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Circumcision is one of most important ‘Islamic Act’ of Sunnah. Circumcision means removal of the foreskin from the private part (i.e., skin surrounding the head of penis and skin around the clitoris of girls). Circumcision is called as “Khitan” in Arabic. It’s an act of Purification and Cleansing. But, Circumcision is not obligatory but instead it is recommended at extreme for men. Dear brother and sisters, this has to be noted, it is highly recommended for men more that women. Because, female circumcision would cause harmful health effects (and also make the clitoris very sensitive during intercourse and would make the intercourse difficult) and would even lead to their death, that’s why in no Hadith Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) recommends it for female.
“ There was a women in Madinah, who used to do female circumcision. Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said to her, “Don’t do extreme cutting, it’s better for women and more liked by men” [ Reference Abu Dawood # 5271]. This hadith clearly states that only small scale of women did circumcision and it was not obligatory for them. Now, lets go towards men. Circumcision began from the times of Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhiwassalam).
BEGAN FROM PROPHET IBRAHIM:
“Narrated Abu Huraira (Radhiallahu’Anhu) Allah’s Apostle (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said “The Prophet Ibrahim circumcised himself after he had passed the age of eighty years and he circumcised himself with an adze.” [Reference Sahih Bukhari,Vol 8, Book 74, Hadith # 313 & Sahih Muslim, Chapter 38, Hadith # 5844]. And the same way, Prophet Ibrahim (Alayhiwassalam) circumcised his son and all male members of his family.
AGE FOR CIRCUMCISION:
ALLAH the Almighty says: “Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to follow the religion of Abraham (Ibrahim), inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate with Allah .” [Surah An-Nahl, Ayath-123]. Hence, ALLAH’s Apostle followed Ibrahim (Alayhiwassalam) and did circumcision and mentioned it as a act of Fitra (Natural way). “Our Muhammad (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) performed the Aqiqah of al-Hasan and al-Hussein (his grandsons) and circumcised them on the 7th day of their birth.” [ Reference Al-Bayha & Tabarani]. This shows, that there is no age limit for circumcision to be done.
CIRCUMCISION WHILE ENTERING ISLAM:
But it is compulsory, when a man newly embraces Islam. “Remove the hairs from the time of disbelief from you and get yourself circumcised.” [Reference Abu Dawood].
IMPORTANCE OF CIRCUMCISION:
According to the new medical research, the Doctors say that circumcised people are less vulnerable to penile or vaginal infections and diseases like HIV. And if the foreskin is present, the urine would get accumulated around the skin, once again it would cause certain health problems.
ALHAMDHULILLAH, Whatever ALLAH the All-Knowing says the mankind, has it’s own benefits for us.
JAZAKALLAH KHAIRUN [ COURTESY Abdullah Alfazeena (Aleena Razee)]