http://www.clarionproject.org/news/mald ... -rape-billVice President of the Fiqh Academy, Dr. Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef has not only stated that its permitted to mutilate female genitalia in Islam, but endorsed it.
Iyaz said several credible hadiths from the Prophet Mohamed demonstrated female circumcision is obligatory in Islam.
According to Iyaz, five things are part of the fitrah [nature] – circumcision, shaving the pubic region, trimming the moustache, cutting the nails and plucking the armpit hairs.
Today, being the international day of zero tolerance to female genital mutilation, the UNFPA has called female genital mutilation an assault on women’s health and an impediment to the well-being of their families, communities and countries.
“A hadith relayed by Aisha [Prophet Mohamed’s wife] says: ‘A bath becomes obligatory if one sleeps with your wife and the circumcised parts touch each other.’ The word circumcision has been applied to both men and women here. The hadith demonstrates that women must be circumcised as well,” said Iyaz, answering a question posted on his website.
“Circumcision of girls is a religious obligation that is slowly fading from many Muslim communities. It is an obligation or Sunnah that we must not let go of. It is the symbol that differentiates Muslims from non-Muslims.”
This Dr. Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef seems to be an unpleasant bigot.The Maldivian president has refused to sign a bill that criminalizes marital rape in cases where the couple has filed for divorce, has mutually separated or if the intent is to transmit a sexual disease, claiming that it is “un-Islamic.”
The Maldives parliament ratified the bill last month by a margin of 67-2, but Maldives newly elected President Abdulla Yameen vetoed the bill after the vice president of the Maldives Fiqh Academy, Mohamed Iyaz Abdul Latheef, said there are no circumstances that allow a wife to deny sex to her husband according to the Quran and the Sunnah.
“With the exception of forbidden forms of sexual intercourse ... it is not permissible under any circumstance for a woman to refrain from it when the husband is in need,” Latheef was quoted as saying.
Latheef also said a wife must demonstrate “complete obedience to her husband” even in the circumstances outlined in the bill.
The Maldives, located in the Indian Ocean, has a population of close to 330,000, and is considered to be 100 percent Muslim. Its constitution states that “no law contrary to any tenet of Islam shall be enacted.”
A story from the Maldives last August, covered by the Clarion Project, garnered world outrage when a 15-year-old girl was given a sentence of 100 lashes for having pre-marital sex. The girl had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather while growing up, and her stepfather had also killed a baby she had given birth to from the rape.
The sentence came after the girl admitted to having sex with another man. It was later overturned by a higher court amid worldwide pressure.