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Fatwa is a legal statement in Islam, issued by a mufti or a religious lawyer, on a specific issue.
Fatwas are asked for by judges or individuals, and are needed in cases where an issue of fiqh is undecided or uncertain.
Today, fatwas have limited importance in most Muslim societies, and are normally used only in cases of marriage, inheritance and divorce.
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Fatwa is a legal statement in Islam, issued by a mufti or a religious lawyer, on a specific issue.
Fatwas are asked for by judges or individuals, and are needed in cases where an issue of fiqh is undecided or uncertain.
Today, fatwas have limited importance in most Muslim societies, and are normally used only in cases of marriage, inheritance and divorce.
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In the early periods of ijtihad, the school of fatwa and qada' were entrusted to the Qadi and mufti and they used to judge every case or occurrence according to their choice and ijtihad.
Fatwas and sentence by the existing 'amal are limited to the factors of time and place and the existence of what obliges it.
Fatwa and sentence by the existing 'amal are established to remove some social problems particular to the time and place and particular circumstances.
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 Why War? Commentary: The Fatwa and Revolutionary Islamic Movements   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Saddam Husayn, the secular self-appointed leader of Iraq, did not utilize the fatwa – after the occupation of Iraq, his statements appeared as two short exhortations to revolt that, although containing verses of the Quran were not issued by a mufti, a person qualified to issue a fatwa.
Roy Mottahedeh provides a fascinating account of the way in which a fatwa was used by the Iranians in 1891 to commence a popular boycott of tobacco, forcing the shah to reverse his international trade policy.
In political terms it served as a way for the local level to unite in action on a question not being addressed at the state level, which explains why it is commonly used by groups to establish their legitimacy as a force outside of the state.
www.why-war.com /commentary/2003/12/what_fatwa_islam.html   (3262 words)

 Fatwa mod danske soldater i Irak - dr.dk/Nyheder/Udland   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Fatwa mod danske soldater i Irak - dr.dk/Nyheder/Udland
Den danske bataljon i Irak har modtaget oplysninger om, at der er udstedt en fatwa - eller religiøs fordømmelse - mod bataljonen, oplyser forsvarsminister Søren Gade.
En fatwa kan jo være alt lige fra en boykot og til en trussel.
www.dr.dk /Nyheder/Udland/2006/01/31/173929.htm   (346 words)

 LET Issues Fatwa to Kill Pope:  International Terrorism Monitor Paper No. 133
The issue of the MUD fatwa came a few days before the latest video message of Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's No.2, in which he has made a severe attack on the Pope.
A report on the the MUD Fatwa to kill the Pope has been carried by the Pakistani journal "Ausaf" in its issue dated September 18,2006.
It is likely that the task of executing this Fatwa might be entrusted to one of its cells in the UK or France.
www.saag.org /papers20/paper1974.html   (588 words)

 Brouhaha over a fatwa
Several Muslims have voiced their opposition to the fatwa, arguing that it is not in accordance with Islamic law or shariah as they understand it.
The fatwa is based in a ruling by Imam Abu Hanifa, putative founder of the Hanafi school, that when a woman has sex after marriage with her husband she becomes the mother of all his children and so cannot marry his son, even though that son may be from a previous marriage.
While the opposition to the fatwa on the part of numerous Muslims is heartening to note, it is possible that, despite this, the controversy faces the risk of being turned into a communal issue, with Hindutva spokesmen using it in order to attack Muslim Personal Law.
www.rediff.com /news/2005/jul/21guest.htm   (1250 words)

 CNN.com - 'Fatwa' not an automatic death sentence - Nov. 26, 2002
Such is the case with the fatwa issued by Zamfara state in northern Nigeria calling for the death of a journalist whose writing about the Miss World pageant was followed by deadly riots.
Although the wording does not seem to equivocate, the fatwa is not necessarily a blanket death sentence, said Gordon D. Newby, a professor in the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Studies at Emory University.
Because a fatwa is an opinion, he said, different scholars in different places who studied in different schools of Islamic law might rule differently on the same question.
edition.cnn.com /2002/WORLD/africa/11/26/fatwa.info/index.html   (590 words)

 eThikana.com :: What is Fatwa
Fatwa an Arabic word, meaning a verdict or judicial pronouncement on debatable questions of personal or social interest given by a mufti (juries consult).
Fatwa becomes a necessity when an individual or a judge fails to solve a problem on the basis of Shariah drawn on the Holy Quran and other authentic texts on religious canons and practices.
Fatwas were given only by an expert in Islamic lore.
ethikana.com /islam/fatwa.htm   (253 words)

