Pulling Cheeks of Child

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Is it jaaiz in islam to pull the cheeks of a child or slap him/her out of love?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

It is permissible as long as it does not cause harm or pain.

It is highly recommended and greatly rewarding to express love to one’s children. One should not be harsh and overly stern with one’s children.[1]

And Allah Ta‘ālā Knows Best.

Checked and Approved by:
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.



صحيح البخاري (٨/٧)

٥٩٩٧ – حدثنا أبو اليمان، أخبرنا شعيب، عن الزهري، حدثنا أبو سلمة بن عبد الرحمن، أن أبا هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قبل رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم الحسن بن علي وعنده الأقرع بن حابس التميمي جالسا، فقال الأقرع: إن لي عشرة من الولد ما قبلت منهم أحدا، فنظر إليه رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم ثم قال: «من لا يرحم لا يرحم»

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