The head Imam of al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Virginia, Shaker Elsayed, says it’s perfectly okay to perform genital mutilation on young girls.
Specifically, he says the removal of the clitoris and labia from a young girl is “the honorable thing to do” if needed. He adds that female genital mutilation (FGM) is needed at times to prevent hyper sexuality in young girls.
“This is something that a Muslim gynecologist can tell you if you need to or not… There used to be a lady who used to do this for women, or, I mean, young girls. She is expected to cut only the tip of the sexual sensitive part in the girl, so that she is not hyper-sexually active. This is the purpose.”
He said that could “seriously damage the sexual sensuality of the woman when she becomes an adult.”
Another imam who worked within the mosque also resigned after the remarks were made. Elsayed’s support for FGM is beyond insane, and completely outdated. We are in a new age where women have equal rights, and a right to making choices over their own body. It is imperative we hold those who support FGM accountable for spreading such nonsense to naive families and children.