only by senior scholars: Saudi Ruler
In a move that can
probably work as a model for the Muftis in India, Saudi King
Abdullah has issued a royal order saying only approved scholars can
issue religious edicts or decrees
Saudi Arabia is mulling the idea of setting up an official
television channel and radio station for accredited Muslim scholars
to issue fatwas, or religious edicts, reports said Saturday.
The television channel will “create a credible link between the
inquirer from inside or outside the kingdom and the authorised
clerics” through free hot lines for people from all over the world,
the daily al-Youm reported.
Sources indicated that the channel would be based in the Saudi
capital of Riyadh.
The channel would be part of Saudi Arabia’s recent efforts to stop
unauthorised clerics issuing unorthodox religious decrees.
Earlier this month, Saudi King Abdullah issued a decree that allows
only officially-appointed scholars to issue public fatwas, in the
kingdom’s first such large-scale reform of the religious rulings.