* Â This is the one with Female Genital Mutilation in it! Not for the squeamish!
Sharia advocate Yusuf Irfan is tireless in his da’awa efforts. For good Muslims like him, Islam, only Islam matters. Â For Yusuf, anyone critcal of Islam is the enemy, and being a devout soldier of Allah, Yusuf just can’t hold his ink: once again, he keeps spilling it all over his old enemies like Daniel Pipes and Richard Kerbaj.
Unfortunately, YusufÂ Â doesn’t see any problem withÂ stoning orÂ FGM, wife-beating, public flogging, head-chopping, because all that Â is rooted in Islamic “law”, the sharia. That, Yusuf believes, Â needs defending.
Yusuf on FGM which is becoming widespread in formerly Hindu/Buddhist Indonesia:Â
“Perhaps our imams can remindÂ IndonesianÂ Â imams that not all vestiges of Indonesia’s indigenous pre-Islamic customs are worth holding onto.”
Mind you, nothing ever sticks, and Â truth-challenged Yusuf hardly ever makes a point. Sometimes he gets caught up in his own lies and is forced to apologize.Â Â Other than that, he relies on the flimsiest of arguments to try and smear the perceived enemies of Islam, like here:Â
And Australian readers can again have a good laugh by reading Kerbaj getting even theÂ most basic Arabic naming practices muddled.
Yusuf: Â who gives a flying f*#k in Australia whether Arabic names are spelled right besides you? Wouldn’t it be wiser to teach some of your countrymen (or women) basic literacy, which is around 80%, is it not Yusuf?Â
‘If the music annoys you (yes, there’s muzak on Planet Irfan) you can switch it off’, Yusuf advises annoyed readers. One wonders why Yusuf engages in such unislamicÂ pastime, since music is haram, is it not Yusuf?
So lets ask the imam, shall we?
What is the Islamic ruling on female circumcision? Please explain in detail.
It is Mustahabb (commendable) for females to circumcise. It is narrated inÂ
an authentic Hadith quoted from Abu Dawood Shareef that during the ProphetÂ
(Sallallaahu Ãlayhi Wasallam)’s time there was a woman in Madinah who usedÂ
to perform circumcision for women (Fathul Bari vol. 16 p. 353)Â
and Allah Ta’ala Knows BestÂ
In other news:
Crapping for AllahÂ Â (The Opinionator)
A newly-invented toilet provides an excuse to run down Muhammad’s Rules of Relief.Â
Dubai’s Dirty Little SecretÂ Â (ABC)
Western countries look positively egalitarian compared to the Arab world.Â
The Muslim Case for Underage SexÂ Â (Islam Q&A)
The second fatwa listed on this mainstream Islamic site page gives permission for men to marry off their underage daughters without their permission.Â
Life Cheap in Taliban’s AfghanistanÂ Â (AFP)
How could we abandon the people to this?Â
Letter to a Young JihadiÂ Â (Ottawa Citizen)
“Don’t cut my head off, Bro!” This Left-Wing view from Canada probably won’t appeal to all of our readers, but there is some good humor, even if the historical facts are a bit hazy.Â
Israel is a Red StateÂ Â (FrontPage Magazine)
A partisan article, but one that we promote here merely because the mainstream media is so determined not to vet the next American President on such an important issue.Â
Muslim Allegiance to a Non-Muslim Country<;/span>Â Â (Islam Q&A)
Short answer: it doesn’t exist. As this fatwa puts it, “His homeland may not be Islamic, so how can he be loyal to his homeland?”
