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The practice of female circumcision or female genital mutilation in Islam

Mohd, Azizah and Alhaji, Umar Alkali (2015) The practice of female circumcision or female genital mutilation in Islam. Al-Hikmah University Law Journal, 1 (2). 166 -179. ISSN 2476-8510

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The practice of female circumcision pre-dates Islam. The Jews and the Coptic Christians in Egypt are known for this practice. The basis for female circumcision is basically the Sunnah of the Prophet pbuh, the tradition from compilation of Abu Dawood. The Muslim scholars that see no wrong in female circumcision themselves approve of the practice when it is done in such a manner that does not cause harm or danger to the female child. This is also reflects that female circumcision in Islamic perspective is totally different with female genital mutilation as practiced in certain cultures. Under no circumstance is a person allowed to cause harm to another under Islamic law, hence the practice of female genital mutilation that causes harm to female child is haram and does not have any backing from the Qur’an, hadith, Ijma and other sources of Islamic law. This paper wishes to examine female circumcision and female genital mutilation in Islam as to whether it is part of religious act or a mere cultural practise. This paper intends to expose the position of Islamic law on female circumcision in line with the fact that such practice has a far reaching negative effect on the physical and psychological wellbeing of the female child. It equally intends to table the views of muslim scholars on the practice. Finally, the paper will examine the practice of female circumcision in Malaysia. Doctrinal methodology was used in the work. The work finds that the pratice of female genital mutilation mostly practiced in Nigeria is contrary to Islamic Principles. There is therefore the need for the Muslims to stand against the practice.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 1931/49829
Uncontrolled Keywords: Female Circumcision, female genital mutilation, Islamic law, child protection, child welfare.
Subjects: K Law > KBP Islamic Law > KBP1 Islamic law.Shariah.Fiqh
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Islamic Law
Depositing User: Dr Azizah Mohd
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2016 16:11
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2016 09:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/49829

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