Recently, thousands of British Muslim men who make up the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association, the UK’s largest and oldest Muslim youth association, issued a single statement denouncing female genital mutilation (FGM). The statement, published on the websiteMuslims for Humanity, read:
“FGM is an oppressive cultural practice that has no place in the civilised world. It is very worrying that since 2009 at least 4,000 women have been treated in the UK as a result of having been forced to endure this type of mutilation. As an Islamic organisation representing thousands of British Muslim men, we are particularly concerned that extremist and ignorant religious preachers are using Islam as a justification for this terrible practice. FGM runs contrary to the teachings of Islam and we will continue to welcome any and every opportunity to raise our voices and to campaign against this vile practice.”
Within any context, FGM is a vile and inhumane practice. For God-fearing Muslims, however, it strikes a particularly painful cord given that a small minority of the Muslim religious elite and their ill-guided flocks manipulate the peaceful teachings of Islam to socially, morally and even physically force women to undergo this harmful procedure.
Culture vs. Religion
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