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A legal opinion or ruling issued by an Islamic scholar.

[Arabic fatwā, legal opinion; see ptw in Semitic roots.]
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(ˈfætwɑː) or


(Islam) a non-binding judgment on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized religious authority
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(ˈfɑt wɑ)
an Islamic religious decree issued by the ‘ulama.
[1985–90; < Arabic fatwā]
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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.
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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"
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[ˈfætwə] Nfatwa f
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fatwah [ˈfætwɑː] nfatwa f
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A bill to regulate fatwas (religious edict), expected to soon be passed by the Egyptian Parliament, raises concerns over setting more restrictions on freedom of expression, especially since the draft law imposes a prison sentence and a fine without accurately defining the "irregular fatwa," the one in violation of the draft.
To address the concerns of Muslim parents over vaccination, especially issues involving their faith, the Ministry of Health on Tuesday issued an Islamic ruling or 'fatwa' on immunization across the autonomous region.
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ISLAMABAD -- Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Noor-ul-Haq Qadri on Tuesday suggested turning the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) an advisory body for presenting Islamic views on various policy issues into a Federal Fatwa Centre.
Abu Dhabi: The chairman of the newly established Emirates Fatwa Council vowed on Monday to wage a pre-emptive war against extremists and rogue fatwas.