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Circumcision vs. Mutilation: is there a Difference between the two?!!!

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Circumcision in Islām is of 2-Types:

1. Male-Circumcision-

Male-Circumcision consists of removing the Male-Prepuce/Foreskin, exposing the Head of the Penis.

2. Female-Circumcision-

Female-Circumcision consists of partial or complete removal of the Female-Prepuce/Clitoral-Hood, exposing the Clitoris.

Both Types of Circumcision are known to possess Precedent within Islām via the Qur’ān&Sunnah.(al-Bukhārī, Muslim) Circumcision is not Mutilation of the Human-Body, as Anti-Circumcision Advocates dishonestly propagate to be the Case, simply because Islām never textually condones Mutilation of the Human-Body in any way. Also, Circumcision isn’t some Archaic (many would even dare to argue “Barbaric”) 3rd-World Custom, as many would attempt to classify it as such. Rather, the Islāmic-Origins of Circumcision actually begin when Allah commanded Abraham (Peace be upon him) to establish Circumcision: to circumcise himself, along with all Male-Members of his Household.(Qasas-ul-Anbiyā’/Stories Of The Prophets, ibn-Kathīr) And, thus proving that Circumcision not only predates the Revelation of the Qur’ān, but that it also is predicated by Revelation which Allah imposed upon Abraham: the Friend of Allah…the Father of the Prophets.

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Since this Discussion is particular to Female-Circumcision: it must be noted that the Islāmic-Allowance of Female-Circumcision is in no way akin to Female Genital Mutilation, because of what I’ve already mentioned prior, pertaining to Islām never condoning Mutilation of the Human-Body & by virtue of the fact that there’s no Islāmic-Texts stating that Female-Circumcision is Mafrūdh/Mandatory.

Rather, Female-Circumcision is something which is Mubāh (Neutral/Optional), as is proven within the following Text:

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Now, based upon this particular Hadīth/Prophetic-Narration, it’s Clear that Muhammad (Peace be upon him) never mandated nor abolished Female-Circumcision, yet only advised/warned, commanded that it must not be done in an Extreme-Fashion. Based upon what we know concerning FGM, it’s obvious that this is the Extreme-Fashion in which Muhammad set out to avoid & forbade from taking place.

There’s very blatant differences between Female-Circumcision, which is Islāmically-Acceptable vs. FGM, which is Mahrūm/Islāmically-Prohibited, by virtue of the Harm which is caused by it. In fact, in Islām, we as Muslims are commanded to avoid Harm at any/all Costs. (Noble-Qur’ān: Chpt.2, V.195; an-Nawawī)

The following Diagram proves my Point:

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Let’s review the above Diagram (B.  Type I [A. Prepuce removal only]): it paints a Clear-Picture, that B. Type I (A.Prepuce removal only) is the only Islāmically-Acceptable form of Female-Circumcision, and therefore could never be FGM. The other Figures  within this Diagram clearly describe/define that these other Types are not Circumcision; rather, these are Types of Mutilation/FGM. In the Modern-World: I must agree that most Places Worldwide where Female-Circumcision takes place don’t use proper Medical-Technology, nor Sanitary/Hygienic Tools and/or Facilities to conduct Female-Circumcision correctly, according to Islām. So, under these Conditions, coupled with the Reality that Female-Circumcision isn’t Islāmically-Mandatory anyway, I do advocate that Female-Circumcision generally should/must be discontinued in Places where there’s no proper Facilitation that Female-Circumcision: 1. Won’t be done correctly, according to Islām…2. Could/would result in Dangerous/Life-Threatening Health-Risks for Women. And, unfortunately, there’s enough Evidence that Female-Circumcision (1. Based upon Unhealthy-Methods of it being done…2. Dangerous/Life-Threatening Health-Risks) should/must be discontinued.

In Islām, if something isn’t Obligatory: if there’s a higher Probability that Muslims won’t be able to maintain it and/or do it correctly, not only is it Islāmically-Allowable to discontinue it (depending on what it is), it would also then be Islāmically-Mandatory to discontinue it, if the Harm resulting from it becomes greater than its Benefit.

The following Hadīth gives us Precedent, as to the Islāmic-Allowability to discontinue something which is not Mafrūdh:20170802_183904In Conclusion, let 1-Thing remain Crystal-Clear: Female-Circumcision is in no Way akin to Female Genital Mutilation. So, do not…I repeat, do not continue to allow Ignorant/Islāmophobic (Muslims and/or Non-Muslims) People attempt to treat Circumcision and FGM as though they’re the same Things, because they’re clearly not akin to one another at all. And, stop allowing them to promote this Fallacy that FGM is supported by Islām.

Gareth Bryant/2017

What is “Islāmic-Feminism”/What is a “Muslim-Feminist”?!!!

