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When on raises the horrendous practise of Female Genital Mutilation some rush to suggest that this is not an Islamic centred issue. Maybe so, but it is one that some Imams take very seriously;

A British Muslim leader has been caught on camera advocating female genital mutilation. Mohammed Abdul, the Imam of a Bristol mosque, was filmed urging a follower to take women and girls abroad so they can be circumcised legally. The practise was banned by law in 2003, and it’s illegal to help or encourage anyone to carry out the barbaric procedure overseas.  He recommends going to Africa or Arab countries. They know how to mutilate there.

Dr Yunes Teinaz, who works for anti-FGM charity Forward, tells The Sunday Times: ‘As a result of misinformation spread by so-called Muslim scholars, young girls are being mutilated and subjected to unimaginable pain and suffering.”

The problem is that there are plenty of these “so-called” Muslim scholars who support the vile practice..

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3 thoughts on “EXPORTING FGM

  1. I think you or someone mentioned in an earlier thread that Islam (or some applications thereof )has no central structure to oversee practical/theological issues?
    It is much more fragmented than say the CofE or CofR.
    The book I read (The Imam’s Daughter by Hannah Shah) gives a graphic insight into her life in an Islamic community based in Britain.
    Slightly off topic but still connected, is this article..

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17185294
    The connection being that once you accept the equality of all cultures and allow them to flourish side by side, you will have these problems.
    I believe it was Tony Blair who promoted diversity, inclusivity and equal rights, -plus ECHR legislation…

    The great sadness is that this country has done so much to outlaw bad stuff around the world, and now we have some of it taking route in our back yard.

  2. Here’s the Irish end of this “problem” via an article in irishhealth.com”, I’ve included the interesting part below:

    More than 2,500 women and girls living in Ireland are estimated to have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM), according to new research by AkiDwA, a national network of African women living in Ireland.

    AkiDwA and the WHC have called for legislation to be introduced to specifically ban and criminalise the practice of FGM in Ireland. At present, it would appear that FGM would be covered by the Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person Act 1997. However, there are a number of loopholes** that could preclude perpetrators from being prosecuted.

    ** AH, the ever present Oirish “loopholes”

    Furthermore, the only comparable case in this country was when a 29-day-old baby boy died in Waterford after a botched domestic circumcision was carried out with a razor blade.

    NOW HERE’S THE “IRISH SOLUTION TO AN UGLY IRISH PROBLEM: “The man responsible was cleared of any wrongdoing after the judge directed the jury to apply different standards to the legislation because of cultural differences.”

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