Ayatullah Makarim Shirazi & Ayatullah Ja'far Subhani
Question: What is the philosophy of circumcision with reference to personal hygiene?
Answer: The answer to this question is absolutely clear, because:
(1) Many people who are not circumcised have a lot of smegma in their foreskin and circumcision is the remedy to this problem.
(2) Statistics show that those who are not circumcised are more prone to the Cancer of penis. However it should be kept in mind that, those infants who are circumcised very early the wound could remain on the tip of their penis if it is not attended to properly the urine tube becomes very narrow. So care should be taken that these children along with getting the benefit of this religious ritual, should not be subjected to agony and suffering which is possible due to negligence.