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 […]

Dealing With Difficult Parents and Keeping Promises

Answered by Saira AbuBakr Question: Assalamu alaikum I find it hard to keep some of my promises and I live with a father who is sometimes cruel. I’m trying to find a way to stay on the right path, but it is hard.  Could you please advise me? Answer: Walaikum salaam wa RahmatuAllah, May Allah […]

Must I Pay Expiation for My Broken Promise to Allah?

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: I was in love with a girl and we used to talk on phone. In the final semester of my school, I fell short of my attendance and my professor didn’t agree to clear my attendance. So I said to Allah, “O Allah, please bring me out of this […]

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 […]

Breaking Promises and Repentance

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question: My question/concern is that i constantly break my promise after repenting to Allah on a certain issue and re-act the specific action. What can you advise me?   Answer: Wa alaikum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh, I pray that you are in the best of health and faith, insha’Allah. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Muslim Standard Time: Punctuality & Being Late

Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Muslims have a habit of being late to everything. What are the rules governing punctuality and being late? Answer: Wa Alaykum Assalam wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatuhu, In the Name of Allah, Most Merciful & Compassionate Agreeing to be somewhere at a given time is akin to a promise and […]