Does Breaking a Promise to Allah Most High to Not Sin Necessitates an Expiation (Kaffara)?

Hanafi Fiqh

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I promised Allah (Most High) to pay expiation (kaffara) every time I watch porn. Due to weaknesses, it seems that I go back to it after every ten days or so. Do I have to pay kaffara every time or once?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate.

I pray you are in good faith and health. Thank you for your question.

In your case, an expiation (kaffara) is not due. It is only due when one takes an oath (Yamin) like, “by Allah…” when making a promise.

You have promised Allah (Most High) that you will pay an expiation (kaffara) for each time you watch porn, yet you continue to do so. Although you promise Allah (Most High) that you will not sin, no expiation is required because it is a promise without an oath. You will seek forgiveness from Allah (Most High) and repent.

There is a difference between making a promise “to Allah” versus “by Allah.” A promise “to Allah” is legally a promise, while a promise “by Allah” is legally an oath.

You have to ask yourself what exactly you intended and worded.

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[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey. He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete the hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled in an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and ‘Aalimiyya sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan. He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for several years. He has taught hifz of the Quran, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to children and adults onsite and online extensively in the UK and Ireland. He taught at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences. He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His interest is a love of books and gardening.