Circumcision

Also with regard to the practice of circumcision; the Teachings bear no reference to this matter, and it is therefore not enjoined upon the believers.

Shoghi Effendi, The Compilation of Compilations vol. I, p. 480

The beloved Guardian says that the question of circumcision has nothing to do with the Bahá’í Teachings; and the believers are free to do as they please in the matter.

Shoghi Effendi, Lights of Guidance, p. 289

From the above it is clear that there is a profound difference between the Bahá’í attitude to the circumcision of males and the excision of females.

The Universal House of Justice, 1998 Dec 16, Traditional practices in Africa

It is evident from these statements that no Bahá’í has the right to criticize Bahá’í parents over the decisions these parents make about circumcision of their male children.

The Universal House of Justice, 1998 Dec 16, Traditional practices in Africa

It will not be an easy task to abolish female excision, since it is so ancient and has such profound emotional and social undertones. Only the wholehearted acceptance of the authority of the Revelation of Bahá’u’lláh is likely to produce the conviction and courage necessary to make the change among large sectors of the population. Hence the emphasis that the Universal House of Justice has placed on the deepening of the believers' understanding of the Faith and on a patient but persistent programme by the institutions of the Cause in weaning them away from this practice.

The Universal House of Justice, 1998 Dec 16, Traditional practices in Africa

Moreover, the practice of excision, or female circumcision, which forms a part of the initiation rites among some tribes, is contrary to the spirit of the Bahá’í teachings.

The Universal House of Justice, 1998 Dec 16, Traditional practices in Africa