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MALDIVES: Cleric calls for FGM on Islamic grounds
Lapidomedia 12th March 2014. By Vishal Arora
CUTTING OFF a piece of a young girl’s flesh might at last be getting the recognition it deserves in the West as a human rights violation, but in the Maldives it is making a return as a ‘religious obligation’.
A fatwa has been issued by an influential Islamic scholar here, citing specific hadith or sayings of the Prophet Mohammed.
FGM is one of the five things that are part of fitrah, or nature, says the fatwa by Dr. Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef, Vice President of the Fiqh Academy of the Maldives, posted on www.mvislamqa.com, a website which seeks to ‘convey the true message of Islam.’ Full artcile on Lapidomedia
Maledives: Cleric says FGM required by Islam
10.2.2014. Minivan News recently reported that Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef, Vice President of the Maldives Fiqh Academy, believes female circumcision is obligatory in Islam. “The Prophet (PBUH) said: ‘Five things are part of the fitrah [nature] – circumcision, shaving the pubes, trimming the moustache, cutting the nails and plucking the armpit hairs.’ The circumcision in this hadith applies to both men and women,” Iyaz said. Read full article