Unfortunately, Grand Mufti Abdulaziz al-Sheikh and his colleagues who issued the fatwa against The 99 fit that description.
In an interview, the artist says Tehran is instigating outrage—and he fears a fatwa.
Some have even suggested a fatwa should be placed on him while others have threatened they would be “glad to cut your neck off”.
She was driven from office by death threats when a Mullah announced a fatwa on her and called her Afghanistan's Salman Rushdie.
But the years since have revealed that, indeed, there is nothing to fear—or revere—about the fatwa.
Not all fatwa fights provided such a vivid illustration of the way a country actually works.
In fact, nowadays, you can get a fatwa to validate any point you want to make.
Twenty years ago, we rose in judgment against the fatwa applied to Salman Rushdie.
The fatwa drove Rushdie into hiding, but his publisher, who was also condemned to death by it, stood firm.
The fatwa of a Muhammadan law officer should be dispensed with in such cases.
1620s, from Arabic fetwa "a decision given by a mufti," related to fata "to instruct by a legal decision." Popularized 1989 when Ayatollah Khomeini of Iran issued a ruling sentencing author Salman Rushdie to death for publishing "The Satanic Verses" (1988). It was lifted 1998.