Female circumcision – is it a sunnah or not

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Psst, aynina already posted that along with what each madhab says about it. Shafi’is are the only ones who say it’s obligatory, or wajib, but even then the modern ones say that due to the influx of FGM and the lost arts of what was mentioned in the hadith people would be better staying away from it.

That is incorrect.

Both the Shaafi’i and Hanbali schools hold it to be Waajib.

Kuwaiti Encyclopedia of Fiqh Volume 19 Page 27

ذهب الشافعية والحنابلة ، وهو مقتضى قول سحنون من المالكية : إلى أن الختان واجب على الرجال والنساء

The Shaafi’i and Hanbali schools of thought have said that circumcision is Waajib for both men and women.

Now let’s go to the book كشاف القناع of the Hanaabilah and see what it says.

Volume 1 Page 80

(ويجب ختان ذكر وأنثى)

Circumcision is Waajib for male and females.

لقوله – صلى الله عليه وسلم – لرجل أسلم «ألق عنك شعر الكفر واختتن» رواه أبو داود

The evidence is the hadith

‘Uthaim b. Kulaib reported from his father (Kuthair) on the authority of his grandfather (Kulaib) that he came to the Prophet (ﷺ):

I have embraced Islam. The Prophet (ﷺ) said to him: Remove from yourself the hair that grew during of unbelief, saying “shave them”. He further says that another person (other than the grandfather of ‘Uthaim) reported to him that the Prophet (ﷺ) said to another person who accompanied him: Remove from yourself the hair that grew during the period of unbelief and get yourself circumcised.

[Sunan Abi Dawud Hadith No. 356]

وفي الحديث «اختتن إبراهيم بعد ما أتت عليه ثمانون سنة» متفق عليه

And then there is in the following hadiith

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as having said that Ibrahim (as) circumcised himself with the help of an adze when he was eighty years old.

[Sahih Muslim Hadith No. 2370]

واللفظ للبخاري وقال تعالى {ثم أوحينا إليك أن اتبع ملة إبراهيم حنيفا} [النحل: 123]

And Allaah said in the Qur’aan:

Then We revealed to you, [O Muhammad], to follow the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth; and he was not of those who associate with Allah .

[Qur’aan 16:123]

ولأنه من شعار المسلمين، فكان واجبا كسائر شعارهم

And because it is from among the distinguishing marks of the Muslims and is therefore Waajib like all of their shi’aar.

وقال أحمد كان ابن عباس يشدد في أمره حتى قد روي عنه أنه لا حج له ولا صلاة

Ahmad said that Ibn Abbaas was very severe in this matter to the extent that it has been narrated from him that he said there is no Hajj or prayer for him [i.e. who does not get circumcised]

وفي قول النبي – صلى الله عليه وسلم – «إذا التقى الختانان وجب الغسل» دليل على أن النساء كن يختتن، ولأن هناك فضلة فوجب إزالتها كالرجل

And in the saying of the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam)

“When the circumcised meets the circumcised then Ghusl is required.”

[Jaami’ al-Tirmidhi Hadith No. 109]

is evidence that females are also circumcised and because here there is excess the removal of which is obligatory just as it is for men.

In a nutshell, both schools, the Shaafi’i and Hanbali, hold it to be Waajib for females and men.

REF: Islamic Parenting

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