female circumcision/genital mutilation


Yes, it’s
primarily a MUSLIM thing.
Today, an estimated 130 million
(Mostly Muslim) women have
undergone sexual mutilation.
It is performed in many African
countries, including Sudan, Somalia,
Ethiopia, Kenya, and Chad. It is also
a tradition among Muslims in
Malaysia and Indonesia, and in a
number of countries in the Middle
East, including Egypt, the UAE, and
parts of rural Saudi Arabia. Lately, it
is happening to Muslim girls in
Western countries.
Thousands of girls mutilated in
Britain: The National Health Service
is offering to reverse female
circumcision amid concerns that
there are 500 victims a year with no
prosecutions.
The NHS is to advertise free
operations to reverse female
circumcisions, with experts warning
that each year more than 500 British
girls have their genitals mutilated.
Despite having been outlawed in
1985, female circumcision is still
practised in British African (Muslim)
communities, in some cases on girls
as young as 5. Police have been
unable to bring a single prosecution
even though they suspect that
community elders are being flown
from the Horn of Africa to carry out
the procedures.
Sarah McCulloch, of the Agency for
Culture Change Management UK,
said that every year more than 500
British girls were having
circumcisions. “A lot of them are
done in the UK, but some still travel
overseas,” she said. “What the
communities do is they gather
together and collect money to pay for
the ticket for a ‘doctor’ to come from
Somalia, Sudan, or whatever,” she
told The Times. “And when she
arrives here, she goes to a house and
has the girls brought to her.”Times
ONLINE
Ayaan Hirsi Ali explains that many
Muslim clerics endorse female
circumision to repress sexuality in
young girls, depriving their right to
pleasure and causing extreme pain,
and even death. Many girls die from
hemorrhaging and use of non-sterile
instruments.
It appears to be driven originally by
men’s desire to have power over
womens’ sexualityto remove fear of
paternity uncertainty by keeping
women chaste and uninterested in
love affairs, but the practice has
become so old and rooted that it is
now perpetuated by womenupon
women in many places.
There is no mention of it in the Koran,
and only a brief mention in the
authentic hadiths, which states: “A
woman used to perform circumcision
in Medina. The Prophet said to her:
‘Do not cut severely, as that is better
for a woman and more desirable for a
husband.’ But because of this still
debated hadith, some scholars of the
Shari school of Islam, found mostly
in East Africa, consider female
circumcision obligatory. The Hanafi
and most other schools maintain it is
merely recommended, not
essential.The small girl’s torn
genitalia are stitched with thorns and
her legs tied together to reduce blood
loss. Many die.
More than 90 percent of Sudanese
women undergo the most severe form
of circumcision,known as
“pharaonic,”orinfibulation, at the age
of seven or eight, which removes all
of the clitoris, the labia minora, and
the labia majora. The sides are then
sutured together, often with thorns,
and only a small matchstick-
diameter opening is left for urine and
menstrual flow. The girl’s legs are
tied together and liquids are heavily
rationed until the incision is healed.
During this primitive yet major
surgery, it is not uncommon for girls,
who are held down by female
relatives, to die from shock or
hemorrhage of the vagina, urethra,
bladder, and rectal area may also be
damaged, and massive keloid
scarring can obstruct walking for life.
After marriage, women who have
been infibulated must be forcibly
penetrated. This may take up to forty
days, and when men are impatient, a
knife is used. Special honeymoon
centers are built outside communities
so that the screams of the brides will
not be heard. Sometimes the
husband traditionally runs through
the streets with a blood-stained
dagger.
Female genital mutilation is carried
out for cultural and religious reasons.
Women across the world are affected
by the practice which is widely
recognized as a violation of human
rights.
“I heard the sound of the dug blade
sawing back and forth through my
skin,” The woman used thorns from
an acacia tree to puncture holes in
her skin and sew her up, leaving a
tiny hole the diameter of a
matchstick, through which urine and
menstrual blood could dribble.
“My legs were completely numb, but
the pain between them was so
intense that I wished I would die.”
Five-year-old Waris was left in a hut
to recuperate her infibulation.
Uncircumcised girls are seen as
unclean and treated as outcasts. For
more than 20 years Dirie suffered
health problems from her radical
circumcision. Menstruation was a
long, agonizing process each month,
as the menstrual blood backed up in
her body.
Egyptian Muslims Explain Why They
Circumcise Their Daughters.
5/17/08 “Conservatives in the
Egyptian parliament have made
female genital mutilation
(circumcision) legal
again in Egypt.” Following are
excerpts from a television program
about female circumcision in Egypt,
which aired on Al-Mihwar TV on May
10, 2007. Female Circumcision of
Egyptian Muslim women has been
adopted and promoted by various
groups within Islam.The practice of
circumcision in Islam comes from the
Hadith, Shariah law, and the
consensus of Islamic communities.
“I was unable to see, and somehow
my breathing seemed also to have
stopped. Yet I imagined the thing that
was making the rasping sound
coming closer and closer to me. … At
that very moment I realized that my
thighs had been pulled wide apart,
and that each of my lower limbs was
being held as far away from the other
as possible, gripped by-steel fingers
that never relinquished their pressure.
I felt that the rasping knife or blade
was heading straight down towards
my throat. Then suddenly the sharp
metallic edge seemed to drop
between my thighs and there cut off a
piece of flesh from my body.
I screamed with pain despite the tight
hand held over my mouth, for the
pain was not just a pain, it was like a
searing flame that went through my
whole body. After a few moments, I
saw a red pool of blood around my
hips. I did not know what they had
cut off from my body, and I did not try
to find out. I just wept, and called out
to my mother for help.But the worst
shock of all was when I looked
around and found standing by my
side. Yes, it was her, I could not be
mistaken, in flesh and blood, right in
the midst of these strangers, talking
to them and smiling at them, as
though they had not participated in
slaughtering her daughter just a few
moments ago.” FGM
http://www.barenakedislam.com/2009/07/12/complete-guide-to-female-genital-mutilation-yes-its-a-muslim-thing/

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