Hadith on Hudud: Best to avoid legal punishments if possible

Anas ibn Malik reported: A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “O Messenger of Allah, I have committed an offense, so impose punishment upon me.” The man was present at the prayer and he prayed with the Prophet. When they finished praying, the man repeated his request. The Prophet said, “Were you with us during the prayer?” The man said yes. The Prophet said, “You have been forgiven.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6437, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2764

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

عَنْ أَنَسٍ قَالَ جَاءَ رَجُلٌ إِلَى النَّبِيِّ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَقَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ أَصَبْتُ حَدًّا فَأَقِمْهُ عَلَىَّ قَالَ وَحَضَرَتِ الصَّلاَةُ فَصَلَّى مَعَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم فَلَمَّا قَضَى الصَّلاَةَ قَالَ يَا رَسُولَ اللَّهِ إِنِّي أَصَبْتُ حَدًّا فَأَقِمْ فِيَّ كِتَابَ اللَّهِ قَالَ ‏هَلْ حَضَرْتَ الصَّلاَةَ مَعَنَا قَالَ نَعَمْ قَالَ قَدْ غُفِرَ لَكَ ‏

6437 صحيح البخاري كتاب الحدود باب إذا أقر بالحد ولم يبين هل للإمام أن يستر عليه

2764 صحيح مسلم كتاب التوبة