FGM letter to all Aamils

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babdeen
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FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by babdeen » Thu Feb 25, 2016 2:09 pm

Dear Aamil sahib,

I hope you have seen an open letter to both Dai claimants (attached below) on FGM in Bohra community. As you know, FGM is against the law in the USA. I have also learned that a complaint has been filed with US Attorney General’s office to investigate FGM in Bohra community. I request you to report any known cases of FGM in your Jamaat to both local and federal authorities immediately. I also urge you to disclose any orders which ask you to suggest FGM to your congregants.

Regards, BAB Deen

Attachment:
An open letter to both Dai claimants in Bohra community

The barbaric practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is commonly practiced in Bohra community. It is administered via appointed Aamils by the order of office of Syedna. This practice is forced upon female children under the age of 7.

This barbaric practice has known and proven medical and psychological problems for the victims. The trauma and violation a child suffers at young age culminates into a lifetime of social, physical, psychological issues. Often it results in dysfunctional social and marital issues later in life. The stated reasons by Bohra clergy are totally baseless and are simply designed to enslave women. A trait followed by some tribes in pre-Islamic era.

Recently thousands of Bohra women have started a global petition drive to confront the issue. In addition, FGM is illegal in USA, Canada, Australia, most of Europe, and in several African countries. There have been legal efforts in USA, Canada and Australia to stop Bohra FGM and such efforts are gaining momentum.

The FGM practice poses a grave danger to Bohra community and has a huge liability for Aamils, parents of the violated child and office holders of Bohra Jamaats. Such liability may extend to Both Dawaats all the way to Dais.

Although divided, this common issue offers an opportunity to both Dawaats to unite and eliminate the FGM from the Bohra religion. I call upon both Syedna claimants to issue an order (farman) to stop all FGM immediately.

This is the right moral and legal thing to do. FGM has no basis in Islam. Eliminating FGM restores the rights and dignity of women and rightfully gives our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters the due place in our society.

(End of letter)

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Re: FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by abde53 » Thu Feb 25, 2016 8:18 pm

Maara bhai
Kaye etle kaye pun naathi thawano, dawat e hadiya usa has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to politicians even in America and nothing will happen
SKQ daughters lost the child custody case in America too, they have good lawyers and lots of money,
but good luck and may our Aqa Moulas's wasila help you

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Re: FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by Muslim First » Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:48 pm

Please go to Facebook page of

Zebra Patwa regarding letter from Kothar to follow laws of country of residence regarding FB

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Re: FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by Muslim First » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:31 pm

Following link will take you to 'Sayo' web page which has pdf of letters of Sydney Jamat regarding FGM

https://sahiyo.files.wordpress.com/2016 ... tter-1.pdf

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Re: FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by Muslim First » Tue Mar 08, 2016 4:54 pm

Notices by Sydney, Melbourne and London’s Anjuman-e-Burhani Trusts on ‘Khafd’ (Khatna) or Female Genital Cutting
ON MARCH 8, 2016 BY SAHIYO
On 8th February, 2016, the Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust of Sydney held a meeting and on 9th

Sydney Jamaat pic
Sydney Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust
February, a notice was released to all members of the Dawoodi Bohra community in their jurisdiction to honour the laws of the land in which they reside and, accordingly, instructed them to refrain from carrying out the practice of ‘khafd’ or ‘khatna’ (also known as female genital cutting) on their daughters.

In their statement, the Sydney jamaat quoted the Prophet Mohammed Rasulullah (SAW) to ask the community members to respect the laws of their respective countries, like they would their religion, in the lines below:

“Hubbul watan minal imaan”, which means “love of the land of abode is part of faith.”
The Sydney jamaat also informed the community that ‘khafd’ or ‘khatna’ is classified as Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) under section 45 of the Crimes Act of NSW and that the practice would ‘…be interpreted to fall within the specific laws in relation to FGM in other states or territories of the Commonwealth of Australia.’ Clearly stating that ‘khafd’ is illegal, irrespective of the place where where it is carried out, Australia or overseas, community members are advised in the strictest terms to not engage in this illegal act.

Melbourne pic
Melbourne Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust
This was followed by another notice on 10th February by Melbourne’s Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust, which was along the same lines as Sydney.

On 13th February, the London Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust held an ‘extraordinary’ meeting, whereby they passed a resolution instructing all community members to follow in the footsteps of their Australian brothers and sisters and abstain from the act of ‘khafd’. In line with Australia, they quoted the 53rd Dai al-Mutlaq, HH Dr Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin (TUS), who used the Prophet’s words

London Resolution
London Anjuman-e-Burhani Trust
to drive the message home, and emphasized on the seriousness of the crime of performing FGM on a minor which has resulted in the conviction of three (3) members of Dawoodi Bohra community in Australia by the Supreme Court of New South Wales.

