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Mufti takes stand on circumcision

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    Mufti takes stand on circumcision 5:00AM Tuesday June 26, 2007 CAIRO - Egypt s state-appointed Grand Mufti yesterday said that female genital cutting was
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 25, 2007

      Mufti takes stand on circumcision

      5:00AM Tuesday June 26, 2007

      CAIRO - Egypt's state-appointed Grand Mufti yesterday said that female genital cutting was forbidden by Islam after an 11-year-old girl died while undergoing the procedure at a private medical clinic in southern Egypt.

      Genital cutting of girls, often referred to as female genital mutilation or circumcision, is banned in Egypt although the practice remains widespread as a rite of passage for girls and is often viewed as a way to protect their chastity.

      "The harmful tradition of circumcision that is practised in Egypt in our era is forbidden," Mufti Ali Gomaa was quoted as saying by the Egyptian state news agency Mena.

      The statement was the strongest yet against the practice by the Mufti, who is the Government's official arbiter of Islamic law.

      The Grand Sheikh of Cairo's prestigious al-Azhar mosque, Mohamed Sayed Tantawi, had previously described the practice as un-Islamic, although some other clerics have supported it.

      The statement came after Budour Ahmed Shaker died last week while undergoing the procedure in the southern province of Minya.

      - REUTERS


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