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Ruling 4

There are four ways to obtain a fatwa, i.e. a religious edict issued by a mujtahid:

1. hearing it from the mujtahid himself;
2. hearing it from two dutiful people who narrate the mujtahid’s fatwa;
3. hearing it from someone whose word one trusts;
4. reading it in the manual of Islamic rulings (risālah) of the mujtahid, on condition that one has confidence in the manual being correct.

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