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A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

[Arabic fatwā, legal opinion; see ptw in Semitic roots.]


(ˈfætwɑː) or


(Islam) a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority


(ˈfɑt wɑ)
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ‘ulama.
[1985–90; < Arabic fatwā]


1989 The death sentence pronounced by a fundamentalist Iranian leader on the British writer Salman Rushdie for his novel The Satanic Verses, deemed blasphemous by devout Muslims.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fatwa - a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority
ruling, opinion - the reason for a court's judgment (as opposed to the decision itself)
Islamic law, sharia, sharia law, shariah, shariah law - the code of law derived from the Koran and from the teachings and example of Mohammed; "sharia is only applicable to Muslims"; "under Islamic law there is no separation of church and state"


[ˈfætwə] Nfatwa f


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Article 1 in the draft law stipulates that it is prohibited to deal with any fatwa unless it is issued by Islamic clerics from the Council of the Grand Scholars of Al-Azhar, Dar Al-Iftaa (Egypt's central authority for issuing religious rulings), the Islamic Research Complex or the General Fatwa Department at the Ministry of Religious Endowments, or whoever is licensed to do so in accordance with the procedures specified in the draft law's executive regulations.
ISLAMABAD: In October last year, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa travelled to Kabul and agreed that Pakistan would seek a 'fatwa' or religious decree from its religious scholars against suicide bombings inside Afghanistan, however, according to a report by a private media outlet, it was not just Pakistan that agreed to seeking the fatwa, itwas a 'mutual commitment', meaning that both the sides would seek a fatwa from their respective religious scholars against suicide bombings.
ISLAMABAD -- President Mamnoon Hussain has expressed the confidence that the unanimous Fatwa issued by ulema representing different schools of thought would help address the challenges of sectarianism, extremism, and terrorism.
Summary: The authorities of Jamia Nizamia have clarified that its Fatwa will be applicable to the followers of Hanafi school of thought
Summary: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Jan 5 (ANI): The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Friday condemned the prominent Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Deoband's new fatwa directing Muslims not to marry into families earning money through banking and related jobs drawing income from interests.
Kabul believes they can be delegitimised if Pakistani religious scholars issue a fatwa, or religious decree, against the Taliban's armed resistance.
Download Dar Fatwa refutes information on Derian's visit to Saudi Arabia NNA - Dar Fatwa on Monday categorically refuted the analysis and information published by the Central News Agency (Markaziyya) as "groundless", stressing that Mufti of the Republic Sheikh Abdel Latif Derian has not cancelled his meetings and itinerary.
The Council also called for the establishment of Ifta-affiliated endowments, and work to develop a mechanism to follow up the implementation of the order to organize the fatwa.
Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) chairman Murad Ebrahim on Tuesday announced his group's support to the fatwa against violent radicalism in any part of the Bangsamoro region.
A fatwa has been issued on using another person's wifi without permission.
28 -- Fatwa is an Arabic word, and it literally means "opinion".
Dar Al-Ifta's Fatwa Monitoring Observatory warned against the danger of extremist groups exploiting the Internet as "a secret and dark yard" for the groups to practise their "illegal activities", according to a Saturday statement by the observatory.