In their statement to community members, they have highlighted the new guidelines on Safeguarding Children from female genital mutilation (October 2015) and said in no uncertain terms that ‘khafd’ is against England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2003 and Scotland’s Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2005. **Also, on the website of the Home Office and the Department of Education, UK government, there are guidelines on Mandatory reporting of female genital mutilation: procedural information (October 2015), which, unfortunately, has not been mentioned in the statement released by London’s Anjuman-e-Burhani.

A welcome step and wise decision, indeed, by our community leaders from Sydney, Melbourne and London. However, it is surprising to note, like Dilshad Tavawalla did in her blog on 17th February that “All men in the forum were present to reflect, interact and deliberate about the very personal, private, delicate, sensitive, traumatic and grave issue of “Khafz” (Khafd) or Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) impacting the lives, physical and psychological integrity, and general well-being of thousands of Dawoodi Bohra girl children and women.” And, she asks a most pertinent question that is on all our minds:

“Why no women?”
In addition, all these statements come as a shock due to the contradictory nature of the fact that the practice of ‘khafd’ finds mention in the Dawoodi Bohra community 3-volume publication called ‘Sahifa’ (picture attached of the Ninth Print edition: August 2013) that is published by the Aljamea-Tus-Saifiyah – Academy of the 52nd Dai al-Mutlaq, HH Dr Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin. In the book, as pointed out by Ms Tavawalla in her blog on 16th February, “the passage enjoins the performance of ‘khafd’ or Female Genital Mutilation on Dawoodi Bohra girls at the age of seven (7) years and the recommended extent and manner for performing it.”

Sahifa – Published by ALJAMEA-TUS-SAIFIYAH – Academy of 52nd al-DAI-AL-MUTLAQ These are editions in Ninth Print: August 2013 (Eid ul Fitr – 1434H). Three (3) volumes.
Sahifa – Published by ALJAMEA-TUS-SAIFIYAH – Academy of 52nd al-DAI-AL-MUTLAQ. These are editions in 9th Print: August 2013 (Eid ul Fitr – 1434H). Three (3) volumes.
It is clear that despite these statements counseling against the practice, not all Dawoodi Bohras subscribe to the decision made by the jamaats of Sydney, Melbourne and London. I will direct you to the 17th February blog of a Dawoodi Bohra woman named Rashida Mustafa, who passionately advocates for the practice in the name of tradition. It is truly disturbing to read someone argue in favour of a violent ritual that can leave little girls with terrible and indelible, lifelong scars. Even so, it is obvious from the sacntimonious tenor of Rashida Mustafa’s blog that the letters from any of three jamaats – Sydney, Melbourne and London never reached her attention. As Dilshad Tavawalla says in her blog, Rashida Mustafa must “[…] be afraid – very afraid, […]”. The laws in UK, USA and Canada considers anyone who aids, abets or counsels the carrying out of FGM to be a party to the offence, and hence punishable under those respective countries’ laws (even in countries where the practice is legal, according to the FGM Act, 2003, in the UK).

And, last but not least, there remains the big question of eliminating this practice in India – home to the vast majority of Dawoodi Bohras – and where there is no law per se against ‘khafd’.**

What can we expect from our learned brethren at the Anjuman-e-Shiate Ali, which administers and conducts all affairs of the Dawoodi Bohra community in Mumbai? Can we hope that a notice in line with the praiseworthy and proactive statements against ‘khafd,’ like those released by the Sydney, Melbourne and London jamaats (all based in countries where there are strong laws banning FGM/C), will follow suit?

NB: In a recent article by Anahita Mukherji from the Times of India published on 25th February one can read about the existing laws that can be used against ‘khatna’ in India. Noted lawyers Dilshad Tavawalla and Flavia Agnes were quoted in the article and they pointed out specific sections in the Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) that can be used for the purpose of taking a case to court.

Give us your feedback on the Sydney, Melbourne and London jamaat notices on ‘khafd’ by writing to us at sahiyo2016@gmail.com or tell us what you think of Rashida Mustafa’s blog! We would like to hear your views on any of these topics, especially if you feel strongly about the resolutions released by the London, Sydney or Melbourne jamaats, and would like a similar statement to be put out to the Dawoodi Bohra community in India and elsewhere.

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babdeen
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Re: FGM letter to all Aamils

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Unread post by babdeen » Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:02 pm

Dear friends, Many USA Jamaats have issued letters which says FGM can not be done in USA.
This was a resounding success to get them to write letters. Given the weight of the law, we hope
they will actually stop performing any FGM in USA. We will continue to focus on this issue.
Thank you for your support.