Circumcision for convert


Assalâm alaykum,

I have a question that is very important for me. I am a convert to Islam and I want to ask, if it is necessary for converts to be circumcised. It is very important for me, because I was told by a Muslima that without being circumcised I won’t find a Muslim wife, so I worry about my future. I am not afraid to go through such a procedure, but I wouldn’t want to do it if it is not truely necessary. That is why I ask for your advice. I am 19 years old now (for extra information in case it affects the answer).


wa `alaykum salam,

Allah (swt) said in the Holy Qur’an:

لَّقَدۡ كَانَ لَكُمۡ فِى رَسُولِ ٱللَّهِ أُسۡوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ۬ لِّمَن كَانَ يَرۡجُواْ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلۡيَوۡمَ ٱلۡأَخِرَ وَذَكَرَ ٱللَّهَ كَثِيرً۬ا

{Verily in the Messenger of Allah you have a good example for anyone whose hope is in Allah and Last Day, and who engages much in the praise of Allah.} Surat al-Ahzab 33:21

A Hadith related by Bukhari reads: “The practices related to Fitrah (the nature) are five: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, trimming the moustache, cutting the nails and removing the hair of the armpits.”

From this point of view, converts are to undergo the operation.

Imam Senad Agic, Ph.D.
Head Imam (IABNA)
The Islamic Association of Bosniaks in North America

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