Okay, couple of factual errors there.Originally Posted by mumtok&z
First, circumcision is not mentioned in the Qu'ran. There's a searchable archive of the Qu'ran [url=http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/quran/]here[/i] in three separate translations (along with the original Arabic), and I guarantee you will not find a single reference. (Or of course, look it up in your own Qu'ran).
As muslims, therefore, you're not actually instructed to follow Ibrahim's example in this. It is alleged that the Prophet recommended it (though the reliability of the relevant hadiths does vary), but there is no certainty that this was not simply his opinion. Certainly it was Mohammed's opinion that the clitorises of girls should be cut off (I'll dig up the actual hadith if you like) - if you deny that that is Allah's intention, then surely you should question the very same hadith that reommends the circumcision of males.
I therefore disagree that it's a definite religious requirement. According to Islam, the Quran was revealed in order to correct the ongoing corruption of scripture and religious practice known to man. If mankind already had it right, there would surely have been no need of it. Thus any religious prescription not confirmed in the Quran (and it does get into precise detail on the smallest of matters) cannot simply be assumed to be a true requirement. Who is to say that the reports of the requirement from Ibrahim's time were not merely another corruption that the Qu'ran was sent to correct?
Second, it's untrue that having a foreskin prevents water reaching anywhere at all. It retracts as easily as pushing back your sleeve to look at your watch, completely exposing the glans and underlying sulcus exactly as much as if you were circumcised. Washing in the shower, after urinating or after sexual activity is not impeded in any way.
Even if if you assume that circumcision was mandated at the time, you have to ask about the intent of the prescription. The only reason that makes sense was the inadequate hygiene at the time and the inadequate treatments available for phimosis and frenulum breve (which would indeed pose a hygiene problem). A bit of a one-size-fits-all approach, but understandable. With the development of running water and soap, however, and the development of medical techniques to actually fix the problem, you do have to ask if a just god would still require the most drastic and least specific approach to a potential problem that is becoming increasingly rare.