Ahmed al-Haddad, the Grand Mufti of Dubai, has issued a fatwa stating that women can apply for the position of mufti (an Islamic legal scholar) and will hold the position that allows them to rule equally to men on all aspects of life.
al-Arabiya reports on Dr. Haddad's ruling:
"If a woman reaches the level of education that enables her to issue fatwas, then she has the right to work as a mufti and issue fatwas on all possible issues," Haddad said in his ruling.
Since issuing fatwas means informing people of the laws of God, anyone who has the required knowledge has the right to do so, said Haddad, citing a verse from the Quran that requires those who know about God's laws never to withhold the knowledge they have.
"These instructions from the Quran include everyone, male or female" Haddad said.