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Independents' Day

Why Muslims opt for circumcision

In his condemnation of routine infant male circumcision (Letters, October 27) Dr Simon Fisher says those of the Muslim and Jewish faith are beginning to question the wisdom of the procedure.

I perform many routine (male) circumcisions and it is my experience that true followers of both these faiths request the operation on their sons for an entirely valid reason ­ it is part of their cultural heritage.

There is no medical reason why a Jew or Mulim should not, for example, eat pork, but for us to attempt to rationalise this on scientific grounds would be both insensitive and inappropriate.

Dr Fisher refers to an anti-circumcision website. Perhaps I can suggest as a site that provides sound and reasoned advice.

Dr M Barrie

Kingston upon Thames


I must take issue with Dr Simon Fisher when he states that many Muslim authorities are questioning circumcision.

As a member of a Mosque committee who attends

national meetings, I am not aware of any such questions.

To be a Muslim a man has to be circumcised. This is usually done at an early age and healing is quicker in younger age groups. Not having a son circumcised is a restriction on religious practice, which is also a fundamental right.

Dr Fisher should provide details of his source of information.

Dr Zahid Ghufoor



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