To whoever says that circumcision is an ancient Egyptian custom with no origin in the sunna, I say, Brother, review the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him). Let us consult the words of the Prophet (peace be upon him): “If you touch the male or female circumcision…” This hadith deals with the highest level of community health. In the highest level of health: “If you touch the male circumcision,” meaning the circumcision of men, “or the female circumcision,” meaning the circumcision of women, “washing is obligatory.” These are the true words from the Prophet. It makes no sense at all in Arabic to say, “If you touch the male circumcision for men or the female circumcision for men.” Men, does this apply to you–“male or female circumcision”? Or rather, with circumcision for men or circumcision for women, “washing is obligatory.”
Thus I say before Almighty Allah…that the female Muslim doctor, the female Muslim doctor, decides whether or not this girl needs circumcision. It might be that the girl does not need circumcision. That’s an entirely natural situation. But if this news were to get out, it could upset her relationship with husband. It would upset her marital life. The female Muslim doctor might also decide that the girl needs circumcision.
Of course this does not mean that I am subjecting the religion to inspection from a doctor. No, my brothers, this does not mean that I subject evidence from the shari’a to review from a doctor! But rather, I refer to the doctor because he confirms evidence from the shari’a. Brothers, pay attention to this–I do not subject the shari’a to examination from the doctor, for the doctor to determine whether the shari’a is healthy or not. Rather I refer the evidence from the shari’a, or I refer the case to the doctor, to confirm the object of the evidence from the shari’a. …some of them say it is required, and some say it is recommended.
I am not saying consult a barber, but consult a female doctor sister. The female doctor will decide, she might say this girl is normal or she might say that this part is excessive then you reduce it. This is justice. I don’t know why a German, British or American entity (thinks it can) come to us to decide for us the circumcision of our daughters! Why should they decide on matters of our girls and women? We base our religion on Allah’s book and the sayings of our beloved prophet and our scholars. Just study the issue in any book of fiqh. If we read the words of our scholars, and we review what the good scholars said, we will see that the issue is not new, and there is evidence for it in the book of our Lord or in the Sunnah of the Messenger (peace be upon him). I ask Almighty Allah to protect our women and girls, for He is capable over all things.
Egyptian Cleric Muhammad Hassan against Women and Copts Running for Presidency, Calls for Law Prohibiting Sale of Alcohol in Egypt; Would Rome accept a Muslim as the president of Italy? – New Middle East News
Following are excerpts from an interview with Egyptian cleric Sheik Muhammad Hassan, which aired on Dream 2 TV on April 14, 2011.
“The Constitution Declares that Islam is the Official Religion of the State, and that the Shari’a is the Main Source of Legislation”
Interviewer: “You are against women running for the Egyptian presidency?”
Muhammad Hassan: “Yes.”
Interviewer: “You reject it.”
Muhammad Hassan: “That’s right. There is a consensus of jurisprudents about this. It’s not merely my view. Similarly, I think that a non-Muslim should not run for head of state in a Muslim country. In addition, the second article of Egypt’s constitution declares that Islam is the state religion, right? Doesn’t the same article state that the shari’a is the main source for legislation? There is nothing whatsoever wrong with the country being ruled in accordance with this constitution and this article. There is no reason whatsoever to accuse the Muslims of extremism.”
Interviewer: “Would you accept a Copt as the president of Egypt?”
Muhammad Hassan: “No. I am not ashamed to say so. As I have already said, the second article of the constitution declares that Islam is the official religion of the state, and that the shari’a is the main source of legislation. So I ask: Would Rome accept a Muslim as the president of Italy?”
Interviewer: “But if there is democracy, and there are elections, and the people makes its choice – what is the problem?”
Muhammad Hassan: “If that is the case, the majority should be allowed to rule. We are talking about the principles of the shari’a. The truth is that democracy in the Western sense is for the people to rule itself in disregard for the law of Allah, and this I do not accept.”
Interviewer: “How would you characterize the democracy that exists abroad?”
Muhammad Hassan: “Is it conceivable for there to be a democracy, some of the laws of which directly contradict the law of Allah? If someone commits a grave crime, such as fornication, for example – is it conceivable that if both parties were consenting, they should not stand trial? Is it conceivable that for the sake of the economic interests of a country, I allocate large vineyards for the production of wine, in order to revive the economy? It is totally inconceivable, in light of such an article in the constitution, and in light of the fact that this is a Muslim country, to legislate laws that directly contradict the Koran and the Sunna. All the laws must be within this general framework, and indeed, they are…”
“Is it Appropriate for a Muslim Society to Put Its Own People to Shame, for the Sake of Tourism?”
