One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.
- ‘But they should intervene with fatwas or rulings when legislation arises that affects Islamic issues.’
- ‘The Association of Muslim Scholars issues fatwas calling Iraqi security forces ‘apostates’ because ‘Iraqis should not be fighting Iraqis under the occupation’.’
- ‘As a former academic lawyer, I've been enjoying reading various fatwas and religious rulings over the last few months.’
- ‘The practice of the Sahaba and the fatwa of all these luminaries is sufficient to establish karahat.’
- ‘Its Islamic fundamentalist allies launched a campaign in February against a high court decision outlawing Islamic religious edicts, or fatwas, against women.’
- ‘His fatwas or rulings are for the most part advisory, and tend to address more abstract issues.’
- ‘Back then, Sunnis obeyed fatwas by clerics to boycott the vote.’
- ‘The proclamation, which took the form of a fatwa, was endorsed by religious leaders throughout the Sultan's dominions.’
- ‘At the same time, 64 Sunni clerics gave a fatwa that for Iraqis to join the military and police is permitted.’
- ‘Anyone opposed to the GlA fatwas, even other Islamist rebels, was considered a heretic.’
- ‘In a worst case scenario, Shiite judges could use this paragraph to allow the Grand Ayatollah's fatwas to over-rule secular legislation.’
- ‘The first of these fatwas deals with the issue of inter-marriage between Shias and Sunnis.’
- ‘He wrote a fatwa on this and gave me the original paper, while keeping a photocopy for his records.’
Early 17th century: from Arabic fatwā, from 'aftā ‘decide a point of law’. Compare with mufti.
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