in Misconceptions

Fallacious yet widespread and documented beliefs courtesy of Wikipedia.
A fatwa is a non-binding legal opinion issued by an Islamic scholar under Islamic law. The popular misconception that the word means a death sentence probably stems from the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini of Iran in 1989 regarding the author Salman Rushdie, who he stated had earned a death sentence for blasphemy. This event led to fatwas gaining widespread media attention in the West.