Oaths in Islam – Part 2

Since I posted an article on “Oaths in Islam”, I have gotten quite a few questions from readers (most of which I have not published) asking me to clarify if an oath they took is valid or something else related to oaths they took. I figured I would write another article providing examples to help such people out.

First I’d like to state that I am not a scholar, or even a formal student of sacred knowledge. I just happen to like learning and get my knowledge from reading various books, articles and listening to lectures. I had written the original article as a reminder for me after having read articles about oaths on sunnipath.com (now qibla.com) and other sources. Here is the original article, I am talking about: http://moazzam-khan.com/blog/oaths-in-islam/ if you are curious.

My friend/whoever took an oath that they will do something bad to themselves if I don’t do what they want.

If your friend, or anyone else takes an oath to not eat (or harm themselves) until you do something, that is between them. You are not responsible for their oaths. If they break those oaths, they will have to pay kaffarah for it. It doesn’t affect you. No one can force you to do something by taking an oath. Allah will not hold you accountable for an oath someone else took.

I swore that I will not let my son/daughter do something (like play soccer), but I want to let them play it. What should I do?

Firstly, try not to take oaths you can’t keep. Secondly, if you break your oath, you will have to pay the kaffarah. If you don’t break that oath, then you son/daughter will not get to play soccer (or whatever you forbade them from) .

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  1. Salams, My sister asked me if I did a certain action before in my life. she said say Wallah and I did. A few minutes later like 10 minutes to 15 I realized I have actually done this before. I didn’t remember that I’ve done it before. After I got really scared if I wouldn’t be forgiven and still am. I’ve done research and I don’t recall coming over this situation on the internet.

    I know that I didn’t mean to say it on purpose to lie, and now I am thinking about that moment a lot. Even though I know I didn’t mean it.

    I want to get confirmation that I don’t have to do Kaffarah. I’ve heard that you can say astaghfirullah if you did it unintentionally.

  2. Oaths I mention in this article are for things you will/will not do. Regarding oaths of what happened/giving account of something, I don’t know the rulings that apply to it. In your situation, I would tell your sister the truth an explain that you didn’t remember it at the time. Sorry, I couldn’t be of more help

  3. Assalamu alikum. I had serious waswas problems previously.but now I am curing from it. So my question is ” I had a doubt in my past I made a promise to allah that I will not Buy something for my comfort that I thought it may be from impure source.but now I understand it is mostly from pure sources.so this situation can I buy the product which are mostly from pure sources. And I am not sure whether I made a promise to allah that I will never buy it.but it’s a doubt whether I made a promise or not. So if I buy the product should I have to fast for doubt about promise Sorry my question is long.May allah bless you.

  4. If you take an oath and break it, you have to pay the kaffarah. Are there any replacements for what you took an oath to not buy? I would recommend you talk to a local imam regarding this.

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