Q&A (Fatwa)

#150: Ruling on a Man beating His Wife

Assalaamu Alaykum

” Please explain more to me about this verse is it saying men can beat thier wife or I don’t get it”_
_”And those from among such women as you fear rebellious disobedience from them, exhort them, then isolate from them in the beds, and rebuke by beating them lightly (as a last resort)”_

*ANSWER*

Alhamdulillāh

On the matter of a man beating his wife, there are two basic possibilities.

One: that he beats her due to a rebellious disobedience.

Two: that he beats her for another reason.

As for the first, then the Ulamā hold that it is permissible if it meets with the following conditions:

1. That he does not beat her on the face
2. That he does not bruise, injure or hurt any of her organs.
3. That it is after he had used all the other means of correcting and redirecting her as has come in the Qur’ān such as Nasīhah, isolating from her in the bed, and calling upon others go speak to her.

The evidence for this is the Hadīth of Jābir Ibn ‘Abdillah – radiyallāhu ‘anhumā – that *the Rasūl – salallāhu alayhi wasallam – restricted beating the wife to a beating that isn’t severe.*

Whereas there are some Ulamā that hold that though permissible unrestrictedly, it depends on the society within which they live. If it is a society that is hostile to touching the wife, he is advised to look into the aftermath of it.

As for the second, it isn’t permissible for him to beat her on any other basis aside rebellious disobedience.

What is most correct, and Allāh knows best, is that the husband must always study the possible result of his act. If she is rebellious and beating her lightly will only add to her rebellion, then it isn’t permissible that he does that. This is because the essence of the initial permissibility is to correct her wrong and remind her that she is in error.

Allāhu A’alam
Bārakallāhu fīkum
Jazākumullāhu Khayran.

22nd Rabi-ul-awwal 1438

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