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False oath

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_ A few years ago before I got married I did a very bad deed: I was chatting with a non-mahram and we finally had an affair but only virtual, nothing physical. After a few months his wife found out about this and she asked me to take an oath and tell the truth. I was so scared … Since i was still young i was afraid that if my parents find out they would scold me… So I took an oath on the Quran that I did not have anything with her husband and she believed me. Since then i feel so guilty… I do make lots of istighfar. But the question is: Do I have to tell his wife to forgive me? Or can i carry on with my istighfar? jazakAllah khair for helping me.


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

_ Chatting with non-mahram people of the opposite gender is an evil act that leads to other evil acts. We are pleased to see that you have realised this.

Taking a false oath is a major sin according to the ahadith (Bukhari). One who committed this sin must do sincere tauba (repentance) immediately. If you do sincere tauba, Allah Ta’ala will forgive you; and informing the man’s wife will not be necessary.

(See: Raddul Muhtaar: 5/493, Darul Ma’rifa; Fatawa Rahimiyya: 9/23)

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And Allah knows best.

Mufti Faizal Riza

This answer was collected from Fatwa.org.au, which is connected to Darul Ifta Australia, based in Melbourne, Australia.
It is operated by Mufti Faizal Riza, a student of Mufti Ebrahim Desai from South Africa.

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