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How to Combat Destructive Fatwa




By His Eminence Shaikh Ahmed al Khalili, Grand Mufti of the Sultanate — It is commonly known that Fatwa (legal judgment or interpretation issued by a jurist or mufti) should be based on evidence form the holy Quran and Hadith. Fatwa should not be influenced by any factors that can cause disunity such as racial prejudice. It is an unfortunate fact that some people are issuing fatwa in public without being qualified for fatwa hence their judgements are more emotional than rational nor abiding by juristic evidence which is why such fatwas often divert from the provisions of the holy Quran and the spirit of Islam which calls for tolerance and co-operation, for righteousness and togetherness and has nothing to do with strife and disunion.
It is common nowadays that fatwa drives a wedge between people when it comes from those who seek nothing but to spread sedition and ignite hatred among a nation that is already in disagreement. They do not make Quran a source of judgments nor do they refer to Allah the Almighty and the authentic Hadith of the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). Their sole aim is to instil fanaticism and bias for a specific sect, ignoring the fact that all sects should refer to God and His Messenger Muhammed (PBUH) as Allah the Exalted says : (O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result).
Judgement should be referred to God and the Messenger (PBUH) and not to any narrow fanaticism; fatwa should be issued by those with pure hearts and souls and who are linked to Allah the Almighty and saturated with the teachings of Islam, a fatwa that is made as such will no doubt be constructive, yielding consolidation and tolerance amongst the nation.




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