A Muslim imam in Virginia has advocated for continuing the practice of female genital mutilation.
Last month Imam Shaker Elsayed said that genital mutilation was “the honorable thing to do if needed.”
Elsayed was giving a talk at a child rearing and family life meeting last month.
Here’s how The Washington Post describes what the imam is suggesting:
Female genital mutilation (FGM), branded a human rights violation by the World Health Organization and by most governments, is a common practice among certain Muslim and Christian populations in Africa and parts of Asia. The practice can range from a small incision or partial removal of the clitoris to a full removal of the clitoris and labia and the infibulation of the vaginal opening — procedures that the WHO says can lead to hemorrhaging, chronic infections, childbirth complications, and even death.
— The Washington Post
The Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia attempted to distance itself from the imam’s remarks and noted that such practice is against U.S. law.
The larger question should be what is a person like Imam Shaker Elsayed doing in our country in the first place.