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Mufti of Oman: “We can’t describe it as a crime against women”

By Stop FGM Middle East. 21.1.2014.

The Omani human rights activist Habiba Al Hinai send the Mufti of Oman an inquiry about the stance of Islam towards FGM. The Mufti of Oman replied in a letter in early December 2013:

Circumcision  is allowed in Sunnah, and none of the old Ulama (religious legal scholars) have said it was “hated”, but they have disagreed if its a “must” or a preferable sunnah to do, or allowed to do. The confusion was based on different hadiths by the prophet, and whether to consider these  hadiths as true and correct. They (the hadith) never mount up that it is a must, and it was always mentioned in relation to male circumcisions.

Even though its not an operation you must perform on women, we can’t describe it as a crime against women or as a violation of women’s rights. What is referred  to as FGM is not the practise that the Sunnah talked about. Circumcision is simple and clear to cut a piece of the clitoris without causing any damage, every thing that is not this shouldn’t be called circumcision.

Therefor what ever the WHO described as circumcision is not accurate as these are bad  practises of those unable to perform proper circumcision.

Therefore, circumcision is not allowed by sharia if it causes damages, this is a rule: to damage and no damager, and if it was medically proven by well trusted doctors that circumcising women will cause damage, it should be banned based on the no harm rule of the sharia.

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  1. […] religious authority, the Mufti of Oman, is ambivalent on the issue of FGM. In a reply to a letter by Habiba Al Hinai, he wrote that it is not a must, but not a violation of women’s […]

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