In this question it was asked why circumcision is required, and the answers make it clear that the prophet(pbuh) says that Muslim men should remove their foreskin. I don't understand this since

وَاللَّهُ عَلِيمٌ حَكِيمٌ (And Allah is the All-Knower, the Wise)

Isn't it contradictory for Islam to acknowledge Allah as being all knowing and wise in what he creates and wills to be, yet at the same time recommending to remove the foreskin and change what he has created for every newborn male child?

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    Please review your definition of blasphemy. I have no idea how you can think this is blasphemy. Either way, please remember that Allah is most merciful. What you do out of ignorance will be forgiven.
    – user206
    Aug 26, 2012 at 3:15
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    ok, I've removed the reference to blasphemy since this is a deliberate insulting act. Aug 27, 2012 at 13:46
  • Not related but came across this article which says benefits of circumcision outweighs it disadvantages. I am not taking a position though, one way or the other.
    – muslim1
    Aug 28, 2012 at 16:29

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Your definition of "blasphemy" is wrong, but assuming you mean "against the rules of religion" , I will give you an answer.

By your definition Circumcision & Education both are "Blasphemy"

If "circumcision is blasphemy", wouldn't teaching a child to read and write be blasphemy too?

Humans are born illiterate and they will remain that way if they are not taught to read and write. There are millions of people in Africa, India, China who never learn to read or write, by your definition they are in "natural state".

Allah's order is the rule

In Islam, angels & jinns were ordered by Allah to bow to humans. This in no way means that we humans are superior in any way to Allah, but it simply was "Allah's order".

Similarly, it is Allah's order for us to remove the foreskin. Not removing the foreskin would be "blasphemy".

I would NOT call it "changing Allah's creation", but rather "following Allah's orders"

Priority for Muslims

There are many medical benefits to circumcision, but I can assure you, that for the millions of Muslims those medical benefits are secondary or may be even not of any importance, it is Allah's order that is of prime importance.

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    Teaching a child to read and write is adding something which wasn't there to start with - the ability to read and write. Aug 27, 2012 at 19:22
  • yes but illiteracy is the natural form.... but then how about cutting hair or nails? may be they were meant to be grown long as its "natural form"
    – islam101
    Aug 27, 2012 at 22:00
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    My question was addressing a biological part of the human body, put there by Allah. A baby isn't born with naturally long hair or nails, but this is a better argument;) Aug 28, 2012 at 0:20
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    The "medical benefits" of circumcision remains a hotly disputed subject; it is not clearly decisive in either way, but historically, most of the "benefits" have been hugely exaggerated (or simply invented). But perhaps a better discussion on that is over on skeptics.SE: skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/1367/… or skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/4398/… Aug 28, 2012 at 12:56
  • whether exagerated or not , both sides agree that there are some benefits. As muslims our main benefit is not those medical benefits rather it is following all the prophets(pbut)
    – islam101
    Aug 28, 2012 at 18:40

Not sure how this can be blasphemy since God commanded Prophet Ibraheem (Abraham) (pbuh) to do this as a test. Which he did at the age of 80. All prophets followed this after Prophet (Abraham) (pbuh), including prophet Eisa (Jesus) (pbuh) (confirmed in the new testament (bible)) and prophet Mohammed (pbuh).

Here's a fatwa if you're interested.

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