Pigs and Pork, or the Increasing Influence of Islam in Indonesia

The Japanese company Ajinomoto was forced to withdraw from the market a condiment that is normally found in every household in Indonesia because the Indonesian Council of Ulemas ( Council of Religious Experts ) ruled that it was haram, forbidden to Muslims, since the condiment concerned was made with an enzyme obtained from pigs. Even though the enzyme is only used to cultivate the bacteria used in the manufacture of the condiment, and is not to be found in the condiment itself. But Muslims do not accept this argument, asking, " how can we be certain ? Doubt remains, and anything doubtful is forbidden by Islam ".

[Source: The Jakarta Post as quoted in Courrier International, 18-24 January, 2001.]