The General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide celebrates International Day for Ifta', announces new projects ahead of 2021
December 15, 2020
Under the title “Fatwa and Meeting the Challenges”, the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide celebrated on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 the International Day for Ifta presenting the role of Fatwa in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic crisis that hit the world including Muslim communities.
Dr. Shawki Allam—President of the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide, Egypt’s Mufti—stated in a news statement that this date was purposefully chosen to coincide with the day of the establishment of the General Secretariat for Fatwa Authorities Worldwide which officially celebrated last year for the first time.
“International days are always occasions for educating the public on issues of concern. At the heart of this new awareness campaign lies the collective will and determination of fatwa authorities uniting under a single umbrella to separate the truth of fatwa and ifta` from propagated falsehoods amidst the Covid-19 challenges ,” Dr. Allam said. Towards this aim, the President of the General Secretariat announced a set of new projects that will be launched and implemented during the coming year 2021 including for instance compiling an Encyclopedia on Fatwa Principles and another that covers the role of Fatwa in achieving the goals of sustainable development and holding the annual international conference of the General Secretariat under the theme “Fatwa Institutions in the Digital Age”.
The objectives of the International Day for Ifta` are fully aligned with the interests of both Muslims and non-Muslims in that they have as their key focus removing all misconceptions and helping people identify erroneous information which leads to erroneous conceptualizations on the institution of fatwa and Islamic teachings in general.