Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) said:

”Whoever among you sees an evil action, let him change it with his hand

[by taking action]; if he cannot, then with his tongue [by speaking out]; and if he cannot, then with his heart [by hating it and feeling that it is wrong] and that is the weakest of faith ( Muslim, 49)

If Madrassah teachers suspect a pupil is being abused in anyway, there are some important steps they must take. These steps will be outlined on this page.

Note: You do not need evidence to report abuse. If you even suspect abuse but are not certain, you must still report it for further investigation.


  • Do Your Research – Know who to report suspected abuse to in your Madrassah and how it is dealt with.
  • Don’t Second-Guess Yourself – You can never be 100% certain about abuse, unless you witness it. However, even if you simply suspect a problem, you must report it for investigation. You can clarify in your report that you suspect abuse, but are not certain. The family will not know who filed it.
  • Keep a Watchful Eye on Your Pupil – If you suspect that one of your pupils is in a vulnerable situation, pay special attention to his/her behaviour, needs, and work. Keep a record if possible.
  • Remain Committed to Protecting Children – Do not allow the difficult process to deter you from protecting children in the future. It is your legal responsibility, and as a Madrassah teacher, the pupils you teach are an amaanah/trust. Remember you have an Islamic (and legal) obligation to protect those in your care.

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How do I approach a Madrassah pupil who I suspect is being abused?

It can be difficult to talk to the pupil because he or she may be afraid to disclose the abuse. It is not necessary to approach the child but if you choose to, here are a few tips


  • One way is to tell him/her that you are concerned that they are looking unhappy/angry/withdrawn or that you have noticed a bruise/burn/cut etc.
  • Ask them if there is anything they want to tell you.
  • Do not pressure the pupil to talk to you.
  • Assure the pupil you can be approached if he/she needs to talk later.