Call for Appointing Female Muftis

A senior Saudi cleric ​recently ​ called for the appointment of female Islamic scholars or “muftis” within Saudi Arabia’s Council of Senior Scholars. Muftis are jurists qualified to give authoritative legal opinions known as fatwas while interpreting Islamic law. Sheikh Abduallah Al Mutlaq, a member of the council, said female muftis would offer fatwas particularly on women’s issues. In a televised program,  ​he​  said: “I call on the Grand Mufti to employ our daughters who are in universities such as the Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University and Umm Al-Qura University and others who specialize in Islamic law.”

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