Islamic apologists in the West maintain that female genital mutilation has nothing to do with Islam, and that only greasy Islamophobes think otherwise. But eventually Muslims themselves get around to vindicating every last charge that greasy Islamophobes have ever made about Islamic belief and practice.
“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” —‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64
“Female circumcision is a right, says imam,” by Rachel Baxendale for The Australian, December 24:
“Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision,” he wrote. “The definition under Islamic law for female circumcision is exclusively the removal of the uppermost extra skin at the top of the clitoral glans.
“Female circumcision in its legitimate form is a personal and human right of a woman; genital mutilation is a horrible crime.”
Imam Afroz indicated he believed the practice should only be performed on post-pubescent women. The imam argued his definition of female circumcision was the same as labiaplasty, or genital cosmetic surgery, which was legal in Australia.
Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists vice-president Ajay Rane said he had three main concerns about Imam Afroz’s paper.
“Firstly, I felt that there was confusion in the article itself. On the one hand, he’s saying female circumcision is supposed to be a woman’s right in Islam, on the other, he’s saying it’s a cultural thing,” he said. “The second issue is that of consent, and the third is who does these procedures?
“How do you train them to understand the difference between removal of a small and large amount? How do you control that?”…