Praise be to Allaah.
If there is a necessity which means that this child
cannot be circumcised at the time prescribed by sharee’ah, it is permissible to delay
it, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And do not kill yourselves (nor kill one another). Surely,
Allaah is Most Merciful to you” [al-Nisaa’ 4:29]
“Allaah burdens not a person beyond his scope” [al-Baqarah
And the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:
“If I command you to do a thing, do as much of it as you can.” (Narrated
by al-Bukhaari, 6858; Muslim, 1337). And there is the shar’i principle
that cases of necessity make things which are ordinarily forbidden permissible.
Circumcision does not usually result in harm, but if the doctor who has
told you not to have your son circumcised knows that it could cause real harm, there is
nothing wrong with waiting until the child is able to undergo this procedure.
“One of the things which cancels the obligation of circumcision is
when the child is weak and is unable to bear it, so much so that that his life would be in
danger. If his weak state persists, he will be excused for not being circumcised, because
at most, circumcision is (obligatory) but because he is incapable of doing it, he will be
excused. This is the same as in the case of all other obligatory duties.”
“In Sharh al-Hidaayah it says: … he should be
prevented from doing it, and there are many other similar examples, such as doing ghusl
with cold water in very cold weather when one is sick, or a sick person fasting when his
life may be placed in jeopardy if he fasts, or carrying out the hadd punishments on
someone who is sick or pregnant, etc. All of these are reasons why the action should not
be carried out, and they make it no longer waajib (obligatory).”
And Allaah knows best.
Al-Khitaan by Abu Bakr ‘Abd al-Razzaaq, p. 144