Originally Posted by Treece
But there is the argument that there are more long term, unrecognized complications from circumcising infants. I realize that it isn't related to religious circumcision, and all. That being said, there are some serious problems arising in men who were circumcised in a medical setting. The shaft can be bent, there can be skin tags, etc. There are also complications for the infant. The AAP lists approximately 20 in their statement on circumcision.
That being said, I try to respect other people's religious preferences. But shouldn't the child have some say? What if he doesn't want to be the same religion as his parents? I am not.
I also have one question: Why wouldn't his prayers be considered valid? I thought circumcision in Islam was optional?
As we're not supposed to debate circumcision here...I'm not going to go there. But I advise you to talk with a urologist about which is more prone to complications and difficulty. I'll venture that 99.99% of urologists would say that if you were to choose between circumcizing an infant vs. an adult male, knowing that it would be done regardless, to do it as an infant. Well... maybe not 99.99%, as urologists don't typically benefit from infant circumcision, but do earn $$ off of adult circs.
I know of no born Muslim males who have not been circumcised--even among secular ones, they are circumcised. If there were a medical reason not to do so (and I can't think of one right now...maybe some sort of hemophelia or some such thing), then one wouldn't circumcise--but for all other males, they are typically circumcised at birth. In Turkey, they do it around 5, but that's the only exception I'm aware of. It's Sunnah, a practice of Prophet Muhammad--and part of cleanliness. It has to do with following Abraham's example as well--whom Muslims revere just as much as Jews and Christians. "The practices related to Fitrah are five: circumcision, shaving the pubic hair, trimming the moustache, cutting the nails and removing the hair of the armpits."(Bukhari)
Depending on the madhab one follows, it can either be fard (obligatory) or highly recommended. Most scholars consider it obligatory. One theory is that if it were not required, then Abraham would not have undergone it at such a late age. It is required for one's (well a male's) prayers to be valid according to Ibn Abbas. It is also required for one to make Hajj according to Ibn Abbas.
As to religious choice, all kids can choose to follow a different path when they are older. However, as a Muslim parent, it's my responsibility to raise my kids as Muslims--teach them to pray, teach them to love God, have my male sons circumcised, give charity on their behalf, teach them to fast, etc. Neglecting circumcision would be neglecting my duties as a parent.