Female genital mutiliation (FGM), though now outlawed in many countries, is still a predominant practice in many cultures. One such culture resides in Muslim areas. Often times, a young girl must be circumcised in order to mark her arrival as an adult. Thus, she can be married off.
The Kenya Council of Imams and Ulamaa, however, has stated that FGM is against Quran teachings. Further, it has become time to truly support and implement any FGM-related laws in order to fight the practice. FGM has many negative physical effects and is also a violation of a Muslim woman’s health, privacy, and freedom. The Quran teachings are against any practice that brings harm to a human being, and the practice of FGM is a violation of that. Additionally, the Council explained how FGM impedes a Muslim woman’s ability to fully realize her “ibadah,” or total worship of Allah.
Together with other Muslim leaders and scholars from Nairobi, Kajiado, Tana River, Garissa, Machakos, Wajir, Moyale, Maragua, and Isiolo, the Council was resolute about enforcing the campaign to intervene and end the practice of FGM. They added, “To this end, KCIU undertakes to mobilise resources over the next five years to support advocacy and other interventions and call upon development partners to continue supporting us.”
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