Sorry this is a yukky post but I can't stop crying and wanted to share. I was elated at the news, all over the web, that this barbaric act has finally been totally banned in Egypt. For those who do not know 97% of girls in Egypt (from all faiths and indeed no faith) have their clitoris removed before they begin menstruation. I do not want any of my fellow Muslims jumping in and saying "oh no it is just the tiniest peice of skin" because that is a bare faced lie told by people who want to minimise this issue, perhaps repeated out of ignorance but still a lie, the full clitoris, hood and often labia is removed. Last week a 12 year old girl died during this operation, may Allah bless her, and this prompted the ban. I could not have been happier, my sister in law has a 7 year old girl and I was panicking about what I could do to stop this. Tonight I spoke with my husband on the phone and said I was so happy about this. He replied "what are you talking about, there is nothing on the news or in the newspaper here. This cannot be stopped it is our religion". So I asked him why Egypt is the only country in the middle east that does this, if it is our religion and why do the girls from other religions in Egypt have this done. He could give no answer. This is not even done in Saudi, where women are oppressed beyond belief. I despair, I truely, truely despair, what sort of people am I living with. What humans are willing to do to their own children to hang on to a 5000 year old tradition and 'save face' in front of their neighbours is beyond belief. Sorry but I needed to share my sorrow, hurt and anger. May I ask everyone, of every faith, to join me in prayer for this little girl and all the girls, of every faith, who will continue to be mutilated in this horrific way by ignorant parents. May Allah forgive me for saying this but right now I wish I had never heard of the word religion.