 Fury Over Fatwa on Imrana
He tells me that the fatwa is simply the personal opinion of a particular mufti and that it is not binding or the ultimate word on the subject, unlike what the media presents it as or as the authorities at Deoband might like Muslims to believe.
Hence, rather than being punished, as the fatwa in effect advises, Imrana 'demands compassion and kindness' in accordance with the teachings of the Qur'an, particularly because she is the mother of five young children and comes from a poor family.
Yet, as the spirited critique of the fatwa mounted by sections of the ' ulama as well as Muslim intellectuals indicates, a new Muslim leadership is today in the making, one that is sensitive to the real-world concerns of hitherto silent voices like Imrana and her brothers and sisters who now refuse to remain mute.
www.cobrapost.com /documents/FuryFatwa.htm   (2481 words)

 washingtonpost.com: How Cleric Trumped U.S. Plan for Iraq
With no way to get around the fatwa, and with escalating American casualties creating pressure on President Bush for an earlier end to the occupation, Bremer recently dumped his original plan in favor of an arrangement that would bestow sovereignty on a provisional government before a constitution is drafted.
Bremer's unwillingness to heed the fatwa until just a few weeks ago may have delayed the country's political transition and exacerbated popular anger at the occupation, Iraqi political leaders said.
In a two-page fatwa issued on June 28, he declared that he would only support a constitution written by Iraqis chosen through a general election, not by a council selected by the Americans.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A14718-2003Nov25?language=printer   (2407 words)

 The Washington fatwa - Editorials/Op-Ed - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
This "fatwa," issued by American citizens and associations, is the first theological document made public by a number of Muslim groups based in the United States.
In other words, once a fatwa is out, and as long as it deals with public affairs and political matters, it can and would be discussed by all Muslims, even if they aren't of the clerical realm, and by non-Muslims as well, since the fatwa also covers their realm.
The fatwa states that "Islam strictly condemns religious extremism and the use of violence against innocent lives." This is another important statement, but it is too general to use in making inroads in the war of ideas against the terrorists.
www.washingtontimes.com /op-ed/20050807-092808-8354r.htm   (1004 words)

 Muslims divided over insurance fatwa
The fatwa was issued early this month following a query from one Saleem Chisti, a resident of Lucknow.
Shias, on the other hand, have rejected the fatwa calling it as 'non issue' for their community that is 'uncalled for' and not binding on them.
The fatwa issued by Darul Ifta, the supreme body of Deoband authorised to issue religious decrees, said interest earned on bank deposits and insurance policies are illegal as per the Shariat.
www.rediff.com /news/2006/aug/31fatwa.htm   (523 words)

 Fatwa - religious doctrines and practices
For example, the Iranian supreme religious leader, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa on Feb. 14, 1989, that called on Muslims to kill Salman Rushdie, who wrote the ''The Satanic Verses'' that was deemed blasphemous to Islam.
A fatwa cannot be rescinded, except by a higher or equal authority in religious status.
On September 29, three senior Ayatullahs in Iran reaffirmed the fatwa and said that it cannot be rescinded.
www.apologeticsindex.org /f11.html   (368 words)

 Fatwa for tennis star who wears short skirts | India | Asia | International News | News | Telegraph
India's leading female tennis player has been subjected to a fatwa by a Muslim cleric for wearing short skirts and revealing tops on the international tennis circuit.
Sania Mirza, 18, who became the first Indian woman to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam at the US Open last week, is hugely popular in India.
The fatwa - in effect, a demand that she cover up - was issued by a senior cleric of the Sunni Ulema Board, a little-known group.
www.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/09/10/wfatwa10.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/09/10/ixworld.html   (213 words)

 Fatwa against Vande Mataram : Sania Mirza, skirt, fatwa, vande mataram : IBNLive.com : CNN-IBN
They have issued a fatwa (religious edict) against the Song, and have asked Muslim parents in the city not to send their children to schools where they are required to recite the Bankim Chandra Chatterjee composition.
But even he agrees that issuing a fatwa is not the way to ensure that religious sentiments are not hurt.
If The Government of India allow this religiuos fatwa against Vandemataram,and it will be a [bad] grant given as a...
www.ibnlive.com /news/fatwa-against-vande-mataram/12644-3.html   (511 words)

