What is the decree on hitting a person in the face? Some people say it is makruh to hit a person in the face; is this decree true?

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What is the decree on hitting a person in the face? Some people say it is makruh to hit a person in the face; is this decree true?

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Yes, it is regarded makruh to hit a person in the face in Islam.

According to what Abu Said al-Khudri narrates, the Prophet (pbuh) said, “If one of you fights with his brother, he should avoid hitting him in the face.” (Majmauz-Zawaid, 8/106)

In fact, the most honorable place of all living beings is their face. Therefore, there are narrations prohibiting hitting not only human beings but also animals in the face.

Hz. Jabir said, “The Messenger of Allah told us to avoid branding and hitting the face.” (Muslim, Libas, 106)

According to what Jabir narrates, once the Prophet (pbuh) saw a donkey whose face had been branded. He said, “God damn the person who did it!” (Muslim, Libas, 107).

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