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Circumcision in the Qur'an part two

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), May 6, 2017 at 11:40

Dr Pipes

As you know the Islamic Historical Tradition is very vast and to paraphrase the late Patricia Crone one might discover in a Muslim literary source that Muhammad was even a "Fabian Socialist" But this is really the problem with the Islamic literary sources that you can find the Yes, No, May be and only Allahu A'lam (only Allah knows) to just about any issue in Islam including circumcision

There is a famous tradition attributed to 'Aisha where she was quoted as saying: "If you wish to know anything about Abul Qasim (Muhammad) then you will find it in the Qur'an"

However in regard to circumcision both the male and the female variety the Qur'an is silent If you turn to al-Ahadith you will not find a Hadith Sahih that tells us much about if Muhammad was or was not circumcised which would be very surprising to Muslims and non Muslims And even 'Aisha which described Muhammad and his life in minute details she is also silent about the question:"Was Muhammad circumcised or not"

In this video by Brother Rashid reviews the Muslim literary sources and the doubts that Muhammad was circumscribed!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2-dEiHhYok

And some traditions in response to this very puzzling question هل ولد النبي محمد مختونا or Was the Prophet Muhammad born circumscribed? We are told that Muhammad was born circumcised (hypospadias may be? or born with no foreskin)

http://fatwa.islamweb.net/fatwa/index.php?page=showfatwa&Option=FatwaId&Id=134404

This was really based on the Quranic verses

1. فتبرك الله احسن الخلقين (Q23:14)

Or Allah the be blessed the best of those that create

2. لا تبديل لخلق الله (Qur'an 30:30)

Or Do not change what was created by Allah

These two verses could be read as what Allah created is the best and it is not to be changed which really means that both male and female circumcision cannot Islamic and it very well explains why some of al-Mufasereen believed that Muhammad was born "circumcised"

And as would be expected we are told in some traditions that Muhammad's grandfather is the one who performed Muhammad's circumcision because his father was already dead when he was born but this would contradict Q30:30

http://www.ahlalhdeeth.com/vb/showthread.php?t=74845

I'm sure by now the readers can understand why did the Libyan Judge mentioned in the previous post believed that circumcision both male and female is not Islamic

Indeed some of Muslim opponents of FGM quote Q30:30 as evidence that FGM cannot be Islamic The difficulty here is the same verse can be read as the male variety is not Islamic

And this is indeed the tragedy of Islam and it is: What to do with the literary sources we have today that make circumcision part of Islam

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