Breaking a vow

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Q: I had made a vow that if I do a particular sin ever again in my life I will pray so many number of Rakaats. However I am finding it difficult to fulfill the vow because I keep relapsing into the sin. May Allah help me abstain.Am I allowed to change or break the vow so I no longer have to pray those many numberof rakaats?


A: Once the vow has been taken you cannot change it.

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


Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, 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.

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