Female circumcision (which includes a variety of cutting of female genitals from minor to major) is known as Female Genital Mutilation FGM

Female circumcision (which includes a various degrees of cutting of female genitals from minor to major) is known as Female Genital Mutilation FGM
Photo Credit: J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press

Canadian Muslim site advocates for female circumcision

How Misogynists and Feminists are feeding upon each other to denigrate an Islamic practice that brings untold benefits to women (Asiff Hussein -Muslims in Calgary website)

The article first appeared quietly on an Islamic website in Calgary Alberta, in July, but is now attracting greater attention.

The opinion piece on the “Muslims in Calgary” website opens with a large banner saying male and female circumcision has immense scientific and medical benefits,

Author Asiff Hussein also blames Jews and the western media for distortions about female circumcision (which is in many cases actually “excision”.)

“Much has been written about it even by Western Doctors but these studies have been conveniently overlooked to conform to Islamophobic sentiments expressed by a largely Jewish controlled media”. Asiff Hussein

The author then goes on to explain that under sharia law, only the “prepuce” or small skin covering the clitoris is required and that removal of the clitoris or any or all of the labia is against sharia.

Road sign in Uganda 2004
Road sign in Uganda 2004 © Amnon- wiki commons

It is widely known however that female circumcision often involves removal of the clitoris and sometimes the labia, including sewing of the folds together.

It is widely accepted female circumcision of any degree is classed as “female genital mutilation” or FGM.

Anti-FGM activist Leyla Hussein with protestors at a rally outside town hall in Maidenhead, UK, on August 30th, 2013. Various estimates say some 60,000 cases of FGM in Britain though the practice was outlawed there in 1985.
Anti-FGM activist Leyla Hussein with protestors at a rally outside town hall in Maidenhead, UK, on August 30th, 2013. Various estimates say some 60,000 cases of FGM in Britain though the practice was outlawed there in 1985. © Love Productions

Author AsifF Hussein then says that there is a “strong body of evidence “ that female circumcision i.e. in his article -removing only the clitoral hood – is “beneficial to women, not detrimental”.

However, all reports and studies from the World Health Organization clearly state that FGM in any form has no health benefits.

All WHO documents state clearly that it is a violation of women’s rights, and children’s rights, and that it results in a variety of long lasting psychological and physical complications and harm.

Hussein also says that Jews (and western society) condemn Islamic female circumcision because they do not practice it, but do practice, along with Muslims, male circumcision.

However, both the Canadian and American Paediatric Societies do not recommend male circumcision, unless specifically indicated for medical reasons. The Royal Australasian College of Physicians also says routine male circumcision is not warranted. The British Medical Association states that there is wide acceptance that male circumcision has medical and surgical risks and should be done only when “demonstrably in the best interests of the child”.

In it’s own policy statement The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) advises its members that the practice is a federal criminal offence. The Society also indicates that if members find that a female child has undergone FGM or they suspect the child may be at risk of undergoing the practice, they must report it to child protection


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2 comments on “Canadian Muslim site advocates for female circumcision
  1. Avatar Ahmad says:

    i am both shocked and appalled that the author suggest female circumcision is allowed in Islam, Its totally not, and Asif Hussein needs to issue a retraction and apology to the rest of us sensible Muslims! There,i have said it!

  2. Avatar alec says:

    Female circumcision is totally unislamic and has nothing to do with Sharia law.

    It has been practiced in Africa in non-Muslim committees.

    It has not been practiced in the Middle East nor in the Arabia Gulf States which are predominately Muslim countries.