A Muslim scholar calling for feminine circumcision to change into authorized in Eire needs to be sacked, the nation’s chief imam has stated.
Ali Selim, who’s an Arabic lecturer at Trinity Faculty Dublin, was broadly criticised for saying he supported the practice of female circumcision on RTÉ’s Prime Time final week.
He stated that Islam condoned the follow of feminine circumcision due to a saying by the Prophet Muhammad.
Feminine circumcision, which is also known as female genital mutilation (FGM), has been unlawful in Eire since 2012. It’s also unlawful for fogeys to take their daughter to a different nation to have the process carried out.
“I imagine you understand my stand on this regard. I adhere to it. It can’t be banned however fairly practised,” Selim stated after a worldwide marketing campaign to ban FGM was launched in Dublin.
Dr Umar Al-Qadri, the pinnacle imam of the Islamic Centre of Eire, has known as for Selim to be sacked over his feedback, accusing the scholar of getting “a extremely poisonous angle in the direction of ladies.” He stated that the views expressed by Selim weren’t held by most Muslims.
“This follow is related to quite a few severe medical issues and represents a extremely poisonous angle in the direction of ladies on the whole,” Selim stated, as quoted in The Times.
“This makes Dr Selim’s feedback from a privileged place much more damaging and harmful. Those that maintain such damaging and dangerous views that have an effect on the lives of thousands and thousands in very tangible methods shouldn’t be normalised or supplied shelter by their presence in our public our bodies,” he stated.
Selim stated on Monday (12 February) that his remark had been misrepresented and argued that there’s a distinction between feminine circumcision and FGM.
“Feminine genital mutilation (FGM) means the full or partial distortion of feminine genitals for non-medical causes, I’m 100% in opposition to that . . . I condemn it within the strongest phrases,” he stated.
“For me circumcision means one thing else, for me I take advantage of the phrase circumcision as a substitute of utilizing the phrase labiaplasty,” he stated, referring to the medical process which alters a girl’s genitals.
There is no such thing as a distinction between the 2 phrases in Irish legislation and a number of other medical doctors have condemned feminine circumcision as a “mutilating process.”
Dr Farhana Sharif, a guide paediatrician on the Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar, advised the Irish Times that feminine circumcision causes “long-term bodily, emotional and psychological penalties” and has “no medical justification.”
“It isn’t acceptable and as a medical skilled I’d not see any physician suggest this process. It’s banned in Eire and is completely unacceptable to advertise or advocate for this follow,” she stated.
An estimated 5,790 women and girls in Eire have undergone FGM and an additional 2,639 are believed to be in danger, in response to The Occasions.