What is the true Islamic perception on circumcision? How do we see female circumcision? Is circumcision associated with the culture or is it supported with Qur’an/Sunnah.
Please give an explanation.
Circumcision is a practice transmitted to us through the practical perpetuation of the companions of the Prophet (pbuh) and every subsequent generation after the companions. There is complete consensus of the whole Muslim Ummah on this practice. Circumcision is thus the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh).
This is a practice, which was initiated by the prophet Ibraheem – Abraham — (pbuh). Its primary reason is cleanliness. Moreover, the Prophet (pbuh) has also instituted circumcision as a symbol for the Muslims. However, this practice of the Prophets‘ (pbuh) is only restricted to men. Women are excluded form this practice and wherever female circumcision is being practiced it is because of the culture of that region. This heinous practice is actually the reason of genital mutilation of thousands of girls through out the world every year. It seems that female circumcision was initiated primarily to curtail female sexual desire – a concept, which has no basis in Islam. However, to make it more acceptable, it is normally disguised in the cloak of religion.
I hope this explanation answers your question. You can always get back if you are still unclear. However, this is only my opinion in this regard and I admit any chance of mistake in forming this opinion. I would be open to other points of view if based on stronger reasons. May Allah guide us all towards the right path.
Note: This response is written by Mr. Amar Ellahi Lone