Q: I heard the Khatib (preacher) of the Masjid (mosque) saying in a Khutbah (sermon) that Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) made
female circumcision lawful.
However, our wives have not been circumcised. Is it right or wrong to abandon female circumcision?
All praise is due to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions.
Circumcision is an honor for women; and it involves removing only a part of the clitoris without going to extremes in cutting it (Part No. 5; Page No. 120) because the Prophet (peace be upon him) has forbidden going to extremes in circumcision. In addition, circumcision is one of the characteristics of Fitrah (natural disposition), for it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said:
Five practices are characteristics of the Fitrah: Circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustache short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits.
Related by Al-Bukhari and Muslim.
This Hadith is general and addresses both men and women.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.