Q: Few months back my father’s prostate report came abnormal. I made niyat to Allah Ta’ala that I will send someone for umrah and will stop watching TV and movies if his next report comes normal. Then I thought that sending someone for umrah is a good act and stop watching Tv and movies is a bad act, so I made niyat of it irrespective of the result of his next report.
My question is, is my oath a formal oath? Because I made niyat like this “I am making this niyat that I will send someone for umrah and stop watching Tv and movies from now.
According to what I have learnt, an oath or niyat should be taken with the name of Allah like “in the name of Allah” or “wallahi” or similar to this? I am 99 percent sure that while making the niyat I have not taken the name of Allah.
Note: Alhamdulillah with the blessing of Allah I sent one person for umrah but I am unable to avoid TV and movies, i just want to make some changes in it.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
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.