I have read on a offical islamic fatwa site that parents who kill their child cannot be killed in retaliation for this, but the hadiths are all daif.



And in the classic manual of Islamic law, Umdat as-Salik wa ‘Uddat an-Nasik, we read:

Qisas is obligatory on whoever kills a person purely intentionally and aggressively (that is, not in self-defense). But qisas is not applicable on children or the insane under any circumstances, nor is it applicable on a Muslim for killing a kafir, nor on a free man for killing a slave, nor on a dhimmi for killing an apostate, nor on a father or a mother (or their fathers or mothers) for killing their child, or their child’s children.

Narrated Suraqah bin Malik bin [Ju'shum]: "The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) judged that the son is to suffer retaliation for [killing] his father, but the father is not to suffer retaliation for [killing] his son."

Grade : Da'if (Darussalam)
Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1399 In-book reference : Book 16, Hadith 15 English translation : Vol. 1, Book 14, Hadith 1399

It was narrated from Ibn 'Abbas that the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said: “A father should not be killed for his son.”

Grade : Da'if (Darussalam)
English reference : Vol. 3, Book 21, Hadith 2661 Arabic reference : Book 21, Hadith 2763

Narrated Ibn 'Abbas: that the Prophet (ﷺ) said: 'The Hudud are not carried in the Masjid, and the father is not killed for the son."

Grade : Da'if (Darussalam)
Reference : Jami` at-Tirmidhi 1401 In-book reference : Book 16, Hadith 17 English translation : Vol. 3, Book 14, Hadith 1401

But these hadiths (although numerous) are all weak so why do they abide by this ruling? Is a mistake, please clarify the matter?

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    "But these hadiths (although numerous) are all weak so why do they abide by this ruling?" Just a guess, so not posting it as an answer: there's the principle "ward off the hudud with any ambiguity", so even if the ahadith here are daif, they would throw doubt on the question of whether qisas is obligatory.
    – G. Bach
    Commented Dec 19, 2016 at 11:52
  • The first fatwa appears to have been removed
    – 0x777C
    Commented Oct 29, 2020 at 23:14
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    I think you should ask them that
    – Yusha
    Commented Oct 30, 2020 at 1:19

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Apparently, I heard that they're weak.

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    This does nothing to answer the question asked. See How to Answer.
    – Medi1Saif
    Commented Feb 15, 2021 at 10:22

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