Renew Your Vow With Allah, counsel from Ustadh Amjad Tarsin

With less than half a year to go before Ramadan is here again, and the passing of the blessed month of Rabi-al-Awwal, Ustadh Amjad Tarsin asks what have we done to reconnect with our Creator. Never Too Late It’s never too late to renew our vow with Him, and Ustadh Amjad shares some practical steps […]

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 […]

Making Up Broken Fasts and Performing Sunna Fasts

Answered by Ustadh Tabraze Azam Question:  My questing are regarding intention and fasting. I have some expiation fasts that i must make up for breaking my fast without a valid reason, fasts that were accidentally broken, and broken vow fasts for promises i made that i did not keep.  Also, I want to fast the […]

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? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fulfilling a Religious Vow (Nadhr) To Avoid a Sin

Answered by Shaykh Faraz A. Khan Question: My question, specifically, is if you yourself placed terms within your oath to Allah, such as “If I commit such-and-such sin, I will fast 5 consecutive days”, and you happen to break this oath, will you only have to fulfill these terms? Or will you also have to […]