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The practice of circumcision is

no different to any other prescribed religious rite - the practice is universal, gender defines the nuance.

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The Practice of Female Circumcision

Khatna (Arabic: ختنة‎‎) is the term for male and female circumcision carried out as an Islamic rite by Muslims. When performed on males, it is referred to as khatna, and when performed on females it is referred to as khafd (Arabic: خفض).

In the Muslim and Jewish religious practice, male circumcision is the removal of the prepuce, or foreskin, of the penis. Analogous to the religious and legally protected practice of male circumcision, khafd is the ritual nicking or slight cutting of the prepuce covering the clitoris.

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The Islamic Perspective

Islam is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion which professes that there is only one and incomparable God (Allah), and that Muhammad is the last messenger of Allah. The primary scriptures of Islam are the Quran and the teachings and normative example (called the Sunnah) of the Prophet Muhammad. The differences that arise between the various Islamic sects of Islam are based on each respective sect’s interpretation of the Quran and the Sunnah.

According to Islamic texts, khafd is an essential component of taharah (religious purity).

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