I have been reading the Wikipedia page about female genital mutilation and found that its still practiced at high rates in some Muslim-majority countries:

The highest concentrations among the 15–49 age group are in Somalia (98 percent), Guinea (97 percent), Djibouti (93 percent), Egypt (91 percent) and Sierra Leone (90 percent).

Is female genital mutilation a mandatory act in Islam, or is it a cultural (or society based) matter? Are there Quranic verses or hadeeths supporting it?

  • What js the difference between fiqh and shari'a in the context of islamic jurisprudence? Circumcision isn't directly quoted in the quran neither for men nor women. There are traditions quoting that people of Medina had this tradition, but the Prophet didn't disapprove it. The shafi'i madhab is known to regard jt as sunnah. – Medi1Saif Jan 9 '17 at 12:25
  • @Medi1Saif I mean to say that is it in one of the Islamic mandatory acts or just a cultural (or society based) issue? – Ali_Waris Jan 9 '17 at 12:27
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    I just wondered about the point on fiqhi and shari'i in your post. – Medi1Saif Jan 9 '17 at 12:40
  • I recommend you make the question more specific. As is, it could lead to answers pushing Truth. E.g. in which sect is it mandatory or recommended, or is it mandatory in this sect or just a cultural practice. – Bleeding Fingers Jan 9 '17 at 12:47
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    Oh, wait. This is a duplicate of islam.stackexchange.com/q/7489/17163 – Rebecca J. Stones Jan 9 '17 at 14:08

FGM and any type of circumcision is really more of a cultural aspect of foundation that has found its ways into being believed as Islamic cultures due to the areas it's most practised (Africa and South Asia). I think the mentality surrounding it is that FGM/circumcision will suecure that person purity and cultures have embedded that view into their Islamic beliefs. There is no direct area where FGM is permissed in Islam, so is more of a cultural issue overall.


This was a cultural thing back in older times, it has mainly stopped now and has absolutely nothing with Islam or its teachings, especially since women can't see other women like that, for them to even mutilate anything.

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    Then what about male circumcision? Is it allowed for a man to see another man like that? – Ali_Waris Jan 12 '17 at 4:32

It's mostly an African cultural problem. It's also prevalent in many Christian African nations such as Eritrea and Nigeria, for example. Here's a good explanation about the Islamic view on the topic: https://islam.stackexchange.com/a/7510/20710

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    The islamic law is applied in some parts of Nigeria and eritrea, the same parts where genital mutilation is practiced. – user5751924 Jan 12 '17 at 21:24
  • Meaningless. What about all the predominantly Christian countries where fgm is also prevalent? – Obada Khamis Aug 8 '17 at 20:57
  • could you point to a country where it is practiced by the Christian majority, and not by people from the muslim minority ? I am not aware of such practices in Christianism – user5751924 Aug 8 '17 at 21:05

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