Today’s episode is all about clarifying the misconception that FGM (female genital mutilation) is practiced in Islam. I recently heard a podcast where a “former Muslim” mentioned that FGM is “mandatory under the Shafi’i madhab.” Of course, being Muslim, I was shocked. How can my religion allow such gross acts? How can my religion promote and make “mandatory” such a barbaric practice? I took it upon myself to find the answers to these questions. After researching, I was led me to Imam Afroz Ali, of SeekersHub.org and his wonderful blog post (link below) dissecting this huge misconception. I am honored that he accepted my invitation to come on the podcast and help clarify all claims regarding FGM being practiced in Islam.
You can follow Imam Afroz Ali on Twitter @afroz
Links Mentioned In This Episode:
- Mutilating Facts: Setting the Record Straight About Female Circumcision & Genital Mutilation
About Imam Afroz Ali
In addition to teaching for SeekersGuidance, Imam Afroz serves on the SeekersGuidance Management Team as the Managing Director.
He is also the Founder and President of Al-Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences & Human Development based in Sydney, Australia. Imam Afroz conducts corporate training on a range of subjects, including Team building, Personal Leadership, Change Management, Business Strategy Development and Corporate Ethics. He also utilises his corporate training skills to mentor and train community organisations in Community Sustainability Programs, Personal Leadership and Interpersonal Skills, Spiritual Development, Motivation and Goals Setting.
Imam Afroz is a founding member of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. He is also the recipient of the International Ambassador for Peace award and is an Australian Ambassador for the Charter for Compassion. He has initiated philanthropic as well as sustainable environment projects in Australia and abroad, and continues to advocate for peace, acceptance, justice and interpersonal rights.
In 2012, Imam Afroz Ali was been selected by The Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre amongst ‘The 500 Most Influential Muslims’. *