Definition of fatwa in English:


Syllabification: fat·wa
Pronunciation: /ˈfätwä


  • A ruling on a point of Islamic law given by a recognized authority.
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    • 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.


early 17th century: from Arabic fatwā, from afta'aā 'decide a point of law'. Compare with mufti1.

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