Massive numbers of Muslim migrants from the Middle East and Africa have brought and spread the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the Western nations that have welcomed them.
“Along with immigration has come these practices,” said Dr. M. Zuhdi Jasser, a practicing Muslim and president and founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy.
“There is a significant amount of denial within the community and with the sort of apologetic … folks on both the Left and the Right who want to dissociate these things from religion,” he told LifeZette.
In April, Detroit-area doctor Jumana Nagarwala was arrested for violating a federal law prohibiting FGM. Within days, another area doctor, Fakhruddin Attar, and three of his associates were also arrested. But what was at first thought to be a horrific, but isolated, series of crimes has turned out to be a nationwide issue.
The Detroit News reported in June that Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward revealed in court that as many as 100 girls may have been subjected to FGM by Nagarwala and Attar over the course of 12 years. On Tuesday, the newspaper reported that court records indicate the federal probe of the conspiracy has been expanded to Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York.
“Because it’s illegal in the West, many of these girls are trafficked back to Somalia or wherever they’re from in order to get that procedure done, and they often come back mutilated and tortured,” said Jasser.
“And just like they’re trafficked abroad, the cases in Detroit found that where there are populations of [Muslim] families living, the adults were bringing their kids, seven and eight year old girls, to have it done in Detroit because of that insular community,” he said.
The problem isn’t confined to the U.S., either. The very day The Detroit News revealed the nationwide nature of the FGM conspiracy in the states, the non-profit nongovernmental organization Terre des Femmes claimed that 58,000 women in Germany had been subjected to the practice and and 13,000 underage girls living in the European nation are at risk.
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“In Germany, more and more girls and women are affected by female genital mutilation,” the feminist NGO said in a press release. “[T]he number of women affected increased by 10,000 in 2016, while the vulnerable girls increased by 4,000.”
The migrant crisis has driven the dramatic increase, according to the organization.
“‘The increase is due in particular to increased migration from countries in which female genital mutilation is practiced,” explained Charlotte Weil, spokesperson for Terre des Femmes, in the statement. “This is particularly true of Iraq, Eritrea and Somalia.”
“The number of women affected by Iraqi citizenship in Germany rose by 61 per cent in the last year, and that of vulnerable girls by as much as 118 per cent, has more than doubled,” the statement continued.
In the United Kingdom there were a recorded 8,660 cases in which FGM was identified or performed between April 2015 and March 2016, according to statistics compiled by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
“A lot of the coverage [of the Detroit ring] tried to say that because it was being done by a Shia sect, it was an aberrancy and had nothing to do with Islam — and that’s completely false,” said Jasser, whose organization seeks to combat the ideology of Islamism by teaching how Islam is compatible with the U.S. Constitution and secular society.
“You will find that every sect in Islam has clerics [that advocate the practice],” he said.
Jasser brought up the case of Imam Shaker Elsayed, a Northern Virginia Sunni cleric and leader in the Islamic Society of North America who was discovered in June to be preaching in favor of the practice because it allegedly prevents “hyper-sexuality” in girls.
He also criticized those like Alan Dershowitz, who have sought a legal solution to permit a less severe version of the practice and argued that it is no different from circumcision. Jasser explained that FGM has five types, ranging in severity.
But the level of severity is irrelevant, he stressed, because in any case it is dangerous. And more importantly, while male circumcision is a religious ritual symbolizing a covenant with God, FGM is nothing more than a barbaric, misogynistic practice.
“The procedure done to girls and why these parents insist on trafficking their kids to get it done — and what the imam [in Northern Virginia] taught … and hundreds of thousands of imams are teaching — is that … the reason there’s hedonism and sexual deviancy done in the West is because their sexuality is not controlled after birth with this procedure,” Jasser said. (go to page 2 to continue reading) [lz_pagination]