In one of my classes we are reading Saba Mahmood’s “The Politics of Piety”, a fascinating account of the women involved in the Islamic revival in Egypt. One of the chapters discussed female circumcision (khetan), and how it is accepted as Islamic. Interestingly, many of the women in this movement believe that following a weak (da’if) hadith is BETTER than using one’s personal reasoning/intellect. I have never heard of this idea before. I thought it was generally accepted that weak hadith were not followed.
It also explains why SO MANY Muslims accept female circumcision. The hadith about it is commonly classified as weak, but if a Muslim accepts weak hadith then they would also accept the one about circumcision.
Does anyone know of Muslims who follow weak hadith? Do you agree that it is better than using one’s own intellect?
Also does anyone know of any hadith about female circumcision that are not classified as weak? A classmate said that some were not.