 Article: The Warped Economics of Fatwa: Demand creates its own supply!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Fatwa is one of the handful of Islamic terminologies that the Western world has recently learned and has had to contend with.
Fatwa or religious edict is among those Arabic/Islamic words that have become well known to the western world.
These Fatwas, especially related to the issue of apostasy, are quite inconsistent with the overall spirit of Islam, even though, in recent times, it is so readily used by the orthodox establishment.
www.globalwebpost.com /farooqm/writings/q-academic/econ_fatwa.html   (1849 words)

 Khaleej Times Online - Fatwa against statues triggers uproar in Egypt
CAIRO -A fatwa issued by Egypt’s top religious authority, which forbids the display of statues has art-lovers fearing it, could be used by Islamic extremists as an excuse to destroy Egypt’s historical heritage.
Abdu’s fatwa had “closed the issue, as it ruled that statues and pictures are not haram (forbidden under Islam) except idols used for worship,” Ghitani pointed out.
What they would like to see is a fatwa banning the presence of the same people at the helm of the country for 25 years and not against statues,” the movement’s spokesman Issam al-Aryan told AFP.
www.khaleejtimes.com /DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/todaysfeatures/2006/April/todaysfeatures_April5.xml§ion=todaysfeatures   (880 words)

 Newsvine - fatwa
The fatwa pronounced against Salman Rushdie is not the only example of how Iran's Shia clergy claims the right to exert extra-territorial jurisdiction.
For centuries, devout Muslims have looked to the fatwa - an opinion based on religious reasoning of a learned individual or committee - for direction on how to resolve moral dilemmas ranging from the mundane to the sublime.
A car commercial proclaiming a jihad on the U.S. auto market and offering "Fatwa Fridays" with free swords for the kids is offensive and should not be aired, Muslim leaders said on Sunday.
www.newsvine.com /fatwa   (1122 words)

 Fatwa - religious cults and sects
Fatwa: legal ruling based upon the Qur.aan and the Sunnah, passed by a Scholar in response to a question.
A fatwa is a religious decree, or judgment, issued by a recognized Islamic legal authority.
"Fatwas are issued all the time but when they come to the attention of the Western press it's usually because it's for something that we find threatening or bizarre," said Alan Godlas, a professor of Islamic studies in the religion department of the University of Georgia.
www.apologeticsindex.org /f30.html   (496 words)

 The J-Walk Blog: Fatwa News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
An imam at a local mosque lost his cool when, once again, some idiot in the congregation forgot to (or didn't care to) switch off his mobile phone, the daily Al-Watan reported yesterday.
The imam turned to the crowd and issued his own little "fatwa": the next time somebody allows their phone to go off in the congregation, the imam threatened to defenestrate the guilty person right out of the mosque.
After a bout of shouting at the audience, the imam regained his composure, turned around, and continued with the taraweeh.
j-walkblog.com /index.php?/weblog/posts/fatwa_news   (130 words)

 Egypt's grand mufti issues ~~I~~fatwa~~/I~~: no sculpture | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The weight and influence of a fatwa has always depended on the stature of the cleric who issued it, and cleric often rule differently on the same matter.
Other fatwas have also drawn attention for their strangeness - such as the ones forbidding women to wear pants and soccer players to show their legs.
Ibrahim contends that the mufti's fatwa may have been misunderstood, finding it hard to believe that his merchandise is "un-Islamic." After all, he says, "We're not selling statues for people to worship.
www.csmonitor.com /2006/0418/p01s02-wome.html   (1275 words)

 The fake fatwa that doesn't even pretend to be real
The “fatwa” by a consortium of U.S. Muslim groups including the terror-supporting organization CAIR has been widely reported, but not directly quoted.
It even includes the famous Koranic verse that to kill a person unjustly is like killing all mankind, and there is even an ellipsis replacing the famous weasel phrase, that this prohibition against unjust killing does not apply to the killing of opponents of Islam and people who have corrupted the land.
This particular verse has already been discussed so widely, and its misleading meaning and usage is so well known, that I am astonished that these “moderate” followers of the Prophet used it in their “fatwa.” The whole statement is so transparently false and empty that it can't even be called a scam.
www.amnation.com /vfr/archives/003808.html   (830 words)

 CNN.com - Bin Laden fatwa as Spain remembers - Mar 11, 2005
Fatwa said the "terrorist acts" of bin Laden were "totally banned."
They accused him of abandoning his religion and urged others of their faith to denounce the al Qaeda leader, who is believed to be hiding out near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.
The fatwa said that according to the Koran "the terrorist acts of Osama bin Laden and his organization al Qaeda...
www.cnn.com /2005/WORLD/europe/03/11/madrid.anniversary/index.html   (784 words)

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