Tuesday, December 25, 2012

SYDNEY: Imam condems female "mutilation" defends "circumcision"

The Australian
December 24, 2012

Female circumcision is a right, says imam

by Rachel Baxendale

A MUSLIM leader and outspoken opponent of female genital mutilation says female circumcision, which he defines as the partial removal of the clitoral hood, is not only an utterly distinct practice, but the "divinely ordained right of a woman" under Islam.

Sydney-based Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development founder and president, Imam Afroz Ali, appeared on the ABC's 7:30 program in October, condemning female genital mutilation and saying he had been told by community members of its occurrence in Australia.

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