In “My articles about Islam” I said:
“Neither the Koran nor the Haddith mandate Female Genital Mutilation, nor the wearing of the Burqa, the Niqab, or even the Hijab. But in a religious environment where women had equality (if such exists), would these practices still exist? Islam is not excused.”
I’m still reasonably sure that FGM (Female Genital Mutilation) is not mandated, but some Islamic scholars state that FGM is desirable. (I’m using the internationally recognised term, rather than the misleading euphemism “Female Circumcision”). This is from “Islam Question and Answer“:
Some quotes from the first link cause a shudder, both from the lack of humanity displayed by these scholars, (what are they thinking?), and from the continuing existence of such an unenlightened ideology as “Islam in its natural state” in the 21st century:
“Circumcision reduces excessive sensitivity of the clitoris which may cause it to increase in size to 3 centimeters when aroused, which is very annoying to the husband, especially at the time of intercourse….
“Circumcision reduces excessive sexual desire….
“For us in the Muslim world female circumcision is, above all else, obedience to Islam, which means acting in accordance with the fitrah and following the Sunnah which encourages it. We all know the dimensions of Islam, and that everything in it must be good in all aspects, including health aspects….”
If Islam didn’t formally and eternally treat women as 2nd class beings, it is hard to believe that such statements would be plausible. The link between Islam and FGM isn’t that Islam mandates it, but rather that Islam doesn’t consider women as worthy of enough consideration to eliminate such attitudes. This lets such contemptible views, often derived from pre-Islamic cultural influences, remain unchallenged.
The power of Twitter
I appear to have started something with a Tweet on this topic:
This was a follow-up Tweet:
That is a good question. If Allah is perfect, and Allah designed and created women, why is there such a motivation to modify his creation?