Ruling about Hitting on Face in Sports


What’s the Islamic ruling/permissibility of hitting someone in the face for sport such as boxing?


It is impermissible to hit anyone on the face. It is also impermissible to do this whilst playing.

It is narrated by Sayyiduna Abu Hurayra رضي الله عنه:

عن أبي هريرة عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال إذا قاتل أحدكم أخاه فليجتنب الوجه فإن الله خلق آدم على صورته

Translation:”The Prophet ﷺ said, “When someone engages in a fight with someone else, they should not strike the face, because Allah سبحانه وتعالىٰ created Adam in His own image.”

(Volume 8 page 31,صحيح المسلم, كتاب البر والصلة والأدب Publisher: دار الطباعة العامرة تركيا)


Answered by: Arif Raza Madani (Ask Mufti Scholar)

Verified by: Mufti Sajid Attari

Translated by: Aqib Attari

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