Question: Why do Muslims circumcise?

For Muslims, male circumcision is performed for religious reasons, mainly to follow the sunnah (practice) of Prophet Muhammad ﷺ. Moreover, there are attempts to label it as a contributor to cleanliness / personal hygiene. These are done largely to grant the practice scientific legitimacy and a moral foundation.

Why is circumcision important to God?

Circumcision was enjoined upon the biblical patriarch Abraham, his descendants and their slaves as a token of the covenant concluded with him by God for all generations, an everlasting covenant (Genesis 17:13), thus it is commonly observed by two (Judaism and Islam) of the Abrahamic religions.

What is the age limit for circumcision?

Men can be circumcised at any age. Children can also be circumcised at any age. Whether a man is 18 years old or 86 years old, if he desires to be circumcised or has a medical necessity to undergo circumcision, he can undergo circumcision at any time.

What does Islam say about circumcision?

Imam Abu Hanifa and Imam Malik consider circumcision to be recommended but not obligatory. This means that if done, its doer is rewarded by God, and if not done, there is no punishment or reward. The scholars agree that circumcision entails the removal of all or the majority of the foreskin that covers the glans only.

Do pediatricians recommend circumcision?

A revised AAP policy statement does not recommend routine circumcision for newborn males, but it does say current evidence indicates the health benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks.

Is it safe to circumcise a 5 year old?

Squiers says that its best not to perform circumcision when boys are 4 or 5 years old because thats when they are very aware of their genitalia.

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