Tuesday, August 25, 2009

US to circumcise all boys to fight HIV

Assalaam'aaleykum!


I was reading the newspaper today and on the main page was the heading US to circumcise all boys to fight HIV and I was like chuckling to myself-Allah-hu-Akbar! What our prophhet encouraged us to do ages back is now being encouraged by Modern day Medical experts and that too in a country that hates Islam.

Let's see it through an Islamic perspective, male circumcision has been an innate part of Islamic values and belief. It has been in practice since the time of Prophet Ibrahim [A.S]. In Islam, it is considered as one of the five 'Fitrah' which means innate disposition or natural characteristic.

Prophet (pbuh) said: Five practices are characteristics of the Fitra: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, cutting the moustaches short, clipping the nails, and depilating the hair of the armpits."
-- Sahih Bukhari, book 72, hadith 779

And this is the whole story from my newspaper :

Public health officials are considering promoting routine circumcision for all baby boys born in the United States to reduce the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. The topic is a delicate one that has already generated controversy, even though a formal draft of the proposed recommendations, due out from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention by the end of the year, has yet to be released.

Experts are also considering whether the surgery should be offered to adult heterosexual men whose sexual practices put them at high risk of infection. But they acknowledge that a circumcision drive in the US would be unlikely to have a drastic impact: the procedure does not seem to protect those at greatest risk here, men who have sex with men.


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