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Does women's have to get circumcised? and when was circumcision practice started ?


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Narrated Abu Huraira : I heard the Prophet saying. "Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits." SAHIH AL-BUKHARI[VOL. : 7, BOOK: 72, HADITH: 779 ]

As man, circumcision is also observed to women. The circumcision of women consists of removing the prepuce (fold of skin surrounding the clitoris) from the clitoris (small erectile part of female genitals at the upper end of vulva). And care should be taken that the clitoris is no removed.

Narrated Umm Atiyyah al-Ansariyyah: A woman used to perform circumcision in Medina. The Prophet (peace_be_upon_him) said to her: Do not cut severely as that is better for a woman and more desirable for a husband. ABU-DAWOOD[BOOK: 41, HADITH: 5251]

The first person who practiced the circumcision was prophet Ibrahim (May Allah bless him and grant him peace):

Yahya related to me from Malik from Yahya ibn Said that Said ibn al-Musayyub said, "Ibrahim, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, was the first to give hospitality to the guest and the first person to be circumcised and the first person to trim the moustache and the first person to see grey hair. He said, 'O Lord! What is this?' Allah the Blessed, the Exalted, said, 'It is dignity, Ibrahim.' He said, 'Lord, increase me in dignity!' "
Yahya said that he had heard Malik say, "One takes from the moustache until the edge of the lip appears, that is the rim. One does not cut if off completely so that one mutilates oneself." MALIK MUWATTA[BOOK:49, HADITH:4] And Allah alone knows the best.

I ask Allah to make this a sincere effort, seeking his pleasure, and I ask him to grant us refuge in him from the evils within ourselves, and that in our deeds. I ask him to grant us success in achieving whatever pleases him; And May Allah Shower His blessings and mercy upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), his family and his Companions and on all those who follow him until the final hour.

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