Difference between an oath and a promise

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Q: Is a strong promise the same as an oath? If someone makes a firm intention not to do something (word usage is promise) then if they break the promise do they have to give kafarah?


A: A promise is totally different to an oath. The laws are not the same. It is compulsory to fulfil one’s promise morally and ethically.

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.

Find more answers indexed from:
Read more answers with similar topics:
Subscribe to IslamQA Weekly Newsletter

Subscribe to IslamQA Weekly Newsletter

You will receive 5 Q&A in your inbox every week

We have sent a confirmation to you. Please check the and confirm your subscription. Thank you!