A Detroit physician was arrested earlier this week for performing the grisly practice of female genital mutilation on young girls in a first-of-its-kind case prosecuted in America.
Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, a Muslim physician and native of western India, performed the procedure, described as “barbaric” by U.S. Justice Department prosecutors, on girls ages 6 to 8.
At least two of her small victims were brought from Minnesota by their parents to have the procedure done. Minnesota, like Michigan, has a large population of Muslim immigrants who would seek out this procedure for their daughters.
But, by most media accounts of the alleged crime, one would never know where female genital mutilation gets its inspiration.
Articles by the New York Times, the Detroit News, the Times of India, Washington Post and even Fox News, reported on the arrest without giving a single mention of the fact that the doctor is Muslim. The words Muslim, Islam and Shariah never appear in their articles.
Some of the most ardent women’s rights organizations in America have also been silent on the issue for years, even though the Centers for Disease Control has warned that more than 500,000 girls in the U.S. are at risk of having the procedure forced upon them.
But even when the media does report on FGM, as in Thursday’s reports, the tie to Islam is notably absent. This, despite the clear evidence that Islam is part of Sharia law, says a former top Shariah lawyer from Iran who authored a book about sexuality and honor in the Islamic culture.
Daniel Akbari says the Obama DOJ did nothing to put obstacles on the path of Islamization of this country and that includes its reluctance to prosecute doctors who perform FGM. The arrest Wednesday of Dr. Nagarwala was the first such arrest under federal law in U.S. history.
Sharia comes from Quran, the hadith, and the consensus of scholars, and one of the components of extreme Sharia is female “circumcision,” says Akbari, a former Shia Muslim and attorney who converted to Christianity.
Sahih al-Bukhari is the source of the circumcision rules in the Islamic hadiths, Akbari said.
“The source in Sahih is the same source for men’s circumcision. Nobody challenges the source,” Akbari told WND in an exclusive interview.
“One of the most extreme forms of Sharia law, regarding family, is to surgically remove the girls’ clitoris. Muslims call it female circumcision and Westerners consider it to be female genital mutilation,” he explained.
Sunna, which is another term for the hadith, is the path of the Messenger of Allah and obligatory for every Shariah-compliant Muslim.
“The Quran commands that whatever Allah and his messenger have forbidden or have commanded must be part of Islamic belief and practice. The fact female circumcision appears in the authentic hadiths means it is required in Shariah,” Akbari said. “It is against Islam to believe the Quran is the only and complete source of Islamic belief and practice. Without the hadith and ijma [consensus of the scholars] Islam is incomplete.”
In a valid hadith, reported by al-Bukhari, narrated Abu Huraira: “Allah’s Messenger said, ‘Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra [nature]: circumcisions, shaving the pubic region, clipping the nails and cutting the moustaches short.’” (Al-Bukhari Volume 7 Book 72 No.777)
The original Arabic word for circumcisions, al-Khitan, is plural and refers to genital parts of both man and woman.
Another hadith reported by Al-Tirmidhi says, “Aishah narrated that: the Prophet said: ‘When the circumcised meets the circumcised then bath is required.’ (Al-Tirmidhi Volume 1 Book 1 No.109)
These hadith are the same source used for male circumcision. The purpose of FGM is to reduce or eliminate a woman’s sexual pleasure, so they don’t become tempted to fall into Satan’s trap of adultery or fornication, Akbari said.
Genital cutting has been illegal in the United States since 1996, but that law was amended in 2013 to outlaw what is sometimes referred to as “vacation cutting,” or transporting a girl overseas to carry out the procedure. The procedure is not illegal under 26 states including Michigan, so the only way Dr. Nagarwala could have been arrested and charged was through the U.S. Department of Justice, headed by new Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
As a senator from Alabama, Sessions often made statements about the rising number of American women at risk of FGM, comments that were mostly ignored by Democrats.
A CDC report in 2012 found that approximately 513,000 women and girls in the U.S. were at risk of undergoing female genital mutilation, which was more than three times higher than an earlier estimate based on 1990 data.
Nahren Anweya, an Iraqi Christian whose family escaped Islamic persecution in that country and now lives in the Detroit area, said she was horrified but not shocked by this week’s news.
She said that while many try to make FGM out to be a cultural phenomenon associated with cultures in the Middle East and especially Africa, the practice does not occur in Christian families there.
“Living in Iraq, young female marriages were very common. Islamic extremists forcefully marry young Christian girls who were hostages as young as 4 to 6 years old. Genital mutilation is not common in Iraq but we would definitely hear about these types of atrocities among the Muslims from Africa and the extreme levels of this ideology is spreading,” she told WND.
“This ideology expresses that it is unacceptable for women to enjoy sexual intercourse with her husband and that they believe it prevents women from committing adultery even though it’s acceptable for a man to have multiple women,” Anweya said. “We have heard of young girls being forced into this and many of the girls have escaped their entire village to avoid the brutally painful procedure.”
In Africa, the procedure is typically performed in a camp or house without any anesthesia.
“I’ve heard of stories where some girls have actually passed away from this when the procedure was incorrectly performed and they bled to death as children,” Anweya said. “It’s psychologically and physically traumatizing to a child and their lives are ruined. Not only should women’s rights activists be all over this topic but human rights activists. Where are the thousands of women protesters who were flaunting their pro-women signs in Washington D.C? I consider this one of the worst anti-women and anti-children violations in our country. If we allow this type of extreme procedure then we are giving groups like ISIS a green light to brew in our country.”