Definition of fatwa
: a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader
Recent Examples of fatwa from the Web
Al-Binali was at the time reportedly head of the ISIS Research and Fatwa Department, which released a fatwa allowing rape of infidel women around the time of the campaign against the Yazidis and their subsequent enslavement.
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Origin and Etymology of fatwa
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
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