Hadith on Hudud: Modified punishment if criminal is too weak

Sa’d ibn Ubadah reported: There was a man living among us who had a physical defect and, to our surprise, we saw him having intercourse with one of the servant girls. Sa’d referred his case to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, and he said, “Strike him with the whip one hundred times.” They said, “O Prophet of Allah, he is too weak for that. If you strike him one hundred times, he might die.” The Prophet said, “Then take a branch with one hundred twigs and strike him once.

Source: Sunan Ibn Mājah 2566

Grade: Sahih (authentic) according to Al-Albani

عَنْ سَعِيدِ بْنِ سَعْدِ بْنِ عُبَادَةَ قَالَ كَانَ بَيْنَ أَبْيَاتِنَا رَجُلٌ مُخْدَجٌ ضَعِيفٌ فَلَمْ يُرَعْ إِلَّا وَهُوَ عَلَى أَمَةٍ مِنْ إِمَاءِ الدَّارِ يَخْبُثُ بِهَا فَرَفَعَ شَأْنَهُ سَعْدُ بْنُ عُبَادَةَ إِلَى رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ فَقَالَ اجْلِدُوهُ ضَرْبَ مِائَةِ سَوْطٍ قَالُوا يَا نَبِيَّ اللَّهِ هُوَ أَضْعَفُ مِنْ ذَلِكَ لَوْ ضَرَبْنَاهُ مِائَةَ سَوْطٍ مَاتَ قَالَ فَخُذُوا لَهُ عِثْكَالًا فِيهِ مِائَةُ شِمْرَاخٍ فَاضْرِبُوهُ ضَرْبَةً وَاحِدَةً

2566 سنن ابن ماجه كتاب الحدود باب الكبير والمريض يجب عليه الحد

2103 المحدث الألباني خلاصة حكم المحدث صحيح في صحيح ابن ماجه