The Islamist leader claimed “the mixture of camel urine and milk has medicinal benefits. He quoted verses from the Hadiths, which record the traditions or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad and are second in authority only to the Koran.” However:
scientists in Muslim and non-Muslim majority countries reject the claims, and actually link the consumption of camel urine to the spread of a disease known as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS). The disease was first identified in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and caused the death of 36 people during an outbreak in South Korea in 2015.
A video of an Islamist leader purportedly drinking a mixture of camel urine and camel milk in Saudi Arabia has sparked debate over the health dangers of the practice in his native Indonesia.
Bachtiar Nasir is the chairman of the National Movement of Fatwa Guards Majelis Ulama Indonesia (GNPF-MUI) movement, an organization of hard-line Islamist groups that led last year’s protests against Jakarta’s Christian governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, popularly known as Ahok, accusing him of insulting the Koran, last year.
In the video, Bachtiar can be seen pouring the amber-colored content of a plastic bottle into a bowl, combining it with a white liquid and then taking a sip from it, describing the flavor as bitter and rich. The video was shared on his Instagram page, where he has half a million followers, last week and it has since been viewed more than 200,000 times, sparking an online debate over the drink’s health benefits among all levels of Indonesian society, including politicians, as BBC Indonesia reported.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Indonesia (ID) is estimated to have a population of 260.6 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.3% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 17.4 million.