History of Dar Al-Ifta

Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta

Egypt’s Dar Al-Ifta is one of the first pioneering foundations to issue fatwas (religious verdicts) throughout the Islamic world. It was founded and affiliated with the ministry of Justice in 1895 by the high command of Khedive Abbas Helmi. The organization began as one of the divisions of the Egyptian Ministry of Justice. Since its foundation, Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta has played a significant role in religious consultation, capital punishment sentences, and other legal chores referred to the institution seeking the Grand Mufti's judgment. Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta’s role does not stop at this point; it is not limited by domestic boundaries but extends beyond Egypt as an expertise house to issue guidance for Muslims worldwide.

Since its establishment, Egypt's Dar Al-Ifta has been the primary institution representing Islam and the importance of Islamic legal research. The leadership role of the Dar is best shown by its records of fatwas since its establishment to the present day. Dar Al-Ifta plays a significant role in giving rulings (fatwas) to Muslims all over the world and consultation for the judiciary in Egypt.

It serves a historic and civic purpose by keeping Muslims in touch with their Islamic ideals and principles in our modern society; clarifying issues, removing doubts concerning religion and life, and revealing religious laws for new issues. Egypt’s Dar al-Ifta is perceived as a scholarly reference for adopting a moderate methodology in understanding rulings derived from inherited jurisprudence, creating a consistency between Islamic law and the needs of society.

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