Main definitions of mufti in English

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mufti1

noun

  • A Muslim legal expert who is empowered to give rulings on religious matters.

    • ‘Even the mufti of the republic joined the bandwagon, urging worshippers before last Friday's prayer to cast their vote.’
    • ‘A fatwa is a legal statement in Islam, issued by a mufti or a religious lawyer after reference to precedents to decide on an issue of jurisprudence.’
    • ‘Gendjev, who is considered to be the grey cardinal of the Bulgarian Muslim community, was a chief mufti until the 1990s.’
    • ‘But the latter institution did not specifically play the role of the mufti; rather he was a religio-political advisor to the Sultan.’
    • ‘They chopped off the heads of Christian monks and Muslim muftis.’
    • ‘The Malay muftis aren't alone in arguing against the cultural ramifications of the spread of Mumbai's films.’
    • ‘Here the mufti, or jurisconsult, appears to play a role remarkably similar to that of the roman jurist or contemporary European law professor (in providing Gutachten or opinions to courts).’
    • ‘Eventually the mufti is satisfied, we are cleared and proceed across the desert to our temporary home.’
    • ‘The government appoints the mufti who serves as the country's highest Islamic authority.’
    • ‘Most Sunni Uzbeks are led by a state-appointed mufti.’
    • ‘Historically, fatwas were independent of the judicial system, although some muftis were officially attached to various courts.’
    • ‘Religious opinion on legal matters is given by a mufti or a council of ulemas.’
    • ‘The muftis wanted the government to cut airing of Bollywood movies to only once a week, way down from at least a movie a day on at least one of the country's four television channels.’
    • ‘Moreover, a fatwa issued by one or more muftis is considered to be binding on his/her co-religionists and not on others.’
    • ‘An NGO there called Sisters in Islam urged that ‘the opinions of the state muftis be viewed as advisory and non-binding’.’
    • ‘In the days when this was a hospital, serving mainly Jews and Muslims, Torrance would meet regularly with the chief rabbi and mufti (Muslim religious leader), both of whom held the doctor in great respect.’
    • ‘A fatwa is simply a legal opinion in Islam given by a mufti or other religious leader on a specific issue, and this account describes one with which I was involved.’
    • ‘The Muslim community is governed by the Supreme Muslim Council under the Chief Mufti (religious judge), with a hierarchy of regional muftis, imams, and religious teachers.’
    • ‘Reportedly around a hundred persons have already been to the US under this scheme for madrasah people, like religious leaders, teachers and muftis.’
    • ‘In the Ottoman Empire the muftis were state officials, and the mufti of Constantinople was the highest of these.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Arabic muftī, active participle of 'aftā ‘decide a point of law’.

Pronunciation

mufti

/ˈməftē//ˈməfti/

Main definitions of mufti in English

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mufti2

noun

  • Plain clothes worn by a person who wears a uniform for their job, such as a soldier or police officer.

    ‘I was a flying officer in mufti’
    • ‘Such was the conclusion: that Pakistan, and poor, ex-colonial countries in general, were better served by unelected officers in uniform than by elected politicians in mufti.’
    • ‘I raised the issue with Adam, suggesting that mufti sounded far more like a goat-type animal than an excuse to not wear business clothes.’
    • ‘I can remember when my father was a uniformed policemen, but more typically I recall him in mufti when he'd been promoted to detective. He was detective inspector in the end, but I was long gone by then.’
    • ‘In 1989, then a municipal reporter, I spent a night bobbing in the wake of the then mayor of Cape Town as he paid a series of visits, in mufti and minus his chain of office, to nightclubs throughout the city.’
    • ‘But I don't think that came into it, because I was sort of in mufti, on holidays and so on.’
    • ‘He just floated around headquarters in mufti, spinning his web.’
    • ‘Workers Heights Sunday mixed bowls, which now starts at 1 pm, will relax its dress regulations to allow players to wear mufti if they prefer.’
    • ‘Usually he would wear a plain shirt with some jeans on mufti day, but standing in front of my eyes, he was wearing dark coloured jeans with a navy polo shirt.’
    • ‘The killers turned out to be policemen in mufti - employees of the West Bengal government!’
    • ‘His plan, to scoot from the railroad station the two blocks home, change into mufti, and that's the end of it.’
    • ‘Another Latino fellow at the bar, evidently a soldier in golf club mufti, responded to the solitude of drinkers around him by making one call after another on his cell phone as he ordered ever-taller glasses of beer.’
    • ‘Irregular forces that choose to fight in mufti and from ambush will be able to dramatically decrease the range.’
    • ‘In Hué, the ancient capital, five thousand infiltrators shed peasant mufti to reveal North Vietnamese uniforms.’
    • ‘It was the same night, a well-known director-cinematographer said he was roughed up by an allegedly drunken policeman in mufti.’
    • ‘I do not have robes and I do not have the wherewithal to obtain them and I seek permission of the Court to appear before you in mufti and civvies.’
    • ‘I pretended to be a kid in mufti (or a teacher, or something that wasn't a red thumb standing out) and went to the school's sessions.’
    • ‘Having said that I prefer loose-fitting mufti, it strikes me that every time I act as a minister - performing weddings and baptisms - I do wear a simple stole I got from Almy & Sons religious wear catalog.’
    • ‘If he seems a bit stolid throughout, that could be the military man's unease in mufti; it certainly helps make his credulousness credible.’
    • ‘We're permitted to wear mufti on this rare occasion, but the absence of school uniform and the shocking appearance of colour still fails to cheer me up.’
    • ‘I enjoy this kind of flip remark, but the chilly response indicated that my new friend didn't, and he summoned over the local vicar, dressed in mufti, to deal with me.’

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps humorously from mufti.

Pronunciation

mufti

/ˈməftē//ˈməfti/