It is believed by some scholars that like the male offspring, the female offspring must also be circumcised.[1]They base their opinion primarily on the following Hadīth:


عَنِ الْحَجَّاجِ عن أبي الْمَلِيحِ بن أُسَامَةَ عن أبيه أَنَّ النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال الْخِتَانُ سُنَّةٌ لِلرِّجَالِ مَكْرُمَةٌ لِلنِّسَاءِ

Abū Malīh reports from his father that the Prophet is reported to have said: “Circumcision is a sunnah for men and an honourable thing for women.”[2]


It needs to be appreciated that this narrative is not soundly attributed to the Prophet (sws) because of the presence of al-Hajjāj ibn Artah, who is weak.[3]For this reason, no directive can be derived from it. The fact that only the male offspring must be circumcised is an established Sunnah of the prophet in this regard.