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Increase role of National Fatwa Council

The establishment of fatwa institutions can be traced back to before Independence. Each state’s Islamic council housed its own mufti, and a mufti also served as judge (kadi) and presided over cases at the syariah court. From a legal perspective, the personal views of a mufti are not considered as fatwas. An official fatwa can only be issued collectively through the respective states’ fatwa committee chaired by the mufti. A fatwa is only binding upon Muslims in the state it is issued, provided it receives the sultan’s consent and completes its gazette period. The problem is that fatwas often conflict at the national and state levels, thus becoming a source of confusion to the Muslim masses.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)



Dr Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mohamed Azam Mohamed Adil is Deputy CEO of the International Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS) Malaysia.

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