Visiting Christmas Markets

Ustadh Salman Younas is asked about visiting Christmas Markets having promised not to celebrate Christmas. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa baraktuh. I study in Europe and I promised by Allah that I will never celebrate Christmas. However will I keep my promise if I visit the Christmas Markets (where candles, food, and alcohol […]

Does Profanity Entail Shirk?

Ustadh Farid Dingle clears up a misunderstanding about profanity, swearing, oaths, and shirk. I’d like to ask about swearing (as in taking an oath). I used to have a habit of using English profanity a lot of times. I’m currently working on it, and Alhamdulillah, I’ve made progress. Instead of using vulgar words, I usually […]

Can One Swear an Oath on One’s Honor?

Shaykh Farid Dingle is asked about the permissibility of taking the Boy Scout’s oath or swearing to do something on one’s honor. Question: Assalam alaykum wa rahmat Allah wa barakatuh. I am writing to you because I need guidance on something. Bismillah. I have decided to become a den leader for my daughter’s Cub Scout […]

What Is Entailed by Breaking a Promise Made to Allah?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: Assalam alaykum I broke a promise to Allah that I won’t smoke again. After 8 months I gave in and smoked. Now I know I have to pay an expiation. But I didn’t renew my promise because I know I can’t keep it. So will I have to pay […]

Should I Fulfill a Conditional Vow Even If The Condition Has Not Been Fulfilled?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: As-salaamu alaikum, Is saying: “if I get such and such I will offer sadaqaah” invalid or even sinful in Islam? If you don’t get such thing shouldn’t you nonetheless carry out this vow? Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best […]

Expiation for Breaking an Oath to Fast in the Maliki School

Answered by Shaykh Rami Nsour Question: What can I do if I have broken an oath of ibada? I made an oath to fast every second day and I was not able to continue. Do I have to start again doing every second day or is there an expiation I can do in this case? […]

Is Expiation Required for Each Instance You Break an Oath?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: If you make an oath to no longer commit a certain sin, and you later commit that sin, would you have to perform expiation once, or for every time you committed that sin after making the oath? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray this finds you in […]

How Do I Break an Oath that is Difficult to Keep?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I took an oath on the Quran that I will share everything with my husband and never hide anything from him. Does sharing everything means I will tell him every moment of my daily routine? This oath is too difficult to maintain.   My question is that if […]

Can a Promise to Allah be Considered an Oath?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I understand that something is only an oath if you use the words ‘by Allah’ or ‘I swear by Allah’ or something similar. However I’m still not clear on what distinguishes an oath from a promise. For instance, if you are talking to Allah and as you are talking […]

The Difference Between an Oath and an Intention

Answered by Ustadh Salman Younas Question: I made intention (intending a promise or oath, since I thought an intention is a promise/oath) to eat and drink only certain things for a certain period of time, because I’m struggling with overeating. One day I drank something that I thought was included in my intention, but now […]