Of late, Muslim scholars are tempted to issue religious edicts or "fatwas" including by Malaysian "ulamas" commenting on political and social issues. It is in fact "unauthorized".
According to chairman of the Cairo-based Cultural Establishment for dialogue between civilizations and a noted Islamic thinker, Abdul Malik Mansour, there is a need to establish religious institutions dedicated to the issuing of fatwas.
He was referring, in particular, to satellite tv channels in the Arab world for hosting men who issues "fatwas" without referring to recognized religious institutions.
In Malaysia, the National Fatwa Council is the established authority and not individuals.
Fatwas issued by unauthorized individuals should be rejected, added Abdul Malik.
"Fatwa is a religion and not an opinion. It should not be issued according to someone's wishes and opinions," he said.