Circumcision (male) Islam
See: Brit milah
Muslims are currently the largest single religious group to practice widespread circumcision http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khitan_%28circumcision%29
Islam and male circumcision
To Mutilate in the Name of Allah or Jehovah
In our opinion, a God who demands that his believers be mutilated and
branded on their genitals the same as cattle, is a God of questionable ethics.
It could be legitimate to perform either male or female circumcision, as any
other surgery, for specific, extremely rare, medical reasons on specific
individuals. But to arbitrarily mutilate children, boys or girls, under the
pretext that it is for their own good, shows an influence of cynicism and
That is why there is no valid justification of the distinction made between male and female circumcision. Doctor Zwang goes further: "Female circumcision will never stop as long as male circumcision is going on. How do you expect to convince an African father to leave his daughter uncircumcised as long as you let him do it to his son?" There is no alternative but to condemn the attitude of international and non-governmental organizations which dissociate one type of circumcision from the other, giving legitimacy to male circumcision in the process. Religion has been a means of justifying both male and female circumcision. It is time to expose the irrationality behind this thinking and reveal the harmful influence of some religious circles which are in favour of it or refuse to denounce it.
Circumcision being performed in central Asia (probably Turkestan), c. 1865–1872. Restored albumen print.