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Author’s note:

Since Feminism has taken a very significant foothold, within the greater Muslim-World, in our modern-age, as a direct-result of the atrocities brought on by Misogyny, many Muslims, both Men & Women, whom are religiously in favor of Feminism, have decided to coin the term “Islamic-Feminism/Muslim-Feminist”, to identify with the greater Feminist-Movement, with an Islamic/Religious spin on how it should be applied to the lives of Muslims, Muslim-Women, particularly/especially. So, now, we have Muslims, from everywhere, whether their in Muslim or Non-Muslim nations, adhering to this new-wave of Feminism, called “Islamic-Feminism”, attempting to consolidate the fundamentals of Feminism & Islam, together, as though they are one in the same.

The following is my conclusion, after attending the highly-anticipated, highly-controversial, ICNYU Shuruq event, “Why All Muslims Should Be Feminists”:

A Muslim being forthright concerning the pursuit of socio-religious equality, between Men & Women, doesn’t make one an Islamic-Feminist/Muslim-Feminist, it simply makes one a Muslim. Just like: wanting to adhere to Islam, based upon the way of the Salaf (the Sahabah/Companions [May Allah be pleased with them all-together] & theTab’in/Followers [May Allah mercify them all-together]) doesn’t make one a Salafi-Muslim, wanting the global-unity of the Muslims make one an Ikhwani-Muslim, having respect/love for Ahl-il-Bayt/the People of the House (the Muslim-Relatives of Muhammad [Peace be upon him] & their descendants) doesn’t make one a Shi`i-Muslim, striving to establish a, solid, spiritual-connection with Allah doesn’t make one a Sufi-Muslim. The term Feminism, Islamic-Feminism, etc. are just excuses, among many others to attempt to monopolize elements of Islam, which have existed, before the inception of these respective coined-concepts & movements. In other words, calling to “Feminism”, regardless of intent, is just as divisive as calling to “Salafism”, “Shi`ism”, “Sufism”, ‘Nepotism’, “Ethnocentrism” “Racism”, “Nationalism”, “Classim”, “Chauvinism”/”Sexism” or any/all other ‘ism’s’ out there.

Gareth Bryant/2013

My Message to the Women of the World:

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Humza Oza pic

Author’s note:

This lovely poem has been duly written by Humza Oza, a heavy-hearted individual, with a lot of substance, and a lot of important & beautiful things to write about.

Why don’t you see?

And continue to suffer indignity

Hijab is not what brings you down
Verily, your scarf is your crown

For you see in Islam, women are royalty
Virtuous and filled with true beauty

And only for worthy eyes to see

So you see, the veil is not opression
Nor does it bring women in depression

Women of the World

Do you now see?
Hijab is what truly sets you free

Humza Oza/2013

Some Brief Islamic-History (the Origin of al-Hijāb/Islāmic-Dresscode):

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Hijab and Niqab pic

Author’s-Note:
This Article has been written as a Result of a Previous-Lecture that I had given about al-Hijāb/Islāmic-Dresscode at Hudson County Community College, in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Unfortunately, whenever the Subject of Hijāb comes-up, it’s basically always Gendercentric/Gynoentric-It’s always concentrating upon the Hijāb of the Muslim-Woman & not enough, or at all, upon the Hijāb of the Muslim-Man. I personally view this Bias, when it comes to only mentioning the Hijāb of the Woman, without including the Hijāb of the Man, as very unjust/unfair, for the following reasons: It gives Lots of Muslims&Non-Muslims the Impression that Muslim-Men can wear whatever they want, without Reservation, which makes the Islāmic-Mandates of Hijāb seem Misogynistic. Also, the Rise of a Feminist-Mentality (amongst Muslim&Non-Muslim Women) has established the very Radically-Deviant Opinion that Muslim-Women don’t have to wear Hijāb at all, because it’s something that puts Muslim-Women back, as opposed to putting them forward. Then, there’s the whole Fallacy that the Hijāb is just an “Arab-Thing”, or something which predated al-Islām in “Pre-Islāmic Arabia”.

