Imam Shaker Elsayed of Virginia posted a controversial video on Youtube (now deleted) where he talked about his support for female genital mutilation, even going so far as to say it would be the “honorable” thing for a woman to do. This is happening inside the United States!
“(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,” said Elsayed in the now-deleted video.
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.”
The Daily Mail reports:
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 why he believes the practice to be necessary.
‘On the contrary, you see in societies where circumcision of girls is completely prohibited, hyper-sexuality takes over the entire society, and a woman is not satisfied with one person, or two, or three,’ he said.
‘This is, God forbid, now happening even in Muslim societies where they prohibit circumcision.
‘They use a mistake in practice to prohibit the tradition, and they end up causing a lot of damage on the other extreme side of the sexual life of a woman.’