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The concept of fatwa (Islamic verdict) in Malaysia and the constitutional dilemma: a legislation or legal opinion?

Chiroma, Magaji and Arifin, Mahamad and Ansari, Abdul Haseeb and Abdullah, Mohamad Asmadi (2014) The concept of fatwa (Islamic verdict) in Malaysia and the constitutional dilemma: a legislation or legal opinion? International Journal of Business, Economics and Law, 4 (3). pp. 11-19. ISSN 2289-1552

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In Malaysia, fatwa has been considered as a religious verdict that assists in regulating Muslim’s conduct of activities in the country. The Federal constitution of Malaysia has vested the responsibility for enacting laws in the hands of the Parliament at the Federal level and in the state Assemblies at the state level. On the other lane, the Administration of Islamic Law enactments of various states and Federal Territories in Malaysia have provided for the establishment of fatwa institutions in order to issue a binding fatwa and to regulate Islamic verdicts in various states in the country. This process of issuing legal verdicts has been drawing the attention of some people as to its constitutionality. Thus, it has been perceived as usurpation of the legislative powers of the Parliament and state Assemblies as enshrined in the Malaysian Federal Constitution. In reaction to the above, the paper attempts to examine the role and legal status of fatwa within the context of the Malaysian laws with a view to clarifying its legal position.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6585/37654
Uncontrolled Keywords: Role of fatwa, Legal status of fatwa, Malaysia, Legislation, legal opinion
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Depositing User: Professor Abdul Haseeb Ansari
Date Deposited: 13 Aug 2014 11:42
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2018 15:43
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/37654

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