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#MyJihad is Women’s Rights: Indonesia’s Largest Muslim Organization Says Female Genital Mutilation Is A “Human Right”

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The horror of this bloody, painful procedure to remove the ability of
a Muslim girl to experience any sexual pleasure is not just a problem in Indonesia, where it has just been given sanction by the nation’s largest Muslim organization; it is on the rise in the
West as Muslim immigration increases. Cutting the clitoris of a woman
is an Islamic precept that removes the ability to experience sexual
pleasure (thereby making a woman less apt to cheat, or enjoy life, for
that matter). There is absolutely no health benefit. It is a
misogyny. And don’t think it doesn’t affect American society. Just last
year the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a policy statement recommending that doctors perform this “ritual nick” (we exposed it on the net and it was withdrawn after the ensuing public outcry). Many Muslims in America support clitoridectomies and
justify them as religious freedom. In one state in which anti-FGM
legislation is currently working its way through the legislative
process, one legislator reports receiving a phone call from a Muslim
constituent urging her to oppose the legislation as ‘a conspiracy
against the Muslim community’” (more here)

 Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization: female genital mutilation a “human right” Jihadwatch

Western news articles about female genital mutilation
routinely assert that it is solely a cultural practice, not justified by
any religion. Yet again and again we see Muslim clerics — such as Kiai
Hajj Amin Ma’ruf, who is not an “extremist” but the head of Indonesia’s
largest Muslim organization, justifying it, and it is sanctioned in
Islamic law.

“Circumcision is obligatory (for every male and female) (by cutting
off the piece of skin on the glans of the penis of the male, but
circumcision of the female is by cutting out the bazr ‘clitoris’ [this is called khufaadh ‘female circumcision’]).” — ‘Umdat al-Salik e4.3, translated by Mark Durie, The Third Choice, p. 64

“Islamic law permits by definition, by prophetic statement and by practice female circumcision” — Australian Imam Afroz Ali

Sharia Alert from modern, moderate Indonesia: “Indonesian Ulema in
favour of female circumcision: a ‘human right,'” by Mathias Hariyadi for
Asia News, January 24 (thanks to C. Cantoni):

Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The Indonesian Council of Ulema (MUI)
is in favour of female circumcision (and men) that, although it can not
be considered mandatory, it is still “morally recommended.” This is
shown by the words of the leader of the largest Islamic organization in
the most populous Muslim country in the world. He warns, however, to
avoid “excesses”, coming to the removal or cutting of the clitoris. In
the meantime, has come under investigation and will be prosecuted by a
court “ethical” the judge who, in recent days, he “joked” about sexual
violence to women, causing a veritable wave of outrage (see AsiaNews
15/01 / 2013 Ordinary Indonesians against judges and politicians who “justify” sexual violence).

The reference point for Islamic issues (such as the legality of a
food and a drink), a “consultor” to the government in matters of faith,
the body responsible for issuing fatwas – the answers on Muslim
questions of faith and morals – the MUI has taken a position on female
circumcision. And by the mouth of his head, Kiai Hajj Amin Ma’ruf,
pointed out that it is an “advisable practise on moral grounds”, at the
same time, he rejects any attempt to declare this practice illegal or
contrary to the principles. It comes under the sphere of “human rights,”
said the Islamist leader, and is “guaranteed by the Constitution.”

“Female circumcision – said Amin – is commonly practiced by cutting
out parts that cover the clitoris” and, at the same time, he invites
believers to refrain from “excessive circumcision” that ends up becoming
a real mutilation genital. He recalled that the Mui can not make this
practice “mandatory”, but “strongly rejects” the possible cancellation
of this “tradition” which is performed in a “ritualistic ceremony” and
also applies to men….

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