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Offline Uzair Ahmed

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What is FGM? Is it allowed in Islam?
« on: July 26, 2014, 03:22:00 PM »
Isis 'orders Female Genital multilation ' for women in Mosul.

The UN says the militant Islamist group has ordered all women and girls in Mosul, northern #Iraq, to undergo FGM.

The fatwa, or religious edict, applied to females between the ages of 11 and 46.

So my question is what is FGM i have searched on google but i didn't understood also it is allowed in islam or not?
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Re: What is FGM? Is it allowed in Islam?
« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2014, 06:46:33 PM »

In summary, it is clearly stated in the link that FGM is not allowed at all in Islam - and even female circumcision is largely held to not be obligatory. Here are some select excerpts from the article, which clarify why (without going on for too long)

"it must be publicly and categorically stated that female genital mutilation is prohibited under Islamic Law".

"It is noteworthy that the English term ‘circumcision’ is defined to include the practice of mutilation of the female genitalia, i.e., cutting off of the clitoris."

"But this Paper is...aimed at setting the record straight regarding what Islam’s position is on two kinds of acts: female circumcision in the one hand and female genital mutilation in another. They are, in fact, two very different, and unrelated, kinds of acts; the former being permissible and the latter completely forbidden under Islamic Law. "

"A woman who was known as Umm ‘Attiyah was known in Madinah to perform female circumcision [probably even from before the advent of Islam] and the Messenger of God, upon whom be peace and blessings of God The Exalted, said to her, “Umm ‘Attiyah, when you do circumcise, restrict yourself to cut a minute part and do not excise the glans. That will be far more pleasant for the wife and satisfying for the husband.”[10]"
- the reference note given here is:
Majma al-Zawa’id, al-Haythami (Dar ul-Kutb al-‘Ilmiyah, Beirut, 1999); also in al-Mu’jam al-Awsāt, al-Tabarani (Dar al-Kitab al-Arabi, unknown date of publication); and numerous others with verified chains of narration.

Regarding the above hadeeth, the author then reiterates: "It is noteworthy that this Hadith clearly distinguishes between circumcision and genital mutilation or cutting".

"What are the evidences that Islam rejects and prohibits the practice of clitoral removal, clitoral cutting, and the like?
Firstly, the very definition of the Arabic term used for female circumcision – khafđ al-mar-āt – is defined by Classical Lexicons as follows:
“Removal of the uppermost skin at the top of her glans.”[14]"

The author goes on to say the female circumcision is not the removal of the labia, nor of the clitoris - rather it is the removal of a minute bit of skin that covers the clitoris and is excess. He states that this female circumcision (khafd), as opposed to an absence of any circumcision, is held to be as follows by the fiqh of the four madhaahib: Shafi'i - obligatory (although he quotes Imam an-Nawawi saying "The sound view in our school (Shafi`i), which is shared by the large majority of our companions, is that circumcision is allowed in a youthful age but not obligatory.”), Maaliki - recommended by sunnah, Hanbali - recommended by sunnah, Hanafi - merely desirable.


Hope this helps.

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Offline Uzair Ahmed

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Re: What is FGM? Is it allowed in Islam?
« Reply #2 on: July 27, 2014, 09:47:38 AM »
Thanks +ThatMuslimGuy  8)


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