Interviewer: “But we do not have a law that prohibits the sale of alcohol, for example, in public places or in hotels.”
Muhammad Hassan: “At the next stage, we would like all our laws to be in keeping with the law of Allah and with the Sunna of the Prophet Muhammad, so that we will be spared more of the wrath of Allah.”
Interviewer: “If the Salafis became members of parliament, for example, would their agenda include changing laws pertaining to the sale of alcohol, fornication, and so on?”
Muhammad Hassan: “Why not? Why shouldn’t every Muslim whom Allah grants the honor of entering parliament demand the changing of every law in our country that runs counter to the Koran and the Sunna? Nobody should be ashamed of this, but should declare it with pride. However, this should be done in a polite, sensible, and humble manner.”
Interviewer: “This brings us to the subject of tourism. We started by talking about democracy, but have reached the topic of tourism. Today, when a tourist comes to Egypt, he wants to behave like he does in his own country. He goes to Sharm Al-Sheik, Aswan, or Luxor, and he wants to drink alcohol there, because that is what he is used to doing. The female tourists wear bathing suits and go to the beach. Do you see a contradiction between your beliefs and the flow of tourists to Egypt in the future?”
Muhammad Hassan: “We do not prohibit tourism. All we demand is for some restrictions to be determined by experts, politicians, and religious scholars, and first and foremost, by the Sheik of Al-Azhar, and we want them to be in keeping with the moral values of this Islamic society. Is it appropriate for a Muslim society to put its own people to shame, for the sake of tourism?”
“The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said: “It is not permissible (to shed) the blood of a Muslim who witnesses that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah, except for one of the following three conditions: (First), the life for the life…” This means the killer is killed. But you are not the one who kills him, and neither am I the one who kills him. But the competent legal authority is the one who is responsible for this. Otherwise, Muslim society would descend into chaos, with everyone killing whomever he wanted whenever he wanted. No—blood is sacred; blood is sacred. “It is not permissible (to shed) the blood of a Muslim who witnesses that there is no god but Allah and that I am the Messenger of Allah, except under three conditions: (First), the life for the life…” The Almighty said: “In the law of equality there is (saving of) life to you, o ye men of understanding” (Qur’an 2:179). “In the law of equality there is (saving of) life to you, o ye men of understanding.” “The life for the life”—the killer is killed. The punishment of Almighty Allah is carried out upon him.
“(Second), the married person who commits adultery”—I will return to him (later) Allah-willing, in another of the signs.
“(Third), the one who abandons his religion, and separates himself from the community.” The hadith is in both of the Sahihs (i.e. Bukhari and Muslim). “The one who abandons his religion, and separates himself from the community.” Islam does not compel anyone to enter it. This (concept) needs to be firmly established. Islam does not compel anyone to enter it. No. There is no compulsion in religion. But rather we preach (Islam) in truth, mercy, propriety, and humility. Whoever says after the preaching—whoever says after (receiving) the preaching and the call (to Islam), “No, I will not enter this religion.” We say to him, “There is no compulsion in religion.” Truth stands out clear from error. We recite the saying of Almighty Allah, “Let him who will believe, and let him who will disbelieve” (Qur’an 18:29). We recite the saying of Allah Almighty, “You have your religion and I have my religion” (Qur’an 109:6). Beautiful. This is after the preaching and the call (to Islam).
But if he enters Islam of his own free will and choice, he does not have the right to leave the religion of Allah whenever he wants, to shake the foundations of Muslim society. No, he does not have the right. Absolutely not. But he does have the right, after having (Islam) preached to him, to say, “I will enter” or “I will not enter this religion.” But to enter it just to leave it whenever he wants? No. This is something which is unacceptable in the religion of Almighty Allah. Show me a constitution anywhere on earth which grants this for its citizens. But rather whoever comes out against the constitution of any nation is accused of treason. Everyone familiar with treason knows that the penalty is death. So what do you think about the one who betrays the religion of Allah Almighty, the one who betrays Allah and His Messenger? “O ye who believe! Do not betray Allah and His Messenger, nor knowingly betray your trusts” (Qur’an 8:27).”