Firstly, the Farīdhah/Islāmic-Ordinance of al-Hijāb originates not from “Pre/Post Islamic-Arabia”, but rather, according to “Stories of the Prophets”, written by ibn-Kathir, the Hijāb was initially an established Islāmic-Mandate for our Human-Parents: the 1st-Muslims from amongst Mankind, Ādam/Adam&Hawwā’/Eve (Peace be upon both of them)-Ibn-Kathir has clearly explained, in his work, that when they disobeyed Allah & ate from the Tree which Allah told them not to go near in the Paradise: they were evicted from the Paradise itself. When they were subjected to live upon the Earth, Allah had thus commissioned both of them to wear Clothing, to cover their private areas. So, Adam had made Clothing for himself, which covered him, from his Navel to his Knees (which coincides perfectly with the Statement of Muhammad [Peace be upon him] when he described the `Awrah [Private-Area] of the Man in which & he said, “Whatever lies between the Navel & to the Knees is an `Awrah/Privacy.”.[Sunan ad-Dāraqtūnī & al-Bayhaqī]), and made Clothing for Eve, which covered her entire body from Head2Toe (which also coincides perfectly with how Muhammad [Peace be upon him] described the `Awrah [Private-Area of the Woman] when he said, “A Woman is is to cover her Entire-Body & reveal nothing except her Face&Hands, once she becomes pubescent.”.[Sunan Abū-Dāwud])-Now keep in mind that they were the only Humans upon the Earth at this time. So, the Fact that this was ordained for them, when there were no Other-Humans around, except them, is very important & significant. This proves undoubtedly that the Hijāb for both Men & Women possesses Roots via Islāmic-Antiquity.

In All-Reality, the Purpose of al-Hijāb is to maintain proper Etiquette & Decency between Men & Women, that they treat one another with Respect, and not to merely view one another nor themselves just Sexual-Objects. But, unfortunately, we all live in a Modern/Secular-Context, which pintificayes/promotes General/Full-Scale Immorality via Sexualization of our Global-Society. Also, we live in an Age where these disgusting Misogynistic&Feminist-Ideas of what Men&Women are outside of an Islāmic-Context & this has caused Muslim-Men&Muslim-Women to have developed Demented Religio-Stances as to how to practice al-Islām on an Individual-Level, as well as a Social-Level. For now, let’s just stick with the individual aspect of practicing al-Islām.

The Feminist-Community has basically blacklisted the Islāmic-Obligation of Muslim-Women to cover properly as something “Archaic/Savage”, meant to demean Women. On the Contrary: both Masculine-Hijāb & Feminine-Hijāb was established to uplift both respective Genders, never to debase either of them. However, because Secularism has become the Ideological-King of our Modern-Societies, People like Members of the Feminist-Community have actually supported various Movements to get Feminine-Hijāb banned in as many places as possible. Basically, they want Muslim-Women to shame themselves before Men, as well as Other-Women, by exposing Parts of their Bodies which Allah has ordained to be covered & concealed from Public-View, as Allah says in the Qur’ān: “Oh, Prophet!!! Tell your Wives, Daughters & the Believing-Women to cover themselves with their Garments. This is to ensure that they be recognized & not harassed. And, Allah is All-Forgiving, Most-Merciful.”.(Chpt.33, V.59) In all actuality the purpose of al-Hijāb is not to make us miserable, rather to dignify our Humanity. I mean, really: do you want a bunch of Horny, Ill-Mannered Men who don’t believe in Allah & the Last-Day or Disobedient-Muslims to drool over the sight of your Body?!!! We need to seriously think about this!!!

Now, there are those who would argue that Men should have more Self-Control, or that Women shouldn’t have to cover just because Men are Lustful. Well, from a Human-Perspective: that’s a very Good-Point. But, we’re not the ones who make the Rules; rather, the Creator/Lord of the Universe has ordained how Men & Women are to worship, behave, act, and dress…not us-The Whole-Reason that Allah has ordained that Men&Women cover Different-parts of our Bodies is because by our very Human-Nature, which He has created us with: Men&Women are Anatomically-Attracted to Different-Things. Let’s be very honest here: we all know that, even anatomically, Women are more attractive & possess more to offer Men than the other way around.

The reason why Women are required to cover their Entire-Bodies is because every Aspect of the External-Anatomy of a Woman is attractive to some Man in some Way. And it’s not normally the Other-Way around. Meaning that every Aspect of the Anatomy of a Man isn’t attractive to a Woman. Women are attracted to very Specific-Things on a Man’s-Body, while Men are attracted to a whole Number of Things on a Woman’s-Body. The Islāmic-Ordinance for both Men & Women to cover their Bodies a Certain-Way is actually a Mercy from Allah, for all of the Reasons that I already mentioned previously. The Whole-Notion of supporting Secular-Legislation in Countries that are attempting to legally eradicate Feminine-Hijāb are truly indicates that there’s People whom’re hell-bent on establishing Secularism everywhere. They’re the Aides of ash-Shaytan/Satan…his Shayātīn/Satanists. Their Aim/Goal is to extinguish the Light of Allah (i.e. al-Islām). This is systematically being allowed, because, al-Islām is the only Force that stands in between those who wish to see the World immersed in complete Ego/Desire-Driven al-Fasād/Corruption, and their Goal of a World without any Morality via Divine-Guidance established anywhere.

Gareth Bryant/2012