FGM not related to Islam: Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa
Shawky Allam

CAIRO: Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, a Sunni Islamic body concerned with issuing fatwas (Islamic opinions,) said Thursday that female gentile mutilation (FGM) contradicts with Islamic teachings and law, Youm7 reported.

The FGM is a habit that inherited from the Arab tribes and has no relation with Islam, the body said in a statement, adding that the Islamic religion prohibits the FGM as it causes physical and psychological harms to the girls.

Dar al-Iftaa warned of misleading claims that FGM is an Islamic ritual, noting that a fatwa has been issued in 2006 prohibiting the phenomenon.

The statement was issued to respond those who say that FGM is permitted by Islam following the death of a 17-year-old girl when doctor conducted gentile mutilation surgery in Suez Canal hospital last week.

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