While Europe increasingly questions the practice of circumcising boys, US paediatricians are about to say that the medical case for it is getting stronger. Most US adult men are circumcised, but the number of newborns having the op is falling, and is now below 50% in some states - intensifying the dilemma for parents.
Stephen Box - like most American men - is circumcised.
Seven months ago, as a new father, he had to decide whether to circumcise his newborn son. It was not a straightforward decision.
"I was uncomfortable he would be different from me," he begins.
The Ruling in Islam:
Q: Is it only obligatory for males to be circumcised?
A: All Praise be to Allah Alone and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger, his family, and Companions.
Circumcision is one of Sunan-ul-Fitrah (Islamic practices of personal hygiene). It is for males and females. However, it is obligatory for males and a desirable practice for women.
May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.