What do the Ulamā of the noble Sharī’ah say regarding this matter that a Hindu has recently accepted Islām and he is 30 years of age. Is it necessary for him to get circumcised or can he remain in a state where he is not? Also, for this act, is it permissible to reveal one’s sitr (nakedness) in front of a doctor? What does Hanafi Fiqh say regarding this issue.

Questioner: Zubair from India


بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
الجواب بعون الملک الوھاب اللھم ھدایۃ الحق والصواب

If this new Muslim is capable of getting circumcised then he should definitely do so just as it is mentioned in Fatāwā Ridawiyyah. It is mentioned in a Hadīth that a man accepted Islām in the glorified presence of the Prophet ﷺ. The Prophet ﷺ then said to him,

“الق عنک شعر الکفر ثم اختتن”

“Remove the hair you had at the time of disbelief then get circumcised.”

[Sunan Abū Dāwūd, 1/52]

If he can do this himself then he should do it with his own hands. If he cannot circumcise himself then, if it is possible, he should marry a woman who is capable of performing this circumcision. After it is completed, if he wishes, the man may leave the woman and if it is not possible to act upon these two options then he should get circumcised by a doctor as it is not forbidden for one to reveal his sitr [those parts of the body which must be covered] for a necessity like this.

It is mentioned in al-Durr al-Mukhtār,

“ینظر الطبیب الی موضع مرضھا بقدر الضرورۃ اذ الضرورات تتقدر بقدر ھاوکذا نظر قابلۃ وختان”

“A doctor can look at the required area [even if it is a place that is usually covered] according to the amount that is needed, as necessities permit matters proportionally. Likewise is the looking of a midwife and the one who circumcises others.”

[al-Durr al-Mukhtār, 2/242]

My master A’lā Hazrat (may Allāh shower him with mercy) has stated in Fatāwā Ridawiyyah that if one can circumcise himself then he should do so with his own hands. Or, if possible, he should marry a woman who can do it for him, and if he wills, he may leave the woman after it is completed. Alternatively, if he is aware of a legal slave-girl, he may purchase her. If these three cases cannot be acted upon then someone who performs cupping should circumcise him because for a need like this, it is not prohibited for one to show or gaze upon the sitr.

[Fatāwā Ridawiyyah, vol 22, pg 594]

واللہ تعالی اعلم ورسولہ اعلم صلی اللہ علیہ وآلہ وسلم
کتبہ ابو الحسن محمد قاسم ضیاء قادری

Answered by Mufti Qasim Zia al-Qadri

Translated by Dawud Hanif

Read the original Urdu answer here – [Q-ID0309] Should a Muslim who has converted to Islam get circumcised?

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