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SHARIA LAW AND THE SPREAD AND PRACTICE OF FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION

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Origins of Female Genital Mutilation:

Most scholars agree that the practices associated with female genital mutilation began within the era of pre-Islamic history starting in ancient Egypt and East Africa.
(see Female Genital Mutilation, Information For Health & Child Protection Professionals).

Female genital mutilation has been defined “as a procedure performed especially as a cultural rite that typically includes the total or partial excision of the female external genitalia and especially the clitoris and labia minora and that is now outlawed in many nations including the U.S. —abbreviation FGM —called also female circumcision — compare infibulation” (see “Female Genital Mutilation” Merriam-Webster.com  Apr. 2017)

 

The Rise of Islam and Female Genital Mutilation

According to Womenshealth.com, “Female Genital cutting (also known as Female Genital Mutilation) has no health benefits, whatsoever, as the following citing indicates:

Female genital cutting (FGC), sometimes called female circumcision or female genital mutilation, means piercing, cutting, removing, or sewing closed all or part of a girl’s or woman’s external genitals for no medical reason. In the United States, available estimates suggest that more than 513,000 girls and women have experienced FGC or are at risk of FGC.1 Worldwide, as many as 140 million girls and women alive today have been cut.2 Three million more girls and women are thought to be at risk of FGC each year.2 FGC is often a part of the culture in countries where it is practiced. But FGC has no health benefits and can cause long-term health problems.”
(See Female genital cutting at Womenshealth.com)

Hence, there is absolutely no known medical benefit to Female Genital Mutilation. Thus, the antecedents of the practice arise from traditional cultural practices and historic religious beliefs. Islam adopted the practice of the mutilation of female gentile and spread the practice across the Islamic world. Consider the following statement from the Detroit Free Press, “Millions of little girls and young women have been subjected to a painful rite of passage that involves cutting their genitals — often without anesthesia — for centuries in parts of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.

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In some cultures and religions, it’s believed that female genital mutilation preserves a girl’s chastity, making her a more desirable marriage partner, and improving hygiene and fertility. (see What is female genital mutilation?  By Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press April 13, 2017)

Like other regions of the West, Michigan has experienced a dramatic uptick in Muslim immigration. This has also culminated in non-Western practices, such as female genital mutilation and the resultant oppression of women coupled with the tremendous health risk targeted specifically towards women.
The Islamic world adopted the malicious and harmful practice of female genital manipulation by incorporating and endorsing the hideous practice into the mandates and precepts of Sharia law. For example, ponder the particulars of mutilation within the context of Sharia law. The precept of the Islamic law is articulated as stated in “Reliance of the Traveler, section, “The Body”.
“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 clitoris, (this is called HufaaD).” (see Reliance of the Traveler, Revised edition, Amana publications, Beltsville, 1997., Section: “THE BODY”, page 59, Nuh Hah Mim Keller’s Translation.

Reliance of the Traveller is a classical manual of fiqh for the Shafi’i school of Islamic jurisprudence

The forward to “Reliance of the Traveler”, categorically represents the book’s contents as a statement of Sharia law,The Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred LawUmdat al-Salik, by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri (d. 769/1368) in Arabic with Facing English Text, Commentary, and Appendices Edited and Translated by Nuh Ha Mim Keller (see Reliance of the Traveler, Revised edition, Amana publications, Beltsville, 1997)

Thus, pursuant to Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri commentary on Umdat al-Salik indicates female mutilation is a tenet of Sharia law. The idea behind the archaic practice of the mutilation of female genitals is to act as a medieval chastity belt preserving the chastity and integrity of women. “Abu al- Malih ibn `Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: “Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honor for women.” (see Sunan Abu Dawud 41:5251) Unlike the traditional circumcision of men, the circumcision of a women’s clitoris is a permanent and painful disfigurement and health risk, designed in Islamic Sharia law to act as a medieval chastity belt to protect the honor of the virtue of women. This savage, harmful and denigrating practice has spread wide and far over Islamic lands according to the principles and endorsement of Sharia law.

Unfortunately, this practice is quickly gaining a foothold in the Western world of Christendom.

Although the practice is illegal in many western nations, Islamic migration has brought the practice to the West with Muslim immigration. The problematic issue is that the Muslim migrants have carried with them cultural and religious practices involving the practice of mutilation. Muslim doctors, Muslim Sharia law judges endorse and secretly promulgate the practice, accepting the belief that Sharia law is superior to Western Justinian law.

The substantive question is should the West accept the tenets of Sharia law, which includes female genital mutilation? Will the globalist ideology of multiculturalism allow the Western acceptance of Sharia acceptance of female genital mutilation? Will the West stand firm against the encroachment and incursion of the erosion of women’s inherent rights against the domination of Sharia law?

Interestingly, many self-styled advocates of women’s issues, resent, despise, and even hate, Western culture to such extent, these despisers of western culture will accept sharia law, despite Islamic oppression of women.

By Jeffrey E Elliott, Esq

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