Wednesday, December 28, 2005

You Don't
Issue A Fatwa
On Me,
I Issue
A Fatwa
On You

I don't know why my man, Elmer's Brother, isn't posting this stuff over at IBA, but oh well. Anyway, check out his post on Fatwas:

I guess there is a Fatwa Management and Research System for all your fatwa needs. This system must employ a lot of people. Sometimes fatwa's are issued for what seem like mundane matters. There is Fatwa Online for the computer literate or when you open a bank you might want to consult the The Fatwa & Shari'ah Supervision Board. If you don't like what an author says you can do what Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini did:

"I inform the proud Muslim people of the world that the author of the Satanic Verses book which is against Islam, the Prophet and the Koran, and all involved in its publication who were aware of its content, are sentenced to death."

FATWA issued February, 1989against Salman RushdieThe moderate Muslims are trying to change who has control over the issuing of fatwas. You know what I say "fatwa chance" of that happening.It's becoming known as the war of the fatwas: the dizzying exchange of proclamations between Islamic moderates and militants on what it means to be Muslim.

The duels have been waged everywhere from pamphlets to cyberspace. (more)For those of you who don't know:

fatwa (Arabic): Legally binding, religious ruling/proclamation or

A fatwa (Arabic: فتوى) plural fatāwa (Arabic: فتاوى) , is a legal pronouncement in Islam, issued by a religious law specialist on a specific issue. Usually a fatwa is issued at the request of an individual or a judge to settle a question where ’’fiqh,’’ Islamic jurisprudence, is unclear.

A scholar capable of issuing fatwas is known as a Mufti.

Because Islam has no centralized priestly hierarchy, there is no uniform method to determine who can issue a valid fatwa and who cannot. Some Islamic scholars complain that too many people feel qualified to issue fatwas.

Different Islamic clerics can issue contradictory fatwas. The effect depends upon whether or not this takes place in a nation where Islamic law (sharia) is the basis of civil law.

Go read the rest.

Thanks to Always on Watch for sending that over to me.