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.

Pessimism about marriage or circumcision in Safar

Question 3: We heard that some people believe that no one should marry or be circumcised in the month of Safar. We would like you to guide us to the truth according to Islaamic Sharee‘ah (Islaamic law). May Allaah protect you!

Answer: What is mentioned with regard to the prohibition of marriage or circumcision during the month of Safar is superstition. Being superstitious of months, days, birds and similar animals is not permissible. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim reported on the authority of `Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: There is no ‘Adwaa (contagion, disease transmission naturally by itself not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Haamah (pre-Islaamic superstitious belief that the bones of a dead person turn into an owl), nor is there Safar (the month of Safar was believed to bring bad luck during Jaahiliyyah). Being superstitious about the month of Safar falls under forbidden pessimism that discourages from acting and is one of the acts of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islamic time of ignorance) that was annulled by Islaam... read more here.

Pessimism about marriage and circumcision during the month of Safar

Question 97: Some beliefs say that people should not marry or get circumcised in Safar. We would like you to guide us to the truth in this regard, according to Sharee’ah (Islaamic law). May Allaah protect you!

Answer: What is mentioned with regard to avoiding marriage or circumcision during Safar is a type of pessimism. Being pessimistic about months, days, birds, and other animals is not permissible. Al-Bukhaaree and Muslim reported on the authority of Aboo Hurayrah (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said: (There is) no ‘Adwaa (contagion or disease transmission naturally and not by the Decree of Allaah), nor is there any Tiyaarah (evil omen), nor is there any Haamah (the omen of the night bird, i.e. Owl), nor is there (any bad omen in the month of) Safar. Being pessimistic about the month of Safar falls under forbidden pessimism. It is one of the acts of Jaahiliyyah (pre-Islaamic time of ignorance) that was annulled by Islaam... read more here.

Is circumcision one of the prerequisites of embracing Islaam?

Question 27: I have been reading about Islaam for a long time and I have been discussing it with many Muslims. Some of my Turkish friends say that circumcision is one of the prerequisites of embracing Islaam! I can not believe this for I have never heard or read of it before. Maybe circumcision is a habit that is practiced only in Turkey. I would like to get the correct information regarding this matter from you. Please kindly reply in German because I do not have good command of English.

Answer: All Praise is due to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. Circumcision is one of Sunan-ul-Fitrah (Islamic practices of personal hygiene)… read more here.

Is circumcision applied only upon males?

Question 24: Is it only obligatory for males to be circumcised?

Answer: All Praise be to Allaah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions. Circumcision is one of Sunan-ul-Fitrah (Islaamic practices of personal hygiene)… read more here.