Latest: Islamic Centre of Ireland trying to give Muslims confidence to say no to Female Genital Mutilation

Update 11.17am: The Islamic Centre of Ireland says its trying to give Muslims the confidence to say no to Female Genital Mutilation.

It has issued a fatwa against the practice since a leading Islamic figure last week called for it to be legalised.

Dr Ali Selim said it was acceptable if done under medical supervision.

However Assistant Imam Yusuf Murray says people need to understand it's wrong under any circumstance.

Earlier: Islamic Centre of Ireland welcomes religious decree condemning Female Genital Mutilation

Dr Ali Selim, member of the Islamic Cultural Centre.

There has been a broad welcome for a religious decree from the Islamic Centre of Ireland condemning the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.

The fatwa says the practice is harmful to women, and is no longer acceptable under Islamic teachings.

The decree was issued partly in response to comments by a prominent member of the Muslim community who said he supported FGM in certain cases.

Dr Ali Selim, who is a member of the Islamic Cultural Centre, said it was acceptable if done under medical supervision.

- Digital Desk

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