A chapter of a prominent American Islamic group will meet in Santa Clara today to endorse a ruling condemning terrorism. The fatwa, or edict, against terror and religious extremism was recently issued by the Fiqh Council of North America, an association of Islamic legal scholars that interprets Muslim religious law. The fatwa has been endorsed by more than 150 Muslim groups and leaders, and the Council on American-Islamic Relations San Francisco Bay Area Chapter is the latest to approve it. In the fatwa issued last week, the council wrote that people who commit terrorism in the name of Islam were ''criminals, not 'martyrs.' '' ''There is no justification in Islam for extremism or terrorism,'' the scholars wrote. ''Targeting civilians' life and property through suicide bombings or any other method of attack is haram -- or forbidden.''