IMPORTANCE OF CIRCUMCISION


Assalamualaikum Warahamathulahi Wabarakatuhu

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.

importance of circumcision

  • FEMALE CIRCUMCISION:

“ 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.

Female Circumcision

  • 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)]

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11 thoughts on “IMPORTANCE OF CIRCUMCISION

  1. Pingback: 5 CHARACTERISTICS OF FITRA | Islam Is Our Life

  2. There are many sayings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) to show the important place, circumcision, whether of males or females, occupies in Islam. Among these traditions is the one where the Prophet is reported to have declared circumcision (khitan) to be sunnat for men and ennobling for women (Baihaqi).

    He is also known to have declared that the bath (following sexual intercourse without which no prayer is valid) becomes obligatory when both the circumcised parts meet (Tirmidhi). The fact that the Prophet defined sexual intercourse as the meeting of the male and female circumcised parts (khitanul khitan or khitanain) when stressing on the need for the obligatory post-coital bath could be taken as pre-supposing or indicative of the obligatory nature of circumcision in the case of both males and females.

    Stronger still is his statement classing circumcision (khitan) as one of the acts characteristic of the fitra or God-given nature (Or in other words, Divinely-inspired natural inclinations of humans) such as the shaving of pubic hair, removing the hair of the armpits and the paring of nails (Bukhari) which again shows its strongly emphasized if not obligatory character in the case of both males and females. Muslim scholars are of the view that acts constituting fitra which the Prophet expected Muslims to follow are to be included in the category of wajib or obligatory.

    That the early Muslims regarded female circumcision as obligatory even for those Muslims who embraced Islam later in life is suggested by a tradition occurring in the Adab al Mufrad of Bukhari where Umm Al Muhajir is reported to have said: “I was captured with some girls from Byzantium. (Caliph) Uthman offered us Islam, but only myself and one other girl accepted Islam. Uthman said: ‘Go and circumcise them and purify them.’”

    More recently, we had Sheikh Jadul Haqq, the distinguished head of Al Azhar declaring both male and female circumcision to be obligatory religious duties (Khitan Al Banat in Fatawa Al-Islamiyyah. 1983). The fatwa by his successor Tantawi who opposed the practice cannot be taken seriously as we all know that he has pronounced a number of unislamic fatwas such as declaring bank interest halal and questioning the obligation of women wearing headscarves.

    At the same time, however, what is required in Islam, is the removal of only the prepuce of the clitoris, and not the clitoris itself as is widely believed. The Prophet told Umm Atiyyah, a lady who circumcised girls in Medina: “When you circumcise, cut plainly and do not cut severely, for it is beauty for the face and desirable for the husband” (idha khafadti fa ashimmi wa la tanhaki fa innahu ashraq li’l wajh wa ahza ind al zawj) (Abu Dawud, Al Awsat of Tabarani and Tarikh Baghdad of Al Baghdadi).

    This hadith clearly explains the procedure to be followed in the circumcision of girls. The words: “Cut plainly and do not cut severely” (ashimmi wa la tanhaki) is to be understood in the sense of removing the skin covering the clitoris, and not the clitoris. The expression “It is beauty (more properly brightness or radiance) for the face” (ashraq li’l wajh) is further proof of this as it simply means the joyous countenance of a woman, arising out of her being sexually satisfied by her husband. The idea here is that it is only with the removal of the clitoral prepuce that real sexual satisfaction could be realized. The procedure enhances sexual feeling in women during the sex act since a circumcised clitoris is much more likely to be stimulated as a result of direct oral, penile or tactile contact than the uncircumcised organ whose prepuce serves as an obstacle to direct stimulation.

    A number of religious works by the classical scholars such as Fath Al Bari by Ibn Hajar Asqalani and Sharhul Muhadhdhab of Imam Nawawi have stressed on the necessity of removing only the prepuce of the clitoris and not any part of the organ itself. It is recorded in the Majmu Al Fatawa that when Ibn Taymiyyah was asked whether the woman is circumcised, he replied: “Yes we circumcise. Her circumcision is to cut the uppermost skin (jilda) like the cock’s comb.” More recently Sheikh Jadul Haqq declared that the circumcision of females consists of the removal of the clitoral prepuce (Khitan Al Banat in Fatawa Al Islamiyya. 1983).

    Besides being a religious duty, the procedure is believed to facilitate good hygiene since the removal of the prepuce of the clitoris serves to prevent the accumulation of smegma, a foul-smelling, germ-containing cheese- like substance that collects underneath the prepuces of uncircumcised women (See Al Hidaayah. August 1997).

    A recent study by Sitt Al Banat Khalid ‘Khitan Al-Banat Ru’ yah Sihhiyyah’ (2003) has shown that female circumcision, like male circumcision, offers considerable health benefits, such as prevention of urinary tract infections and other diseases such as cystitis affecting the female reproductive organs.

