Yes, fatawa need to take into account the current context and the local culture. But just because you don’t like the contents of a fatwa does not mean that the mufti did not take these things into account. Sometimes our context and our culture are not different enough in the relevant way to affect the legal status of the thing in question. After all, for some issues, no matter how much our context and culture differ from 7th century Arabia, we are still human beings with the same basic needs and proclivities.


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