An Islamic organisation based in Kerala has reportedly stated that the practice of male circumcision among Muslims is “unscientific” and has not been mentioned anywhere in the Quran.
Khur’aan Sunnath Society, based in Kozhikode and founded by progressive Islamic cleric Chekannur Maulavi, has termed male circumcision as baseless and as a "primitive form of forced religious conversion”, according to a report in The Hindu.
Speaking at an event in Kozhikode on Monday, Dr M Abdul Jaleel Puttekkadu, the vice-president of the society, said that circumcision is an African tribal custom and had been in existence thousands of years before the Prophet Mohammed.
The basis of this practice is a fake Hadith that the Prophet had undergone circumcision - Khur’aan Sunnath Society
Referring to the recent reports that female genital mutilation (FGM) is being practised widely across Kerala and in several parts of the country, Jaleel said that Prophet Mohammed had never recommended circumcision even for boys, let alone girls.
“The basis of this practice is a fake Hadith that the Prophet had undergone circumcision. There is, however, no proof in the actual Hadith that it was performed on him or his descendants,” he pointed out.
Jaleel said that like Christian priests perform baptism on children to declare them as Christians, Arabian Sunnis perform circumcision on their children to trap them inside a ritualistic circle called Ahlu Sunna.
Khur’aan Sunnath Society's statement on circumcision has come at a time when FGM has become a major topic of debate in Kerala.
Asianet Newsable had recently revealed that the procedure is carried out at hospitals and clinics in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram, directly or through intermediaries found on popular online forums.
If Khur’aan Sunnath Society's claims are true and the Quran doesn't mention circumcision, one wonders how the practice came about. According to Jaleel, it was inserted into Islam by Abu Hurairah, one of the disciples of the Prophet, who later became a major narrator of the Hadith.
Asianet Newsable tried to get in touch with Khur’aan Sunnath Society for clarification regarding the statements but the organisation has refused to make further comments on the issue.