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I cant remember what i promised God

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I made a promise to God to either stop/reduce daydreaming, or to stop maladaptive daydreaming(MD). MD is a distinct kind of daydreaming which is also a suspected to be a psychiatric disorder. It is not like normal daydreaming, and if i said i would stop MD i (believe?) I would not have intended normal daydreaming. I cant remember which of the 2, so i assumed MD. But is this promise valid? If it is, would i stop or reduce what i am meant to be stopping/reducing? Do i deal with MD or normal daydreaming?


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Making a promise to God is not a binding act. An act becomes binding if you take an actual oath using the names or attributes of Allah, to do or stop doing an action. As you only made a promise nothing has become binding on you.

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Mufti Zubair Patel

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