Royal order announced on issuing of fatwas
August 12, 2010
The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz issued a royal order today limiting the issuing of fatwas (religious edicts) to members of the Senior Ulema (religious scholars) Commission and others specifically permitted to issue such rulings. The order excludes unannounced, individual, private fatwas pertaining to rituals, dealings and personal matters. The royal order noted that anyone violating these restrictions will be punished.