Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Disciplining one who is suffering from a chronic disease


We have a daughter who is sick. Sometimes we smack her lightly, but we suffer great anguish because of that. Are we sinning by doing that?

Praise be to Allaah. 

You have to pay attention to her condition and not do anything that
may make her illness worse. If she cannot bear the smacking, then it
is not permissible for you to smack her. But if the illness is minor
and she does something wrong or does something for which she deserves
to be disciplined lightly, then there is nothing wrong with that. 

But you have to pay attention to her condition. If the smacking will
harm her, then do not smack her. But if the smacking will not harm her
because her sickness is minor and there is an urgent need to discipline
her so that she will stop doing something that is inappropriate, then
it is OK. 

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