Warning: What follows now is very graphic:
|Clitoridectomy; Wikipedia; The Age and Islam|
|Written by Circe Â Â|
|Friday, 18 July 2008|
Warning:Â Very graphic and disturbing content!Â
Surprise, surprise the Age (9/7/08) does its usual article concentrating on ‘female circumcision’, particularly the most horrific variety with the ‘gosh isn’t it shocking but it’s nothing to do with Islam’….Â The reality that Islamic text/laws makeÂ clitoridectomy mandatory or regard it as sunnahÂ (supported by Mohammad) or at least a worthy practise is completelyignored.Â Also ignored are the many hadiths (which dictate day-to-day life) that support the practise.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
No-one claimed Islam invented clitoridectomy – the Arabs practiced it at the time of Mohammad ..but to deny that it was taken up by Islam, is promoted by Islamic religious leaders, is mostly practised by Muslims and has spread around the world with Islam just shows the power of Islam in stopping people (including UN groups) from telling the obvious truth – in the case of Islam, there IS a religious base to the practice!!!Â Â Note: May 2008 the Egyptian parliament seemed to have dropped laws making female genital mutilation illlegal in Egypt (other laws re increasing marriageable age and reporting families who beat their children were also over-ruled)Â (reference),Â though more recent reports claim clitoridectomy has been criminalised with trivial maximum sentences of up to 2 years jail and $1000 fine â€“AND it’s allowed in cases of ‘medical necessity!!! Conservatives maintain that Islam condones the removal of a girl’s clitoris to tame her sexual desires and condemn the amendment as a western import.Â (reference)Â
In a recent study in Yemen, of the 39 clerics who participated, 72 percent wanted the practice to continue for reasons of religious mandate, virginity and tradition.Â Â (Report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) or Female Genital Cutting (FGC)Â
>The sad truth is: FGM is performedall around the world whereverÂ Muslim communities are present
Clitoridectomy alone ensures a woman will never have an orgasm (this has been medically proved) ie her right to full sexual pleasure is denied!!Â It is the same as removing the penis.Â If the Islamic laws and text that support the practice are constantly hidden, they cannot be eradicated and whenever those who know Islam’s text and laws are in positions of power, they will be enforced again!Â Â Pretending it isn’t Islamic seems good but is a dangerous distortion of the truth.Â Â It is only pressure from the west and colonialism that has altered ‘Islamic’ behaviour but such western influence (leading to depravity) is resisted and can be overturned.Â Â
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Some hope appeared whenÂ Wikipedia, which still tries to excuse Islam, actually had the courage to state accurately that there was a Shafi law (an important school of Islamic law) that mandated CLITORIDECTOMY.Â And it also daringly referred to two hadith – there are many others but hey, it’s a start!!Â Can we hope for more??
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Yes!Â The Arabic version of the law states:
Sadly – Wikipedia fails to report the comment by Sheikh ‘AbdÂ al-Wakil Durubi in the English ‘version’ who notes:
Note: ‘sunna’ means the actions and words of Mohammad, the perfect example for all Muslims to follow!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil Durubi’s comments show that support for clitoridectomy is widespread across Islam, not limited to the followers of Shafi Law!
Sadly – Wikipedia also allows Sheikh ‘Abd al-Wakil Durubi to try theÂ ‘it really only means trimming the clitoral hood’Â Â line.Â Of course, that’s why it says ‘removal of the clitoris’ and naturally those illiterate Arab/Muslim tribes-people past and present would have been right up with the fine detail of female anatomy.Â Â
Often the clitoris is cut from babies when the clitoris is enlarged due to pregnancy hormones and the ‘hood’ not visible (even the labia minora are just threads and are often cut too) or the clitoris is destroyed by applying hot sand and chemicals to it or it is grabbed and stretched out and sometimes a band applied and rolled back along the clitoral shaft to fully expose it for cutting —- hood, yeah, right!!Â Â They’ve all just been ‘mistaken’ for 1400 years!!Â (until some westerner put them right??).Â
Wikipedia also notes:
There has been ongoing endorsement of ‘circumcision’ but note the swift switching of terms – it’s not female genital mutilation, it’s just harmless female genital cutting FGC!!Â
Once again I will post this recent support for clitoridectomy (as in Egypt):
On 12/2/2007 Al-Arabiya TV airedÂ ‘Al-Azhar University Scholars Argue over the Legitimacy of Female Circumcision Practiced in Egypt.
The debate was between Egyptian Al-Azhar University scholars Sheikh Muhammad Al-Mussayar and Sheikh Mahmoud Ashur.Â The exerts are interesting because they acknowledge the hadiths related to FGM -Muhammad Al-Mussayar notes:
Â Hadith: these apply to all (sunni) Muslims:
1) Wikipedia has the courage to note the hadith supporting the view that clitoridectomy is sunnah – Umm Atiyyah was a known clitoris cutter.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
(Note:Â The powerful Mohammad did NOT stop the procedure yet he stopped adoption so he could marry his adopted son’s wife Zainab, regarded as incest by the Arabs because adopted sons were held as sons!)
