Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Ruling on hitting female students in order to discipline them


What is the ruling on hitting female students in order to discipline them and make them do the duties required of them and to make them get used to not neglecting their duties?

Praise be to Allaah.


There is nothing wrong with that. Teachers and parents must
all watch the children and discipline those who need to be disciplined if
they fall short in their duties, so that they will get used to good
behaviour and will adhere to doing the righteous deeds that will abide.
Hence it was narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah
be upon him) said: “Instruct your children to pray when they are seven years
old and smack them if they do not pray when then are ten years old, and
separate them in their beds.” So both males and females may be smacked when
they reach the age of ten, if they fall short in their prayers, and they may
be disciplined so that they will pray regularly. The same applies to other
duties with regard to learning or household matters, etc. Those who take
care of children, whether boys or girls, must take care to direct and
discipline them, but the hitting must be light and not harmful to the child,
whilst also achieving the desired aim.

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