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Assalaam alaikum, Is female circumcision obligatory in islam? What does islam say of female genital mutilation? JazakAllah

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Female circumcision was a practice that was known among Arabs and they were accustomed to it. When Islam came, it emphasized on the circumcision of male only. Although Islam did not emphasize circumcision for females but it did not forbid it either. So it is permissible if a woman wishes to have it done. However female genital mutilation is not allowed under any circumstances. If the circumcision leads to female genital mutilation then it too would be considered forbidden.

And Allah knows best.

Mufti Ikram ul Haq

Fatwa Center of America