Sadly â€“ WikipediaÂ then allowed the usual excuse – it’s ‘weak in transmission.’ (Isn’t this an opinion?)Â Â Funny then that it’s survived 1400 years, including revisions and influenced Islamic law!!Â Â Both the ‘science’ of the hadith and this excuse are too absurd to waste time on!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
2) Wikipedia also notes a hadith from the highly authentic, reliable Muslim collection:
Dr Yusuf al-Qaradawi: Whoever finds it serving the interest of his daughters should do it, and I personally support this under the current circumstances in the modern world.Â
Sadly it implies this is the only one – WRONG and it allows Dr. Muhammad Salim al-Awwa, Secretary General of the World Union of the Muslim Ulemas, who agrees that the hadith is authentic, to state the most absurd, convoluted, twisted lack of reason to claim that silly Aisha, when she said TWO circumcised organsÂ (in the feminine form) she really meant one â€“ the male one of course… (see logical alternative explanation below)Â
Both Wikipedia and Dr al-Awwa might like to try these which show that the circumcised parts were often referred toÂ separately ieÂ ‘when the circumcised part touches the circumcised part’Â Â and that both Aisha and Malik tracing several different transmitters,Â refer to two separate circumcised parts and that the instruction re circumcised parts and ghusl is reported in several sets of hadith making it important!Â Remember, female circumcision meant cut out the clitoris in Mohammad’s time!Â Â
a) Maliks Muwatta Section: Obligation to Do Ghusl when the Two Circumcised Parts MeetÂ
Above hadiths from thisÂ SITEÂ suggest that ‘circumcision’ of females was normal for Muslims:
c) Tirmidi hadith:
Logical alternative explanation:Â Â Â Clitoridectomy was widely practised by Arabs at the time of Mohammad;Â Â Aisha was an Arab;Â Â Â Mohammad had endorsed the practice of clitoridectomy when speaking to Um Attiyyah (clitoris cutter) and Aisha simply spread Mohammad’s instructions;Â Â Â hence it would be reasonable for AishaÂ (probably circumcised herself) to address people re ‘washing after dirty sex,’ to refer to the TWO circumcised organs coming into contact as this would be the normal case.Â Â Â Malik likewise notes the same statements coming from Umar ibn al-Khattab and Uthman ibn Affan and A’isha.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
d) As for female circumcision (clitoridectomy in Mohammad’s day) being a sign of respect for women, and a hadithÂ where the women of al-Ansar were addressed endorsing female circumcision, they are referred to in Dr al-Awwa’s paper ‘Female Circumcision Neither a sunna, nor a Sign of Respect’Â Â Â â€“ (Â I own a copy but it’s nolonger available!).Â Â
Indonesia- Inside a Female-Circumcision Ceremony: A girl is soothed by an attendant before her circumcision.Â Â
Also Hadith in the Musnad by Ahmed Ibn Hanbal, where Shaddad Ibn Aws reports that the prophet said:Â
These show that such hadith existâ€”call them ‘weak’ if you like!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Sadly- Wikipedia refers to an extremist nut case who calls himself a Christian in regard to FGC but fails to report the array of Islamic clerics that endorse the practice, in full accordance with Islamic text/laws in the Islamic world and the west.Â Â The false Christian-Muslim’ equivalence continues while hiding the full extent of Islamic involvement.Â Â
‘A cutting tradition’ where practices vary from pricking the clitoris, cutting/removing it or removing it plus labia with more destructive procedures increasing).
Note how the spread of FGM/clitoridectomy matches the spread of IslamÂ – Africa (NOT in the south where Arab/Islam didn’t penetrate initially); Middle-East;Â Turkey;Â India;Â Malaysia;Â Indonesia…Â
Female Genital Mutilation in Indonesia – Let’s blame it on the Black Africans!
Will we blame the Africans for all of it? â€“ surely, given the thousands of years since the Pharaohs, it would have spread throughout Africa if we are to only blame the Pharaohs who were generally not black, and the black Africans!Â Â
Irfan Yusuf blames an old Indonesian practice!Â ( Does Yusuf mean liar in Arabic?)Â Â It’s practised in Australia- – will we call it an old Australian practice?Â Dito Europe, America?
Australia’s Mufti supports clitoridectomy – do you think he’s ignorant of Islamic text and laws?
