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what is fatwah

Last updated: 16th December 2004
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16th December 2004

i'm not in the 'know' and want to seek to understand what a Fatwah is and why / how / by whom it should be issued. is this part of normal islam? or is it NOT?

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26th April 2005
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Bismihi Ta'ala

In Islamic law, Fatwa means a legal verdict. A fatwa is needed when there is no clear injunction from the Qur'an or Sunnah on a particular issue. In this situation, a qualified and certified Mufti, one who is equipped with sources of Shari'ah, its rulings and implications, will issue a fatwa after giving deep thought to the issue, analysing and comparing it to similar circumstances about which the Qur'an or the Sunnah does explicitly speak of. This issued verdict is called a fatwa and it is a normal part of Islam. There are many situations and circumstances the Muslim Ummah faces in every new era, and to know the correct ruling for them, fatwa and Ijtihaad is needed.

And Allah knows best.