What is the ruling on female circumcision?

Question 178What is the ruling on the circumcision of girls? If it is permissible, at what age should they be circumcised? What is the Islaamic way to do it? I have a 9 year-old girl whom I want to circumcise. Can I do it while she is at this age?

Answer: Circumcision is one of Sunan-ul-Fitrah (natural hygiene), according to the Hadeeth narrated by ‘Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) in the Two Saheeh (authentic) Books of Hadeeth (i.e. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Five practices are characteristics of Fitrah (natural disposition): circumcision, shaving the pubic region, plucking the armpit hair, clipping the nails and cutting the moustaches short.… read more here.

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