Pamela Bone (who also thought clitoridectomy wasn’t part of Islamic law!) referred to an interview with Sheik Fehmi al-Imam of the Preston Mosque where she asked him about clitoridectomy and he replied:
What’s the bet that the first person prosecuted for genital mutilation/clitoridectomy is an African Christian or Animist – in an effort to show it’s not Islamic!Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
Including other forms of genital cutting helps to fudge the relationship between Islam and clitoridectomy.Â Remember, when overtaken, some cultures take-on the culture of their overlords particularly if there are already some similarities (eg some African tribes) while others resist certain practisesÂ (eg initially Christian Syria resisting clitoridectomy) so culture does have an influence but in the case of Islam so does religion (religious culture!!).Â Â So, the fact that a restricted few others perform FGM/clitoridectomy/FGC (genitals have always been fascinating) and some Muslim groups don’t, does NOT mean there is not a close link between FGM/clitoridectomy and Islam.Â
Â Â Â Â Â If you answered Islam to all, give yourself a tick!! But remember, it’s nothing to do with Islam!!
Some articles on FGM/clitoridectomy on the site:
Female Genital MutilationÂ – 18/04/07Â
Female Genital Mutilation Part 2 – 07/06/07Â
Female Genital Mutilation Part 3 – 21/06/07Â
Does Yusuf mean liar in Arabic?Â Â Wednesday, 19 March 2008Â
I wonder if Keysar would care to comment? Which part of these much-vaunted “values” should we attempt to emulate? Islamic “honor” or Islamic murder?Â
I also wonder if he has any comment on the 16 cases of backyard clitorectomy reputed to have been performed in Queensland this past year?Â
Things to emulate from “islamic values”.Â
An article I recently read, relating to FGM, asks “whether groups that are illiberal and sexist should be afforded group rights and protections by liberal states, or whether, instead, sexist cultural practices and perhaps entire cultures should be altered or allowed to become ‘extinct’.”Â
The author, Susan Moller Okin, was discussing multiculturalism under the question,“Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?”Â and her conclusion, in terms of the barbarity that has been sanctioned in order to appease politically correct, cultural tyranny, is… YES, M/C has been bad for many women, usually those who come from “3rd World” countries.Â
Like the students at the Brisbane school in question.Â
I watched video of the poor little mites, 2 nights ago, trotted out to do what the adults can’t do… defend islam.Â “See, how brightly they shine!”Â
Headscarf and other signs of inferior status proudly worn, it was quite obvious that the student body is made up of immigrant children and just as obvious that many of their parents would have been from those ‘3rd World countries’ we aren’t supposed to be critical of. Except if you are a Feminist academic, apparently.Â
About 12% of the schools student body (or their parents) come from Egypt.Â
“Egypt is the second most populous African nation and the most populous Arab nation. Egypt is a leader in Islamic jurisprudence, and its citizenry is 90% Muslim. Female circumcision (female genital mutilation or FGM) has been practiced in Egypt for thousands of years and perhaps as many as 97% of Egyptian “ever-married” women have endured the practice. Although there is disagreement among theologians, fundamentalists continue to promote FGM as an Islamic mandate for the preservation of women’s chastity.”Â (Source unknown) In fairness, the Egyptians have made FGM illegal, as of ’97, but reports from reliable sources indicate that the letter of the law and the practice of it is lagging somewhat in Egypt. Many tens of thousands of Egyptian women still face these horrors, just without access to modern medicine!Â
The chance that some of Keysar’s charges have been cut up to placate some primitive, religiously-inspired barbarity?Â
In MY AUSTRALIA, I don’t want to run the chance that even ONE has suffered this barbarity. I guess that is un-islamic, but I can live with it.Â
Keysar says upholding Australian law and culture is a pre-eminent focus of the school. Well,Â as FGM is illegal in Queensland and every other State,Â I suggest his school has a legal responsibility to inform Authorities of cases it knows of.Â
In the abridged Table below, please note thatÂ Indonesia, from where this school also draws a large number of its students, is rated as 100% in instituting 2 forms of FGM.Â
