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What is the Kaffarah for breaking an oath?

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i had sweared on Allah that i will not commit a particular sin but i committed it. now i want to give kaffarah for it.. i heard i can give rice to 10 people as kaffarah but i m confused about the quantitiy. is it 3/4th of 1 kg(one mudd) or 1.5 kgs?? please help


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

The Kaffarah for breaking an oath is as follows:

1. Freeing a slave, or

2. Feeding ten poor people two average meals, or

3. Clothing ten poor people that is sufficient to conceal their bodies[1]

If one is unable to fulfil any of the above three due a valid reason, one should fast for three consecutive days.[2]

With regards to your question, the Fuqaha have mentioned that one should give ten poor people half Saa (1.59 Kg’s) of wheat, flour or  one Saa of barley (3.18 Kg’s). [3]One may also feed ten poor people two average meals, for example, lunch and supper.[4]

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And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best                                       

Ismail Desai,
Student Darul Iftaa
Durban, South Africa

Checked and Concurred by,
Moulana Abdul Azeem Bin Abdul Rahmaan

Student Darul Iftaa


1  و كفارته تحرير رقبة أو اطعام عشرة مساكين أو كسوتهم بما يستر عامة البدن (تنوير الأبصار و جامع البحار، ج 3، ص 725-726)

2  و ان عجز عنها صام ثلاثة أيام ولاء (تنوير الأبصار و جامع البحار، ج 3، ص 727)


  3  و ان اختار الاطعام فهو علي نوعين طعام تمليك و طعام اباحة فطعام التمليك ان يعطي عشرة مساكين كل مسكين نصف صاع من حنطة أو دقيق أو سويق أو صاعا من شعير كما في صدقة الفطر (الفتاوي الهندية، ج 2، ص 17، رشيدية)

4  و ان اختار التكفير بطعام الاباحة يجوز عندنا و طعام الاباحة اكلتان مشبعتان غداء و عشاء أو غداآن أو عشاآن أو عشاء و سحورا و المستحب ان يكون غداء و عشاء بخبز و ادام (المرجع السابق)

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