A Virginia imam has been filmed advocating for female genital mutilation, describing it as the ‘honorable thing to do’ for young girls.
Imam Shaker Elsayed seemed to throw his support behind the practice during a lecture at the Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, last Friday.
‘(Circumcism is) a sunna for the boys, and the honorable thing to do – if needed – for the girls. This is something that a Muslim gynecologist can tell you if you need to or not,’ he said in the video, which was posted on the center’s YouTube page before being removed.
Footage of the speech has since been posted online by the Middle East Research Media Institute. In it, the imam continued: ‘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.’
Elsayed’s speech then changed course and focused on the reasons why the practice had to be carried out by someone with proper ‘training and knowledge’.
‘Of course, if that lady or surgeon cut more than the tip, it causes serious harm in the sexual life of the child when she grows up, and this is why the West thinks of (it) as sexual mutilation,’ he said.
‘Because in many of the Muslim countries, ladies and men who are not qualified and do not have the training or the knowledge as to what exactly needs to be done, they cut more than needed.
‘They end up damaging the sexual sensuality of the woman, when she becomes an adult, and she becomes cool or cold in the sexual relationship. And this is haram. This is prohibited, OK?’
The lecture then took another turn, as the imam explained…
- Controversial Virginia imam says female genital cutting prevents ‘hyper-sexuality’