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Promising to give something to someone

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1. If I told someone that I will give you this dress, that person didn’t say anything, can I change my decision and keep the dress for myself?

2. I told a person that I will give you something but that person said he does not need it, but I insisted on him to accept the offer and he somehow agreed, then later I thought in my mind that maybe that person really don’t need my thing so well I will give it to some other person then, so can I change my decision like this?



1. Since you told the person that you will give it, it was like a promise. A Muslim should honour his word although the intended person cannot demand you to make over your dress.

2. As above.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.