Assalamu alaikum sheikh,
According to the Shafii Madhab female circumcision is wajib. My question is, if we do not circumcise a female is it sin? Can we do circumcision after she reached puberty (baligh)? Or can we leave it without doing circumcision? Please reply shaikh. May Allah accept your effort & guide us in right path!
Country: Sri Lanka
Wa alaykum salam wa rahmatuLlahi wa barakatuHu,
In the Shafi’i Scool, circumcision is necessary for both men and women. (Sharh al-Muhadhdhab v. 1, p. 300) It is recommended for a child’s guardian to circumcise it during infancy, while not obligatory. It is obligatory that one be circumcised after reaching puberty. (Ibid p. 302-03)
If one fears harm, then circumcision may be delayed. (Nihayat al-Muhtaj v. 8, p. 36)
Some scholars, like Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik, did not consider circumcision obligatory for a female. There are views similar to theirs transmitted from the Shafi’is too. In these views there is some latitude. (Rawdat al-Talibin v. 10, p. 180; Sharh al-Muhadhdhab v. 1, p. 300)
And Allah knows best.
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