Professor Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Al-Mubarak is an academic at the College of Sharia, at the Imam Muhammad Ibn Saud Islamic University, Saudi Arabia.
The Internet, satellite television and even the telephone are now increasingly used in Islam to transfer Fatwas — religious decrees.
A fatwa is a ruling by a recognized Islamic scholar, often on a weighty matter. But the traditional definition is becoming blurred as Muslims turn to Islamic websites and “tele-imams” for advice on how to live their lives. However, traditional and very rigidly produced Fatwas are now seeing a change. Many modern Muftis and academics increasingly finding a need to localize, and individualize Fatwas, according to the situated context of the person requesting the Fatwa, the cultural context, and a number of other factors.
Traditional styles and philosophies influencing the development of Fatwas now see a strengthening and a exemplifying, and a strong movement toward considering a number of more intricate factors.