Relevance of Fatwa?


Fatwa is a religious dictate in Islam prohibiting, directing, instructing an individual or a community to follow the verdict so pronounced as from its head. Muslims give more weightage to such verdicts in comparison to the laws of the land. Fatwas include even death sentence like it happened in the case of Salman Rushdie who was awarded death penalty by the then Islamic Head Ayotullah Khoemani of Iran. Fatwas are also issued from time to time in regard to dress codes for men and women. A fatwa was issued some time back terming tattoos as anti Islam. Another fatwa has since been issued by Darul Uloom Deoband against dyeing hair black in both the cases of men and women. Dyeing hair, as they say, is anti Islam and is against Shariah. Exception is, however, granted to those who use henna for the purpose.

It is a matter of faith to follow such directions, but there has to be some limit to this. Directions in the matter of people’s routine life appear to be too much of a dictate crippling their rights to lead a free life with dignity and decency. Moreover, directions issued in the name of a fatwa should not be allowed to clash with the laws of the land.

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16 thoughts on “Relevance of Fatwa?”

  1. Oh, henna’s okay; but the other crap in a bottle is not?

    Actually, henna is a good remedy for hair. Yet never used the stuff. Maybe he {Deoband} has a point since the inventore of hair dye and the founder of L’Oreal was a man called Shueller. Who’s only daughter married into the Bettencourt family. Now reportedly worth 24 billion dollars. She and her daughter Francoise Bettancourt Meyers had a falling out and a 3-yer legal battle which removed her from the board.

    More to the point the Bettancourt-Meyers own Nestle. Who’s dumping of baby formula milk onto the under-developed world. Was and is, scandalous! Obviously they are just bricks-in-the-wall of human decency. So, maybe this man is genuinely trying to help his people?

    Regardless, I tried reading the Koran to understand this man called “the prophet”. It was one of the hardest books for me to understand. While I have met a few muslims. Never was able to understand, what about their religion, was attractive? Generally, I am about live and let live. My small amount of time in a muslim country was unpleasant. With their leering over women and that noise coming out of the mosques all day and night.

    Fatwas seem like an arrogant way of dealing with social problems, or things disapproved of?

    As you say, “Directions in the matter of people’s routine life appear to be too much of a dictate crippling their rights to lead a free life with dignity and decency. Moreover, directions issued in the name of a fatwa should not be allowed to clash with the laws of the land”. …… Just about puts it into perspective, I would say!

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      1. Thanks neelkanth!
        While not wishing to dump upon those who take their religion seriously. It seems that the Judaic-Christian based religions, including muslims. All seem to have priests who talk ,the talk. With few of them actually walking, the walk? As someone with a christian background. It is reprehensible to me, to see so little of their faith applied. To the point of it being hypocrisy. They’re all supposed to share the same deity?

        Which leads me,at least, to the conclusion. That it is a collusion of conspiracy? Fanning the flames of hatred, to bring about another outcome. Using the ordinary people and ignorance, as pawns in some sort of sick game.

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  2. Fatwas have no concern with religion , it is only impetration by some of the people to show their supremacy and to save kingdom. NO religion interferes so minutely in people’s life.

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  3. I THINK NOW A DAYS FATWAS ARE NOTHING MORE THAN AN OPINION BY RELIGIOUS SCHOLARS . FATWAS ARE NON-BINDING AND HAVE NO REAL AUTHORITY OR FORCE OF LAW OVER A POPULATION, UNLESS THE PEOPLE CHOOSE TO MAKE IT SO. EVEN IN 1980’S, WHEN AYATOLLAH KHOMEINI ISSUED HIS FAMOUS DEATH FATWA AGAINST SALMAN RUSHDIE OVER SATANIC VERSES, MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN PAID LITTLE TO NO ATTENTION TO THE DEMAND TO KILL THE INDIAN AUTHOR.

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  4. Sir, the change is the fundamental feature of life necessary for continuation of living kingdom. So called religious persons to maintain their grip on their society issue fatwas and create impediments in the process of natural changes occurring in society. Such type of fatwas are loosing relevancy. The times seems to be not far away when there would be very strong retaliation against such type of fatwas as these can’t be sustained by the society anymore.

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  5. Since FATWA on Salman Rushdie,I understand that it has become very common. Often I find that when ever any Islamic head became in mood to establish his superiority he issued a FATWA.I fully agree with the view of Bloger that routine life should not be scrippled.
    Meaning of religion in HINDI is DHARM,DHARM means JO DHARAN KARNE YOGYA HO.I do not admit that FATWA has any relevance with Islamic religion, rather it can be said that acceptence of FATWA is the lack of education and thus I do not understand that FATWA is a matter of faith.
    Sir, one thing I want to add in my comment that the flood of FATWAS are the result of Government’s attitude which is confined with chair only not with the welfare of the people.

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