Ireland: Muslim scholar calls for FGM to become legal in Ireland

According to a UNICEF estimate in 2008, “as many as 91 percent of married Egyptian women are survivors of FGM,” the barbaric practice which, according to WHO, have no known health benefits, and is sanctioned in Islamic law:

“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

“Abu al- Malih ibn Usama’s father relates that the Prophet said: ‘Circumcision is a law for men and a preservation of honour for women.’” — Ahmad Ibn Hanbal 5:75

“Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: ‘Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.’” — Abu Dawud 41:5251

According to Robert Spencer, “[FGM] is commonly claimed to be an East African problem, but 93% of Muslim women in Malaysia have suffered this procedure, and it is common in Indonesia. In one province in Iran, 60% of the women have suffered FGM.”

February 19 update:

He says this was never the case: “I condemn FGM and I condemn circumcision that gives the same meaning as FGM. I totally apologise for the confusion.”

Dr Selim believes doctors who say there is no difference between FGM and female circumcision: “They are the experts. If they say there is no difference, there is no difference.”

IB Times, February 14, 2018.

A Muslim scholar calling for female circumcision to become legal in Ireland should be sacked, the country’s chief imam has said.

Ali Selim, who is an Arabic lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, was widely criticised for saying he supported the practice of female circumcision on RTÉ’s Prime Time last week.

He said that Islam condoned the practice of female circumcision because of a saying by the Prophet Muhammad.

Female circumcision, which is often referred to as female genital mutilation (FGM), has been illegal in Ireland since 2012. It is also illegal for parents to take their daughter to another country to have the procedure performed.

“I believe you know my stand in this regard. I adhere to it. It cannot be banned but reasonably practised,” Selim said after a global campaign to ban FGM was launched in Dublin.

Dr Umar Al-Qadri, the head imam of the Islamic Centre of Ireland, has called for Selim to be sacked over his comments, accusing the scholar of having “a highly toxic attitude towards women.” He said that the views expressed by Selim were not held by most Muslims.

“This practice is associated with numerous serious medical complications and represents a highly toxic attitude towards women in general,” Selim said, as quoted in The Times.

“This makes Dr Selim’s comments from a privileged position even more damaging and dangerous. Those who hold such damaging and harmful views that affect the lives of millions in very tangible ways should not be normalised or offered shelter by their presence in our public bodies,” he said.

Selim said on Monday (12 February) that his comment had been misrepresented and argued that there is a distinction between female circumcision and FGM….