King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia has issued a decree stating only senior clerics are permitted to issue fatwas, or Islamic religious edicts, the official SPA news agency says.Dang, gonna make it harder for me to get a fatwa.
It cited the text of the decree as saying for the time being, only members of the Council of Senior Ulema (scholars) will be allowed to issue fatwas.
The ruling comes during the first week of Ramadan, the holy fasting month for Muslims worldwide.
In the decree, the Saudi monarch also asks the grand mufti, who heads the council, to submit a list of others who are qualified to issue fatwas.
The limitation is necessary because many individuals have started superceding the authority of official religious bodies and issued fatwas that cause disputes and dissent among Muslims, the decree said on Thursday.
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Cross posted at the Jawa Report