In a brave and timely move, the Islamic Centre of Ireland last night issued a fatwa declaring all forms of FGM as un-Islamic and sinful. Shaykh Dr. Umar al-Qadri authored the fatwa, calling for Muslims to speak against the precise, stop it if they are aware of its occurrence, and report any knowledge of it to the authorities. The fatwa was issued in response to irresponsible and unfactual comments by Dr. Ali Selim on RTÈ’s Primetime show, where he appeared to defend the practice. After a period of confusion and intense discussion on social media, the Islamic Centre of Ireland’s initiative and fatwa goes a long way to reclaim the voice of mainstream Islam from such divisive voices.


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