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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

My question is about beating
women in Islam and I want to
know if the man is allowed to
beat his wife if she has said
some bad thing against him
when they are talking. Is it an
Islamic behavior that the man
got very angry and he beats his
wife and then said that the
religion allowed him to do that
even if he has not follow the
three known steps of
punishment. I want to know
what religion tells about that
and thank you very much.

All perfect praise be to Allah,
The Lord of the Worlds. I testify
that there is none worthy of
worship except Allah, and that
Muhammad is His slave and

Hurting the husband by saying
bad words to him is considered
an oral ill-conduct (Nushooz)
towards him. In fact, among the
signs of ill-conduct, the
scholars mention the following:
If the woman naturally answers
her husband's requests with
pleasure, then changes this
behaviour, this is considered a
sign of ill-conduct.
Allah says: {………As to those
women on whose part you see ill-
conduct, admonish them (first),
(next), refuse to share their beds,
(and last) beat them (lightly, if it is
useful)……} [4:34]
Ibn Abbas, may Allah be pleased
with them, said: 'What is meant
here is the woman who misbehaves
with her husband and neglects his
right and does not abide by his
orders, Allah orders him first to
admonish her, remind her of Allah
and of his great rights towards her.
If she does not accept his advise he
refuses to share bed with her or talk
to her (but not giving up intercourse
with her). If this does not have the
sought effect, then he beats her
slightly, not breaking a bone or
causing a wound.' [Ibn al-Munthir,
Ibu Haatim and al-Bayhaqi].
The majority of scholars believe
that those steps should be
followed in their order. So, the
husband should start with what
Allah started with i.e.
admonishing his wife and
warning her against Allah's
anger as a first step, then follow
the other steps as stated

Finally, the husband has the
right to beat his wife (lightly) if
she shows signs of ill-conduct
but he should not beat her
unless he thinks that this can
have a good result, otherwise
he should not beat her. The
beating should be very light
using a miswaak (a small stick
used as a toothbrush) or the
edge of a garment and it should
not fall on the face neither
should it leave any mark on the
skin or cause breaking of a

If the husband abuses this right
and wounds his wife or causes
the breaking of a bone, then he
commits a sin.

Allah Knows best.


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