Definition of fatwa
: a legal opinion or decree handed down by an Islamic religious leader
Recent Examples of fatwa from the Web
The fatwa fell out of favor with Iran’s rulers in the late 1990s, and Rushdie ended his exile.
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.
The Grand Mufti of Egypt, a leading Sunni authority, issued a fatwa against it in 2007, and Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani, a leading Shiite authority, condemned the practice in 2009.
The group also works in Indonesia to implement the fatwa, or edict, against wildlife trafficking issued in 2014 by the country's top Muslim clerical body in response to concerns over the deterioration of the nation’s ecosystems.
One fatwa discussed the appropriate color women should wear, concluding that red was illegal.
The students used to attend his Friday speeches at a local mosque where Mr. Rahmani, who has since been arrested, declared a fatwa on bloggers critical of Islam, calling for them to be killed, Mr. Islam said.
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Origin and Etymology of fatwa
First Known Use: circa 1889See Words from the same year
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