Female genital mutilation (FGM) is not an Islamic custom. It is an African custom. In the areas where it occurs, it is practiced by both muslims and non-muslims, and was widely practiced before the Islamic era. Most muslims live in Asia, not Africa, and do not practice FGM. The practice is not mentioned in either the Bible or the Koran, nearly all Islamic scholars agree that there is nothing "Islamic" about it, and it is illegal in most Islamic countries.