How Will a Husband Receive Punishment For Getting Away With Physical Abuse?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


What does Islam say when a husband violates his wife’s rights and resorts to physical abuse? If divorce is the result, what about justice for the physical pain caused to the wife by her husband? Is there any form of redress that allows women to inflict the same physical pain on their husbands as they have endured?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health. I am sad to hear this is a widespread situation in your country.

The law of the country can only help in this matter if a woman is abused in this way. One should seek local help and support from reliable local organizations, networks, and scholars. One should raise awareness through them and create a network under their guidance. However, Allah Most High is watching, and He is the best judge. He is aware of the situation.

Right to be Physically Safe

Every human being has a right to be safe. Whenever anyone is being physically abused, the abuse must be stopped. This is in keeping with the legal principle ‘Harm shall be removed.’
[Suyuti, Al-Ashbah wa al-Nadhair]

Given the consideration in such cases, please discuss this issue with local organizations, support networks, and reliable local scholars.

Turn to Allah Most High

Remember, this is a test. Consider it: Allah is redirecting you unto Him. It is a multifaceted journey, and each step will contribute closeness to Him in shaAllah. Adopt the means, find ways to make things better, repent, keep supplicating, and after adopting all the means to seek support and justice, trust Him to make things better. Allah is watching. He will deal with the matter in His time and ways.

I would like you to go through the valuable answers and links below. You will receive guidance and direction in sha Allah.


I pray this helps with your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel has received traditional education in various countries. He started his schooling in the UK and completed his hifz of the Quran in India. After that, he joined an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied secular and Aalimiyya sciences. Later, he traveled to Karachi, Pakistan, and other Middle Eastern countries to further his education. Mawlana has served as an Imam in the Republic of Ireland for several years and taught the Quran and other Islamic sciences to both children and adults. He also worked as a teacher and librarian at a local Islamic seminary in the UK for 12 years. Presently, he lives in the UK with his wife and is interested in books and gardening.