Note also the likelihood of the remaining school populace to be comprised of students from the other nations listed.Â
FGM Around the WorldÂ
COUNTRY – PREVALENCE (%) – TYPE PERFORMEDÂ
Benin – 16.8 – IIÂ
Burkina Faso – 76.6 – II â€“ Performed throughout the country in all but a few provinces.Â
Cameroon – 1 – I, IIÂ
Central African Republic – 35.9 – I, IIÂ
Chad – 44.9 – II â€“ Widely practiced in all parts of Chad.Â
III â€“ Confined to areas bordering Sudan in the eastern part of the country.Â
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) – 44.5 – IIÂ
Djibouti – 90-98 – II â€“ Performed on girls of Yemeni origin. III â€“ Most common among the Issa and Afar.Â
DRC (Congo)- Unknown – IIÂ
Egypt – 97.3% – I, II, IIIÂ
Eritrea – 88.7 – I, II, IIIÂ
Ethiopia – 79.9 – I â€“ Commonly practiced among Amharas, Tigrayans and the Jeberti Muslims living in Tigray.Â
II â€“ Most commonly practiced form. The Gurages, some Tigrayans, Oromos and the Shankilas practice this form.Â
III â€“ Practiced in the eastern Muslim regions bordering Sudan and Somalia.Â
IV â€“ Referred to as “Mariam Girz” in Ethiopia, it is practiced mainly in Gojam in the Amhara region.Â
Gambia – 60-90 – I â€“ The Sarahulis perform this on girls one week after birth. The Bambaras perform the procedure on girls between 10-15 years of age.Â
II â€“ Nearly all Mandinkas, Jolas and Hausas practice this form on girls 10-15 years old.Â
III â€“ The Fulas perform a procedure similar to Type III that is described as “vaginal sealing” on girls from one week old to 18 years old.Â
IV â€“ The Fulas perform this type on girls from one week old to 18 years old.Â
Ghana – 5.4 – I, II, IIIÂ
Guinea – 98.6 – I, II, III, IVÂ
Indonesia – 100 – I, IVÂ
Kenya – 32.2 – I and II most common.Â
III â€“ found in the far eastern areas bordering Somalia.Â
Liberia – 50 – IIÂ
Mali – 91.6 – I, II, III (Type III practiced in southern areas of country)Â
Mauritania – 71.5 – I, IIÂ
Niger – 4.5 – IIÂ
Nigeria – 19 – I, II, III, IVÂ
(Type I and II more prominent in the south; Type III more prominent in north)Â
Senegal – 28.2 – II, IIIÂ
(Type II is most common)Â
Sierra Leone – 80-90 – IIÂ
Somalia – 90-98 – I â€“ practiced mainly in the coastal towns of Mogadishu, Brava, Merca, and Kismayu.Â
III â€“ Approximately 80% of the circumcisions are this type.Â
Sudan – 90 – I, II, IIIÂ
(Type III is most common)Â
Tanzania – 17.7 – II, IIIÂ
Togo – 12 – IIÂ
Uganda – 5 – No information available.Â
Yemen – 22.6 – II, IIIÂ
DEFINITIONS OF TYPES OF FGC/FC :Â
Type I â€“ Circumcision is the excision (removal) of the prepuce (clitoral hood) with or without removal of a part of the clitoris (a.k.a. sunna circumcision).Â
Type II â€“ Excision or clitoridectomy is the excision of the clitoris together with part or all of the labia minora (the inner vaginal lips).Â
Type III â€“ Infibulation is the excision of part or all of the external genitalia (clitoris, labia minora and labia majora) and stitching or narrowing of the vaginal opening, leaving a very small opening, about the size of a matchstick, to allow for the flow of urine and menstrual blood. The girl or woman’s legs are generally bound together from the hip to the ankle so she remains immobile for approximately 40 days to allow for the formation of scar tissue (referred to as Sudanese circumcision in Egypt; referred to as Pharaonic circumcision in Somalia).Â
Type IV â€“ Unclassified includes the p***king, piercing or incision of the clitoris and/or labia; also includes symbolic rituals. The application or insertion of corrosive substances into the vagina is also considered Type IV.Â
Defibulation or deinfibulation â€“ Cutting open the scar tissue that has formed around the vaginal opening to allow penetration by her husband or for the birth of a child.Â
Refibulation or reinfibulation or recircumcision â€“ The sewing up of a circumcised woman’s vaginal opening after childbirth or periodically during her life when she feels as though her opening has gotten too big or loose.Â
Alternative rituals â€“ An alternative to FGM in which the traditional ceremony takes place without the actual cutting. In Kenya, girls go through a week-long program designed as a coming-of-age workshop. This ritual is called “Ntanira Na Mugambo” or “Circumcision Through Words.”Â
