FGM-scandal in the US

15 May

I demand consistent action against FGM-supporting doctors

This man is a pediatrician in the US, responsible for the medical treatment of little girls, and he believes that FGM is good for them. Waris Dirie calls his statement outrageous”.

Dr. Hatem al-Haj, a medical doctor and fellow at the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommends FGM in a paper in Arabic entitled “Circumcision of Girls: Jurisprudence and Medicine” und explains that it is “an honor” for women. As the Bulletin of the Oppression of Women reported recently, he justifies his position by referring repeatedly to the words of classical Islamic scholars from the four schools of Sunni Islamic thought. He also refers to the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself, who reportedly counseled people in his day on how to perform FGM in a way that would be “more beautiful to behold and better for [the woman’s] husband.”

“This is outrageous! FGM does not belong to Islam and is not recommended in the Koran. FGM is practiced by Christians in Nigeria, Mali, Ethiopia and Egypt as well as by indigenous religions. It has nothing to do with religion, but is a detestable crime to women and every doctor who advises FGM should have his license revoked. I hope the American Academy of Pediatrics reacts immediately and dismisses him”, said Waris Dirie.

Dr. Hatem al-Haj ignores FGM’s detrimental effects on women’s health. According to the World Health Organization it causes a range of health problems including “severe bleeding and problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, infertility as well as complications in childbirth.”


8 Responses to “FGM-scandal in the US”

  1. tramp11 May 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm #

    It’s totally outrageous — and I hope the media will take up this story and really make it public, so that many people come to know about it. Would he dare write such things in English so that most Americans can understand what he is saying? With such opinions how can anyone trust him as a pediatrician?

  2. Michael May 15, 2012 at 10:44 pm #

    Best to read what he actually says:


  3. Maria Cristina (Brasil) May 16, 2012 at 1:42 am #

    It´s sad, very sad ready this from a doctor, the first one to be worry about health, specially children´s health!!! very sad!!!!

  4. Pasang Dolma May 16, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    hi Waris, ever since I read your book ‘Desert Flower’, I began to admire you for your courage and determination in putting an end to FGM. Hats off to you!

  5. Jacinda Anraad May 17, 2012 at 3:21 am #

    This is disgusting and I am sickened when people put it down to being just curcumcision, it is in no way a form of circumcision yet a complete mutilation of a woman firstly in a physical way and also very importantly in an emotional way. If a man has his sexual organ removed for the sake of vanity at his wife’s request then we’ll talk but this issue is biased in patriarchy’s favour and enough is enough.

  6. Shanikka Williams May 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm #

    Muslims themselves claim FGM as a Muslim practice, as clearly demonstrated by this quack of a doctor …. what is the point of denying that? … how does denial help to address the problem? … Islam is clearly part of the problem. There is no serious scholar of Islam that denies that FGM is promoted by Islam. … What kind of Stockholm Syndrome are you suffering from? Stop defending the perpetrators! …. anyone from Africa should know that denial ain’t just a river …

  7. Shanikka Williams May 22, 2012 at 5:53 am #

    this quack has been fired … thanks to jihadwatch.org! …. http://www.jihadwatch.org/cgi-sys/cgiwrap/br0nc0s/managed-mt/mt-search.cgi?search=Hatem+al-Haj&IncludeBlogs=1&limit=20

  8. Janice Kubiac May 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm #

    Here is the link in which the Dr. states that he has been misunderstood…

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