How Does Making an Oath or Vow Differ from Simply Saying You’ll Do Something?

Answered by Sidi Wasim Shiliwala Question: Firstly id like to ask what is the difference between simple saying that you’ll do something, and vowing to do something? For example, if someone says that they are doing 2 fasts, would this count? Also, if one is reading about vows and then he says “yes” aloud, would […]

Does One Have to Do Expiation for Oaths Made When One Was Unaware of Their Ruling?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My question is that, if you did not know what an oath was, or that it requires expiation, you just thought of it as another way of swearing/ promising, and you broke many oaths, but then realised the importance and expiation, would you still have to do expiation? […]

An Oath to Fast “If I Pass the Test…”

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I made an oath about two years ago that if I passed a test I would fast 3 days each month. I have not done so and feel awful about this. I wanted to know: a) do I need to make up the fasts I missed? b) what […]

Is the Statement “Don’t Have Sex With Me” Considered an Oath?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I am confused regarding the topic of ila’. I believe that refers to the vow of abstention. If a brother said “don’t have sex with me” or “don’t have sex with me anymore”, to his wife, would that be classified as ila’? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I […]

Violating a Promise to Allah

Answered by Ustadha Shaista Maqbool Question: It is a very low point of life but still I am doing well. Some misunderstandings arose between me and my dear friend. I wrote a letter to Allah mentioning the situation and said that I promise you Allah to never to use a social networking site, where me […]

Is There a Difference Between Breaking an Oath and Breaking a Promise?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My husband and I are currently expecting our first baby, and at around 6 weeks into my pregnancy, I had a threatened miscarriage. I made a lot of dua and promised that if I had a daughter I’d name her Fatima and if I had a son, I’d […]

An Oath to Marry Someone, and No One Else

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: I made an oath to a person that I’d marry them and only them. They ended up getting engaged to someone else, and now I’m left to following out my oath for the rest of my life. What do I do if I want to get married again […]

What is the Difference Between a Promise, an Oath, and a Vow?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: Is a promise different from a convenant/vow/oath or are they all the same in Islam? e.g. if I make a promise to Allah does this mean I have also made a vow/convenant/oath with Allah or are they different from each other? Answer: Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullah, I pray […]

Is It Permissible to Lie In Order to Conceal Past Sins?

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My mother asked me about things in my past I may have done. To one of the questions, I replied “wallah no” because I couldn’t tell the truth as it may jeopardize my relationship with my family. I lied and swore, and I completely understand that this is […]

Is It Obligatory to Fulfill My Promises?

Answered by Sidi Faraz A. Khan Question: salam, -if i made a vow/promise/oath/covenant to Allah that i would wear hijab but i do it in my head because i didn’t know that it wont be valid if its not done verbally, i thought it will be valid if you do it in your head. Now […]