Circumcision for a New Muslim

Question

As-salaamu alaykum Mufti I seek guidance on the ruling regarding a non-Muslim who is wanting to accept Islam. Is it compulsory for circumcision to be done as an adult male, in order to be a Muslim? The person is very hesitant on circumcision but wants to accept Islam. What is the ruling in this regard? Shukran
السلام عليكم ورحمة الله وبركاته

 

  1. Circumcision is not a prerequisite for an individual to embrace Islam.
  2. The fundamental requirement is to bear witness that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and to testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. Upon sincerely believing the above, a person is regarded as a Muslim.
  3. After accepting Islam, it becomes incumbent on the individual to undergo circumcision. Failing to do so, when physically capable and without the risk of serious harm, is considered sinful. However, it does not negate one’s status of being Muslim.

والله تعالى أعلم

And Allāh knows best

النصوص المستندة إليها

منهاج الطالبين

ﻭﻳﺠﺐ ﺧﺘﺎﻥ اﻟﻤﺮﺃﺓ ﺑﺠﺰء ﻣﻦ اﻟﻠﺤﻤﺔ ﺑﺄﻋﻠﻰ اﻟﻔﺮﺝ، ﻭاﻟﺮﺟﻞ ﺑﻘﻄﻊ ﻣﺎ ﺗﻐﻄﻲ ﺣﺸﻔﺘﻪ ﺑﻌﺪ اﻟﺒﻠﻮﻍ. ﻭﻳﻨﺪﺏ ﺗﻌﺠﻴﻠﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺳﺎﺑﻌﻪ ﻓﺈﻥ ﺿﻌﻒ ﻋﻦ اﺣﺘﻤﺎﻟﻪ ﺃﺧﺮ، ﻭﻣﻦ ﺧﺘﻨﻪ ﻓﻲ ﺳﻦ ﻻ ﻳﺤﺘﻤﻠﻪ ﻟﺰﻣﻪ ﻗﺼﺎﺹ ﺇﻻ ﻭاﻟﺪا

 

(مغني المحتاج، ص ٥٣٩، ج ٥)

ﻭﻗﻮﻟﻪ (ﺑﻌﺪ اﻟﺒﻠﻮﻍ) ﻇﺮﻑ ﻟﻴﺠﺐ ﻭﻳﻜﻮﻥ ﺑﻌﺪ اﻟﻌﻘﻞ ﺃﻳﻀﺎ ﻭاﺣﺘﻤﺎﻝ الختان…

…ﻭﺧﺮﺝ ﺑﺎﻟﺒﺎﻟﻎ اﻟﺼﻐﻴﺮ، ﻭﺑﺎﻟﻌﺎﻗﻞ اﻟﻤﺠﻨﻮﻥ، ﻭﺑﻤﻦ ﻳﺤﺘﻤﻠﻪ ﻣﻦ ﻻ ﻳﺤﺘﻤﻠﻪ، ﻷﻥ اﻷﻭﻟﻴﻦ ﻟﻴﺴﺎ ﻣﻦ ﺃﻫﻞ اﻟﻮﺟﻮﺏ، ﻭاﻟﺜﺎﻟﺚ ﻳﺘﻀﺮﺭ ﺑﻪ، ﻭﻻ ﻳﺠﻮﺯ ﺧﺘﺎﻥ ﺿﻌﻴﻒ ﺧﻠﻘﺔ ﻳﺨﺎﻑ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻣﻨﻪ ﻓﻴﺘﺮﻙ ﺣﺘﻰ ﻳﻐﻠﺐ ﻋﻠﻰ اﻟﻈﻦ ﺳﻼﻣﺘﻪ، ﻓﺈﻥ ﻟﻢ ﻳﺨﻒ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻣﻨﻪ اﺳﺘﺤﺐ ﺗﺄﺧﻴﺮﻩ ﺣﺘﻰ ﻳﺤﺘﻤﻠﻪ. ﻗﺎﻝ اﻟﺒﻠﻘﻴﻨﻲ: ﻭﻫﺬا ﺷﺮﻁ ﻷﺩاء اﻟﻮاﺟﺐ ﻻ ﺃﻧﻪ ﺷﺮﻁ ﻟﻠﻮﺟﻮﺏ.

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