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ˈfɑt wɑFat·wa

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. fatwa(noun)

    a ruling on a point of Islamic law that is given by a recognized authority


  1. fatwa(Noun)

    A legal opinion, decree or ruling issued by a mufti or other Islamic lawyer.

  2. fatwa(Verb)

    To make somebody the subject of a fatwa, especially a ban or death sentence.

  3. Origin: (fatwā), a formal legal opinion.


  1. Fatwā

    A fatwā in the Islamic faith is the technical term for the legal judgment or learned interpretation that a qualified jurist or mufti can give on issues pertaining to the Islamic law. In Sunni Islam any fatwā is non-binding, whereas in Shia Islam it could be considered by an individual as binding, depending on his or her relation to the scholar. The person who issues a fatwā is called, in that respect, a Mufti, i.e. an issuer of fatwā, from the verb أَفْتَى 'aftā = "he gave a formal legal opinion on". This is not necessarily a formal position since most Muslims argue that anyone trained in Islamic law may give an opinion on its teachings. If a fatwā does not break new ground, then it is simply called a ruling. An analogy might be made to the issue of legal opinions from courts in common-law systems. Fatwās generally contain the details of the scholar's reasoning, typically in response to a particular case, and are considered binding precedent by those Muslims who have bound themselves to that scholar, including future muftis; mere rulings can be compared to memorandum opinions. The primary difference between common-law opinions and fatwās, however, is that fatwās are not universally binding; as sharia law is not universally consistent and Islam is very non-hierarchical in structure, fatwās do not carry the sort of weight that secular common-law opinions do.

Editors Contribution

  1. Fatwa

    Relief from oppression and usurpation. Opinion of Judge (Qari) ranked above a Mufti.

    Submitted by anonymous on July 17, 2018


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fatwa in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fatwa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Fatwa in a Sentence

  1. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi:

    His fatwa was to execute whoever rejected Mullah Mansour as a leader.

  2. Nonie Darwish:

    It is not safe, of course, not even in the West, for anyone who has a fatwa of death issued against them.

  3. Iraqi Ministry of Human Rights:

    This is a cheap ‘Fatwa’ that is far from what Islam really stands for and is in violation of human rights, it is a portrayal of these murderers’ devilish-like behavior and low moral standing.

  4. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    The Americans say they stopped Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, they know it’s not true. We had a fatwa (religious ruling), declaring nuclear weapons to be religiously forbidden under Islamic law. It had nothing to do with the nuclear talks.

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