Mohammed Abdul, the Imam of a Bristol mosque, was filmed urging a follower to take women and girls abroad so they can be circumcised legally. The practice was banned by law in 2003, and it's illegal to help or encourage anyone to carry out the barbaric procedure overseas.
(Didn't you hear? Muslims don't have to obey man-made laws, only sharia law)
During a meeting with Mohammed Abdul at the Masjid al-Huda mosque: 'In this country, it is not possible, we cannot do that. (For) any other Muslim who likes to practice the way of Prophet Muhammad, the best way is to go to other countries.
'Some families, they go to Africa or Arab countries. 'In this country you have to fight for your religion, your cultures, They (the British) don't like your Muslim cultures.'
The procedure, which involves the removal of external female genitalia, causes incredible pain and leaves women scarred for life. In some cases the vagina is sewn shut. It's estimated 100,000 women in Britain have undergone the procedure and another 24,000 are thought to be at risk.
Dr Yunes Teinaz, who works for anti-FGM charity Forward, tells The Sunday Times: 'As a result of misinformation spread by so-called Muslim scholars, young girls are being mutilated and subjected to unimaginable pain and suffering.'
Since the law was passed in 2003, no-one has been prosecuted for carring out female genital mutilation. Forward chief executive Naana Otoo-Oyortey said she hopes the new evidence will force the government to do more to combat the problem. She said: 'With the summer approaching, this is the time when most children are at risk of being taken abroad to be mutilated.'
American Muslim Doctor calls female genital mutilation an 'honor under Islam.'
Translating Jihad The Association of Muslim Jurists of America (AMJA) senior committee member Dr. Hatem al-Haj, PhD, MD, explains why female circumcision is recommended and even 'an honor' for women. This is the same practice which is popularly known as female genital mutilation (FGM) due to the pain it causes women.
The World Health Organization (WHO) asserts that "the procedure has no health benefits for women," and causes a range of health problems including "severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth."
Yet Dr. al-Haj, who is also a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, ignores FGM's detrimental effects on women's health, and instead argues that it is 'an honor' for women.
He justifies this position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of mainstream Sunni Islamic thought, all of which attest to FGM's legitimacy under Islam.
He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counselled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be "more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman's] husband."