fatwa

noun
fat·​wa | \ ˈfət-wə How to pronounce fatwa (audio) , ˈfät-wä \

Definition of fatwa

: a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader

Examples of fatwa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group helped ensure the extremists’ defeat. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pope and top Shiite cleric in Iraq deliver message of coexistence," 7 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group helped ensure the extremists’ defeat. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pope and top Shiite cleric in Iraq deliver message of coexistence," 7 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa calling on able-bodied men to fight the Islamic State group massively swelled the ranks of Shiite militias. Star Tribune, "Intense preparations before pontiff meets Iraqi ayatollah," 3 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group helped ensure the extremists’ defeat. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, The Christian Science Monitor, "Pope and top Shiite cleric in Iraq deliver message of coexistence," 7 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group helped ensure the extremists’ defeat. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, chicagotribune.com, "Symbolizing peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis has rare meeting at home of top Shiite cleric during visit to Iraq," 6 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group helped ensure the extremists' defeat. Nicole Winfield And Qassim Abdul-zahra, Star Tribune, "Pope, top Iraq Shiite cleric deliver message of coexistence," 6 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group swelled the ranks of Shiite militias, many closely tied to Iran. Time, "Pope Francis and Top Iraq Shiite Cleric Hold Historic Meeting," 6 Mar. 2021 His 2014 fatwa, or religious edict, calling on able-bodied men to join the security forces in fighting the Islamic State group swelled the ranks of Shiite militias, many closely tied to Iran. Anmar Khalil, USA TODAY, "Pope Francis, Iraqi Shiite leader deliver unifying message after historic meeting," 6 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of fatwa

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fatwa

Arabic fatwā

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10 Apr 2021

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“Fatwa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatwa. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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