Definition of fatwa in English:

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fatwa

Pronunciation: /ˈfatwɑː/

noun

A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.
Example sentences
  • But they should intervene with fatwas or rulings when legislation arises that affects Islamic issues.
  • Back then, Sunnis obeyed fatwas by clerics to boycott the vote.
  • At the same time, 64 Sunni clerics gave a fatwa that for Iraqis to join the military and police is permitted.

Origin

Early 17th century: from Arabic fatwā, from 'aftā 'decide a point of law'. Compare with mufti1.

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