Introcision â€“ A form of FGM/C that is practiced by the Pitta-Patta aborigines of Australia where the vaginal orifice is enlarged by tearing it downward with three fingers bound with an opossum string. The procedure is performed by an elderly man when the girl reaches puberty. In other districts, the perineum is split with a stone knife. Compulsory sexual intercourse with a number of young men usually follows the introcision. Mexico, Brazil, and Peru reportedly practice this form of FGM/C. In Peru, among a division of Pano Indians, an elderly woman uses a bamboo knife to cut around the hymen from the vaginal entrance and severs the hymen from the labia, at the same time exposing the clitoris. Medicinal herbs are applied, followed by the insertion of a phallic clay object into the vagina.Â
Islamic values or Australian? Frankly, the concept of “islamic values” is an affront to every person who calls himself Australian.Â
There is no way to overstate this â€“ the implications of allowing islam to continue unchecked and cosseted by appeasing lawmakers, etc, MUST BE STOPPED, or this country runs the risk of sliding into a dark pit of depravity such as it has never known.Â
People of Australia â€“ the time to fight for your country is NOW.Â
Female genital mutilation in Iraqi Kurdistan: “we will never stop because Islam and our elders require it”
The mainstream media and Islamic advocacy groups in the United States constantly tell us that female genital mutilation is a cultural practice that has nothing to do with Islam. They do this despite the fact that the among the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, Shafi’is consider circumcision obligatory for women; Hanbalis say it is an honorable custom, but not obligatory; Hanafis say it should be done as a courtesy to the husband. None of the three, you’ll note, say that the practice is wrong, immoral, un-Islamic.
Anyway, the upshot of this situation is that while most Westerners take for granted, if they’ve ever heard of female genital mutilation at all, that it is un-Islamic, it remains only Muslims who haven’t gotten this message.
“For Kurdish Girls, a Painful Ancient Ritual,” by Amit R. Paley for theÂ Washington Post, December 29 (thanks to Morgaan Sinclair):
TUZ KHURMATU, Iraq – Sheelan Anwar Omer, a shy 7-year-old Kurdish girl, bounded into her neighbor’s house with an ear-to-ear smile, looking for the party her mother had promised.There was no celebration. Instead, a local woman quickly locked a rusty red door behind Sheelan, who looked bewildered when her mother ordered the girl to remove her underpants. Sheelan began to whimper, then tremble, while the women pushed apart her legs and a midwife raised a stainless-steel razor blade in the air. “I do this in the name of Allah!” she intoned.
As the midwife sliced off part of Sheelan’s genitals, the girl let out a high-pitched wail heard throughout the neighborhood. As she carried the sobbing child back home, Sheelan’s mother smiled with pride.
“This is the practice of the Kurdish people for as long as anyone can remember,” said the mother, Aisha Hameed, 30, a housewife in this ethnically mixed town about 100 miles north of Baghdad.Â “We don’t know why we do it, but we will never stop because Islam and our elders require it.”
Kurdistan is the only known part of Iraq –and one of the few places in the world–where female circumcision is widespread. More than 60 percent of women in Kurdish areas of northern Iraq have been circumcised, according to a study conducted this year. In at least one Kurdish territory, 95 percent of women have undergone the practice, which human rights groups call female genital mutilation.
The practice, andÂ the Kurdish parliament’s refusal to outlaw it, highlight the plight of women in a region with a reputation for having a more progressive society than the rest of Iraq. Advocates for women point toÂ the increasing frequency of honor killings against womenÂ and female self-immolations in Kurdistan this year as further evidence that women in the area still face significant obstacles, despite efforts to raise public awareness of circumcision and violence against women. […]
Supporters of female circumcision said the practice, which has been a ritual in their culture for countless generations, is rooted in sayings they attribute to the prophet Muhammad, though the accuracy of those sayings is disputed by other Muslim scholars….
Of course. But they don’t seem to be able to dispute the accuracy of those sayings effectually enough to curb this practice where it is found among Muslims.