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Parliamentary question - E-002971/2020Parliamentary question

Problem of online fatwas

Question for written answer E-002971/2020
to the Commission
Rule 138
Silvia Sardone (ID)


A fatwa is an opinion on a point of Islamic law. Under the Islamic legal system, each judge sits alone but may seek advice from an expert, who must be a muftì, concerning particular issues. Such a request for advice may also be made by a person bringing a case before a court. However, the mufti's opinion is non-binding. Today, there is a serious problem with online fatwas, which are often taken as having the same status as actual laws and exploited to justify terrorist activities or radical propaganda. Many of these fatwas concern the relationship between Islam and modernity, and, if interpreted by people whose opinion is not authoritative and who are not experts, there is a risk that they may stir up hatred towards the Western countries where many Muslims live.

The following questions arise:

Last updated: 31 May 2020
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