Q: I want to know your views/knowledge on female genital mutilation (also know as FGM), i.e Female Circumcision) in Islam. I understand that this practice exists in certain parts of Islamic world such as Afghanistan and some African countries and the Bohra Muslim community in India too. But it is purely subjected to the local pagan/tribal traditions. Due to young girls being forced to undergo this procedure, some have even bled to death. Is FGM permitted/not permitted for Muslim women in the Light of Qur’an and Hadith ? Please clarify in detail.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
Mufti Zakaria Makada
Checked & Approved:
Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)