as-salamu alaykum ulama-e-kiram,
please can u explain the difference in the above terms w.r.t. fatawa issued by ulama thru the centuries.
what are the original arabic terms and meanings for these words, and is there a difference when translating fatawa into english so that a translator must either use the word 'consensus' of the ulama or 'majority' of the ulama?
and what are the implications on the ordinairy muslim when confronted with 'consensus' and/or 'majority' rulings?
hope that makes sense!