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Police in Bangkalan regency, East Java this week arrested a 46-year-old ustad (Islamic preacher), who is identified by his initials AM, for meth consumption and distribution to his students.

In a press conference yesterday, Bangkalan Police Chief Rama Samtama Putra said AM doesn’t believe that meth is forbidden in Islam.

“According to him, smoking meth boosts his drive in reading the Quran,” he said.

Rama added that AM had been using meth for around 10 years. He also got some of his students hooked and sold the illegal substance to them.

AM told reporters that he is adamant that meth is not haram (forbidden for consumption by Muslims).

“It’s forbidden by the state, but there is no rule [about meth] in the Quran,” he said.

Despite his steadfast belief, AM could face up to twenty years in prison for possession and drug trafficking.

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