Young girls need to have the tip of their “sexual sensitive part” cut off or “hypersexuality” will take over society and women will turn to multiple partners to satisfy their rampant sexual desires. So says Muslim Imam Shaker Elsayed, the resident imam at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia.
“In societies where circumcision of girls is completely prohibited, hypersexuality takes over the entire society,” Elsayed said, “and a woman is not satisfied with one person, or two, or three. This is, God forbid, now happening, even in Muslim societies, where they prohibit circumcision.”
Elsayed’s comments were captured in a video posted by the Middle East Research Institute (MEMRI). What he is advocating is called female genital mutilation (FGM), a practice prevalent in countries with large Muslim majorities like Somalia and Egypt. However, this horrific practice, which involves cutting off part or all of the external female genitalia is beginning to be practiced here in the United States.
According to the AHA Foundation, 500,000 women and young girls in the U.S. have suffered genital mutilation or are at risk of being mutilated. And several weeks ago, authorities charged two Michigan doctors and one of their wives in the first criminal federal prosecution in the U.S. involving FGM. The three reportedly mutilated the genitals of two seven-year-old girls from Minnesota at a clinic in Livonia, Michigan.
All the defendants in the federal case belong to a Shia Islamic sect called Dawoodi Bohra. The lawyers for one of the defendants says the procedure is religious in nature and that her client is being persecuted for her faith.
As I have written previously, FGM is most certainly an Islamic problem, even though some Muslim apologists like Reza Aslan like to argue otherwise. However Elsayed doesn’t try to distance FGM from Islam. Instead, he’s trying to make a case that FGM is good and necessary.
Elsayed says “mutilation” only occurs if the gynecologist cuts off more than the tip of the clitoris. But as long as the doctor cuts off only the tip, it’s actually “the honorable thing to do.”
I feel sick.