Query: I’m married foreign woman and we have disagree about Male Circumcision in Islam. So, can I have very clear religion answer about that as soon as it’s possible to convincing my wife why we do it in Islam and I hope your answer be so deep and so clear to kill and doubt that why we Muslims do it .
Male circumcision has been known for ages. In Islam, the prophet (peace be upon him) called it one of the practices of Fitrah (Sunan Al-Fitrah): Five practices are of Fitrah: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and plucking the hair of the armpits.” (Bukhari, Book #72, Hadith #779).
Fitrah means actions befitting the natural state of man or the known practice. Ibrahim had been circumcised as mentioned in the Glorious Qur’an: “Then, We have sent revelation to you (O Muhammad SAW saying): “Follow the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) Hanif (Islamic Monotheism – to worship none but Allah) and he was not of the Mushrikûn (polytheists, idolaters, disbelievers.” (16: 123).
Circumcision is wajib (mandatory) for Jumhur al-fuqahaa’ (the majority of founders of the four leading schools of thought or mazhahib) from Malikiya, al-Shafi’iya and Hanbaliyyah. Malik stressed male circumcision saying: Imam Malik declares that the testimony of a non-circumcised man cannot be admitted, nor should he serve as imam.” Imam Abu Hanifah maintains that it’s a Sunnah.
Male circumcision is undertaken in Islam and Judaism right after birth; and it’s undertaken by others after or during adolescence. There are many advantages of male circumcision; including: following the command of the prophet (peace be upon him) which is the removal of the foreskin that covers the glans to achieve purification and cleanliness.
It has health benefits and is done for preventive reasons from lots of diseases; such as genital herpes, Gonorrhea, Syphilis, penitis, penile cancer, urinary tract diseases, uterine cancer for women and others.
Specialized doctors recommend it and started to undertake it for its preventive effects.
Sources: Al-Azhar Al-Sharif