Saturday 9 Rabi‘ al-awwal 1440 - 17 November 2018
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Ruling on female circumcision

Question

Is female circumcision sunnah or a bad practice? I read in a magazine that female circumcision in any form is a bad practice that is harmful from a medical point of view, and that it may sometimes lead to sterility. Is this correct?

Answer

Praise be to Allaah.

Circumcising females is sunnah; it is neither a bad practice or harmful, if it is done within moderation. When extreme forms of female circumcision are carried out, harm may result.

Source: Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 5/120

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