Etiquette and qualification for giving a fatwa by imam an-Nawawi

Imam an-Nawawi rahimahullah said in his book “Adab al-Fatwa wa’l-Mufti wa’l-Mustafti”:

“It is not permissible (laa yajoozu) for a person of one area or country, not aware of the customs and the circumstances of another area to issue fatwa in that place, until he is fully acquainted with the people of it, their style of speaking and what they mean by their words and expressions.”

Source: Imam an-Nawawi, The Etiquettes and Qualifications of Issuing Islamic Judgment, of a Mufti, and of the one seeking his opinion, Al Fardani Publishers and Distributors, Birmingham UK, 1997, 31 (40). The original Arabic version of this book can be downloaded here: http://www.archive.org/details/167_nawawi_adab.alfatwa.w.almufti.w.almustafti

10 Comments

Filed under Fatawa, Fiqh

10 responses to “Etiquette and qualification for giving a fatwa by imam an-Nawawi

  1. Umar

    Salaam. From where might I obtain the english translation of this work please? Having trouble finding it and need it for some research. Thanks.

  2. haruni

    Wa ‘aleykum salam wa rahmatullah. As far as I know there is no English translation of this work as of yet. W’Allahu ‘alam.

  3. Umar

    Actually there is. I have the publisher name and translator name but can’t find a copy except in a library in Germany.

  4. haruni

    Ok, that’s is great. Could you share that info with me please? Who is the publisher and the translator? And what is the title in English?

  5. Umar

    From an article footnote:

    Nawawï’s work has been translated by a British Muslim publishing house: Al-Nawawï, Adab al-Fatwa wal Mufti wal Mustaftï— The Etiquette’s and Qualifications of Issuing Islamic Judgement, Of a Mufti, and of the one seeking his opinion, tr. Shaykh Muhammad Bashir (Birmingham: Al-Fardani, non-dated).

    If you find a copy let me know. Ive also recently been informed another translation of this work is imminent by a Mahdi Lock. If it comes to me Ill let you know. Ws.

  6. haruni

    Barak Allahu fik brother, this is great. I’ll look for it insha’Allah.

  7. Umar

    If you email me I can send you a translation of this work.

  8. haruni

    Ok, I will insha’Allah. Barak Allahu fikum.

  9. CB

    I need the translation, please !!

  10. haruni

    Just Google it and you will find it insha’Allah. It is on http://www.naseemalsham.com and the blog of brother Mahdi Lock.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s