Dear Editor,

I refer to AWARE Singapore sharing the article about female genital mutilation in Singapore

Because AWARE Singapore will always come up with something,

I want to clarify on the following:
In Islam, male circumcision is compulsory and female is obligatory. And if done, it is NOT genital mutilation.

It is ‘Clitoral Hood Reduction’, and does not do any harm to the female.

You will ask, Why do it:

1. It takes away excessive libido from women
2. It prevents unpleasant odours which result from foul secretions beneath the prepuce.
3. It reduces the incidence of urinary tract infections
4. It reduces the incidence of infections of the reproductive system.

What is done:
One technique for reducing the clitoral hood is the bilateral excision (cutting) of the prepuce tissues covering the clitoral glans, with especial attention to maintaining the glans in the mid-line. Another technique cuts away (excises) the redundant folds of clitoral prepuce tissue, with incisions parallel to the long axis of the clitoris.

Is it harmful:
No. This procedure, which involves the removal of the prepuce of the clitoris, which is similar to male circumcision, does not have any harmful health effects.

Can a woman still attain orgasm and sexual peaks:
Yes! Assuming both partners are enjoying sexual intercourse. One cannot pin the blame on circumcision if you can’t peak sexual heights. That won’t be fair. And I honestly doubt ANY female, let alone a Muslim female would declare outwardly, she can have an orgasm. We are not all JT. Most of need private spaces and private channels. 😉

Does it look mutilated?:
No. It doesn’t. The procedure is a minor surgery, done within the same day, and usually in a registered clinic. If you would like to see; before and after, take a look at this link:

( The link is safe, and from Wikipedia and is not in a sexual content.

Don’t confuse it with South African’s genital mutilation. That is both harmful AND not allowed in Islam.

Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace be upon him) said to her: “Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband.”

And HE knows best.

Siti Aida
A.S.S. Contributor

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