Hadith on Discipline: The Prophet threatens spanking, but fears Allah

Umm Salamah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, was in her house when he called for her servant girl. When the servant was delayed, the displeasure of the Prophet could be seen on his face. Umm Salamah arose and looked through the curtain to see the girl playing. The Prophet had a toothstick in his hand and he said, “If I did not fear retribution on the Day of Resurrection, I would have made you sore with this.

Source: al-Adab al-Mufrad 184

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Haythami

عَنْ أُمِّ سَلَمَةَ أَنّ النَّبِيَّ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ كَانَ فِي بَيْتِهَا فَدَعَا وَصِيفَةً لَهُ أَوْ لَهَا فَأَبْطَأَتْ فَاسْتَبَانَ الْغَضَبُ فِي وَجْهِهِ فَقَامَتْ أُمُّ سَلَمَةَ إِلَى الْحِجَابِ فَوَجَدَتِ الْوَصِيفَةَ تَلْعَبُ وَمَعَهُ سِوَاكٌ فَقَالَ لَوْلا خَشْيَةُ الْقَوَدِ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ لأَوْجَعْتُكِ بِهَذَا السِّوَاكِ

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