Islamic scholars in the country have come out strongly to oppose the notion that their religion supported Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Led by the Deputy Chief Kadhi, Rashid Ali Omar, the scholars said that people mostly mistake the cultural practices of the pastoralist communities who are mostly Muslim and assume the practice of FGM was in Islamic law.
From the Islamic Law there is nothing called FGM and besides it prohibits the mutilation of any organ of a person and even of an animal, said Omar.
Omar explained that they have studied the Islamic texts and there is no law which allows any mutilation of any part of a human being, adding that Islam propagates the sanctity and dignity of the human being.
He explained that the pastoralist communities borrowed these practices not from Islam but from the cultural aspects of especially the Egyptians long time ago and they amalgamated it to Islam.
We have traced and read texts on the first, second and third generation of Muslims and their literature and found that it does not support FGM, therefore the vice has no basis in Islam, he said insisting that from the Islamic perspective FGM is sin.
Speaking during a press briefing organized by the Anti FGM board on Monday, Omar said that the objective of the Islamic law is to protect the dignity, health, wealth and mental capabilities of individuals and the community as a whole.
Consequently, in this regard, the Muslim scholars hold that FGM has no basis in Islamic law unlike the culture and norms of the African communities and particularly the pastoralists who practice the same, he said.
He added that they will support the government and Anti FGM Board to educate the communities that practice FGM and try to remove the culturally engraved vice . Though this is hard, it is possible. We shall not be silent about this issue, he said.
Prof. Omar Bashir from Greenfields International added, We need to differentiate between culture and religious practices. Many a times cultural practices have been blamed on Islam and the general public takes it to be an Islamic practice which is very wrong.
We also have to differentiate between mutilation and circumcision. Mutilation is criminal and is not allowed anywhere else but circumcision is acceptable all over the cultures; Islam is against mutilation and this should come out very well, he explained.
Source: Kenya News Agency