marzuki at his home, alongside two other people who were using methamphetamine. Local police chief Rama Samtama Putra said that they also found a small quantity of the substance and other drug paraphernalia in his house.
Marzuki faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a large fine
He will be charged under the Indonesian Narcotics Law which carries the punishment of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of IDR10 billion (approximately RM2.9 million).