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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


fatwah [ˈfætwɑː] nfatwa f
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CAIRO -- 14 March 2018: A draft law on regulating fatwas (Islamic edicts), which Parliament's Religious Committee will call for consideration in the next plenary session, might put an end to a series of groundless fatwas issued by unlicensed and unqualified preachers in the media.
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Apex court rules their fatwas are not binding on anyone