Even the World Health Organisation notes that many do so because they think it’s religious…
"religious reasons: Some Muslim communities, however, practise FGM in the belief that it is demanded by the Islamic faith. The practice, however, predates Islam."
One can do both.
I’m flabbergasted that you would twist my post around into saying that. Nowhere did I make such a claim about the FGM think-tank supporting it.
Let’s go over this one more time.
I said that Islam is not against female genital mutilation. I cited an Hadith (not necessarily a strong one) about Muhammad simply advocating a less severe form of this.
You cite a newspaper article to say that this hadith is a fabrication.
Nowhere in your cited site does it make this claim. Nowhere. You misrepresent your own source. Then I note that IN YOUR SOURCE some clerics think that is allowable. I don’t maintain that they are representative of any particular school of thought, or any group, even the FGM think-tank. Simply that this evidence backs up MY contention that Islam is not against female genital mutilation. Your source agrees with ME.
No that’s not it at all. There’s a total difference between saying
“This is required by Islam"
"This is allowed by Islam”
They are saying that it is not REQUIRED. This does not mean it is FORBIDDEN.
"The Al-Azhar University in Cairo has issued several fatwas endorsing FGC, in 1949, 1951 and 1981"
Gad-al-hak: Khitan al banat, pp. 3119-3125, in Sami A. Aldeeb, Mutiler, Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé, 1993, p. 191, accessed by Wiki on 25 December 2006
Same thing. And it also works that things that happened in his life are NOT ALLOWED too. Like temporary marriage (as according to Sunni Islam). Simply twisting one thing to mean another is not helpful to your case.
There’s heaps of examples in Islam where something was allowed for a particular group for a particular time, such as the fact that Muhammad was allowed nine wives. This thing allowed for him is not allowed for you. I would be wrong if I suggested that just because he was allowed nine wives, so are you.
One fundamental of the Islamic law is that what is not prohibited is allowed
For the record this site says that medical evidence shows FGM is harmful and therefore recommends that the laws in Islam against harmful practice now be called upon. At best this acknowledges that it was ‘allowed in Islam’ until now. Which is what I stated.
However, given that there is medical evidence that suggests male circumcision is harmful, I am keen to see what Islam says about this.
It is interesting also to note that those in Islam who are against it offer the following Koranic verse…
“We have indeed created man[kind] in the best of moulds” (Al-Tin 95:4)
It could also be used to argue against male circumcision.