Meaning of fatwa in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfatwɑː/

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

    ‘But they should intervene with fatwas or rulings when legislation arises that affects Islamic issues.’
    • ‘Back then, they obeyed fatwas by clerics to boycott the vote.’
    • ‘The first of these fatwas deals with the issue of inter-marriage between Shias and Sunnis.’
    • ‘Anyone opposed to the GlA fatwas, even other Islamist rebels, was considered a heretic.’
    • ‘As a former academic lawyer, I've been enjoying reading various fatwas and religious rulings over the last few months.’
    • ‘His fatwas or rulings are for the most part advisory, and tend to address more abstract issues.’
    • ‘The proclamation, which took the form of a fatwa, was endorsed by religious leaders throughout the Sultan's dominions.’
    • ‘The practice of the Sahaba and the fatwa of all these luminaries is sufficient to establish karahat.’
    • ‘He wrote a fatwa on this and gave me the original paper, while keeping a photocopy for his records.’


Early 17th century from Arabic fatwā, from 'aftā ‘decide a point of law’. Compare with mufti.