    The latest is the study Orgasmic Dysfunction Among Women at a Primary Care Setting in Malaysia. Hatta Sidi, and Marhani Midin, and Sharifah Ezat Wan Puteh, and Norni Abdullah, (2008) Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health, 20 (4) accessible http://myais.fsktm.um.edu.my/4480/ which shows that being Non-Malay is a higher risk factor for Orgasmic Sexual Dysfunction in women, implying that Malay women experience less problems in achieving orgasm than non-Malay women. As you know almost all Malay women in Malaysia are circumcised (undergo hoodectomy) in contrast to non-Malay women who are not. This would suggest that hoodectomy does in fact contribute to an improved sex life in women rather than diminishing it as some argue.

    Another good reason why women need a hoodectomy (Islamic female circumcision). It can prevent cancer arising from oral sex. Here’s an interesting news item:

    US scientists said Sunday there is strong evidence linking oral sex to cancer, and urged more study of how human papillomaviruses may be to blame for a rise in oral cancer among white men. In the United States, oral cancer due to HPV infection is now more common than oral cancer from tobacco use, which remains the leading cause of such cancers in the rest of the world.

    Researchers have found a 225-percent increase in oral cancer cases in the United States from 1974 to 2007, mainly among white men, said Maura Gillison of Ohio State University. “The rise in oral cancer in the US is predominantly among young white males and we do not know the answer as to why.”

    It is obvious that the only way men can acquire the HPV virus is through the oral stimulation of one’s partner’s clitoris which allows the virus to enter the mouth. The virus no doubt is harboured in the prepuce of the clitoris just as it has been found that HPV also resides in the foreskins of males, through the transmission of which cervical cancer occurs in females. Thus a hoodectomy could, by removing the part that harbours the virus, significantly reduce or eliminate the risk of women transmitting the virus to their male partners.

    For more benefits of Islamic female circumcision also known as hoodectomy see http://www.umatia.org/2011/Safe%20Female%20circumcision.doc

  3. Here’s a link I just came across that covers the topic of female circumcision in depth. This guy has really done his research, showing why it is necessary, what needs to be done and its numerous benefits in terms of hygiene and sexual wellbeing. His writings in a book posted in a now obsolete website are probably the source of much of the information on the topic that has been circulating in the web:

    http://www.sailanmuslim.com/news/female-circumcision-the-hidden-truth-by-asiff-hussein/

  4. “Clitoral hood removal” needs to have an age limit, and it needs to remain optional. This document was researched by male Islamic doctors who praise exposed glans for the religious purposes praying with absolutely no dirt, lint, old skin, semen, vaginal fluid on every part of the body is very inhuman and unethical just to please God when a lot argued he created humans in divine creation. Why should any gender (mostly speaking of the girls) be tortured sexually just to please a creator when you don’t even know him, even if you did know Allah or God why should you have to please him in a sick, twisted manner for his own amusement. This is the main reason why lots of Americans hate Muslims worst off than Christians is because they do genital harm to chastise females in the name of marriage and God.
    Lots of Americans are denouncing foreskin amputation to boys even if scientific findings are deemed correct, it is better to keep natural law protecting children from harm; we can all have our appendixes removed to avoid the disease however it’s a slim chance of developing it.
    Islam seriously needs reforming to respect natural law and human rights instead of putting girls in danger over pleasing Allah with cleanliness; why should culture dictate a woman’s sexuality?
    So what if females are the cause of oral cancer, which is also a lie to make genital mutilation acceptable.
    If unhooding women serves benefits better leave it to them to decide when they are 18 years of
    age and not pressured by family to undergo it.
    If Islam is about peace no one would even dream of pressuring girls or women to go through
    with it because Muhammad or what’s his name said it pleases Allah.
    What about pleasing the girls and women?
    The only part of unhooding that is acceptable in America is because
    we have a strict age limit and we honor female bodies to remain intact.
    Is this what Islam is about?!

    • I think u didn’t read the article. Read it well dear. Our beloved Prophet has not compelled women to undergo circumcision and he has forbidden it.
      Before speaking about Islam or any religion , firstly try to know it authentically. Every muslim men and women are aware of our Almighty ALLAH, if they doesn’t know who he is then they won’t be a muslim. Moreover dear bro or sis, kindly don’t judge a great religion by simply with opinion of doctors :p You have take in account the authentic words… Thank you fr ur comments dear. JAZAKALLAH KHAIRUN (May ALLAH grant u with good deeds).
      Know Islam truly, u will begin to love it!!!! Just a tip :D…

  5. dear alfazeena I agreed with all what u said but don’t say that prophet (s.a.w);had prohibited female circumcission, yes u say it it is not recommended but better read the hadith of sunan Abu dawood : 5271

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