Security punishing an offender

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Q: My father is head of security of the place where we live. Its his duty to impound those bikes or cars which is driven by underage drivers or if a driver is not wearing a helmet. One day my father saw a boy driving a bike. He was underage and was not wearing a helmet. My father hooted to stop him but he increased the speed of his bike. My father did the same and he further increase the speed. The boy stopped his bike and hid himself and bike in his house. My father stopped his car near his house and asked his friend to tell him the name of biker. My father was angry at that time and he kept asking the boy for the name of the boy. He said he doesnt know, then he started swearing my father. Everytime my father asked his name, he kept on lying. So then my father said that if you wont tell me I will take you to jail. He kept on making excuses and kept on lying. Due to my fathers anger, he held the boy from the collar and slapped him on his face, even after all this he didn’t tell my father. My father called a policeman and when the policeman asked the boy, the boy told him. What my father did, was it right or wrong? If it was wrong, what is its kaffara without telling or asking the boy whom my father slapped.


A: If it was part of his duty then it was not wrong.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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