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Changing one’s oath

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Q: I have made a niyat to Allah Ta’ala and now I am unable to stick to it. I want to make some changes in that niyat. Is it possible to do so? I have heard that Sahaabah (Companions of Nabi Muhammad sallallahu alaihi wasallam)) sometime in their lives broke kasams or niyat and paid kafaraah. May Allah Ta’ala forgive me if I am wrong, let me know if there is any way so tht I can change my niyat and make things easy for me.

Bismillaah

A: Yes, if it was not verbal.

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

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Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)


Q: I don’t remember if I made niyat verbally or just had a thought in my mind.

 

Bismillaah

A: If you are not sure whether you had taken a verbal oath or you only intended it in your mind, then this will not constitute an oath. Hence, if you go against what you had intended, kafaarah will not be compulsory upon you.

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

 

Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

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.

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