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ICNA Joins International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM

02 6 16



NEW YORK, NY (February 6, 2016) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) joins the rest of the world in recognizing today, February 6th, 2016 as the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation or FGM.

Not only does it violate health issues but at best it would be considered Makruh Tahreemi (an undesirable act, bordering with the forbidden, though not clearly forbidden by the Law) other than that it would be totally forbidden or Haraam in Islam.

To alter the creation of Allah, The All-Wise is exactly what Satan plans to do with the human beings. In Qur’an Allah SWT informs of the conversation with Satan before he was cast out of the gardens.

Allah cursed him. And he [Shaitan (Satan)] said: “I will take an appointed portion of your slaves;

Verily, I will mislead them, and surely, I will arouse in them false desires; and certainly, I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and indeed I will order them to change the nature created by Allah.” And whoever takes Shaitan (Satan) as a Wali (protector or helper) instead of Allah, has surely suffered a manifest loss.

He [Shaitan (Satan)] makes promises to them, and arouses in them false desires; and Shaitan’s (Satan) promises are nothing but deceptions.
Quran (4:118-120)

The reasoning given for this heinous act of female circumcision is that it reduces the sexual urge of the female. But female circumcision does not have a temporary outcome. In fact, it has a permanent effect to the point that it affects the girl’s future ability to enjoy sexual relations with her husband; something not allowed in Islam.

But FGM does not stop there often it is done under very unhygienic conditions and young girls can have permanent damage and in some case leading to death. More often than not these acts are done culturally then people try to look into the sources of Islam to try and justify them. So to justify this act with anything in the name of Islam is to abuse both the human rights and the Islamic tenets and thus should be totally outlawed.

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  • Curt Stout

    FGM is not haram? Really? Since when and which fatwas should the “true believer” follow?
    The Ayatollah Khamenei; “if the husband of a Muslim woman wants her to get circumcised then, “(the) implementation of husband’s order is obligatory for the wife if it does not have disadvantages or it is not harmful for the wife, she has to listen to her husband’s request.”
    “In 2013, the Indonesian Ulema Council – Indonesia’s top Muslim clerical body – ruled that it favors FGM, stating that although it is not mandatory, it is still “morally recommended”.[45] The Ulema has been pushing Indonesian government to circumcise girls, claiming it is part of Islamic teachings”
    “I will mislead them, and I will create in them false desires; I will order them to slit the ears of cattle, and to deface the (fair) nature created by Allah.” Whoever, forsaking Allah, takes satan for a friend, hath of a surety suffered a loss that is manifest.” Qur’an 4:119 is often quoted as evidence against FGM but strangely has no effect on male circumcision.
    “Many of the Brothers (and Salafis) argue that while it is not mandatory, it is nevertheless mukarama (preferable, pleasing in the eyes of God). They also quote hadith (saying attributed to the Prophet) which stipulates that FGM should involve ‘cutting, but only lightly’.”