Definition of fatwa in English:

fatwa

noun

  • A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.

    • ‘Its Islamic fundamentalist allies launched a campaign in February against a high court decision outlawing Islamic religious edicts, or fatwas, against women.’
    • ‘Anyone opposed to the GlA fatwas, even other Islamist rebels, was considered a heretic.’
    • ‘The first of these fatwas deals with the issue of inter-marriage between Shias and Sunnis.’
    • ‘His fatwas or rulings are for the most part advisory, and tend to address more abstract issues.’
    • ‘But they should intervene with fatwas or rulings when legislation arises that affects Islamic issues.’
    • ‘As a former academic lawyer, I've been enjoying reading various fatwas and religious rulings over the last few months.’
    • ‘The proclamation, which took the form of a fatwa, was endorsed by religious leaders throughout the Sultan's dominions.’
    • ‘He wrote a fatwa on this and gave me the original paper, while keeping a photocopy for his records.’
    • ‘The Association of Muslim Scholars issues fatwas calling Iraqi security forces ‘apostates’ because ‘Iraqis should not be fighting Iraqis under the occupation’.’
    • ‘Back then, Sunnis obeyed fatwas by clerics to boycott the vote.’
    • ‘In a worst case scenario, Shiite judges could use this paragraph to allow the Grand Ayatollah's fatwas to over-rule secular legislation.’
    • ‘At the same time, 64 Sunni clerics gave a fatwa that for Iraqis to join the military and police is permitted.’
    • ‘The practice of the Sahaba and the fatwa of all these luminaries is sufficient to establish karahat.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Arabic fatwā, from 'aftā decide a point of law. Compare with mufti.

Pronunciation:

fatwa

/ˈfatwɑː/