Making a promise not to commit a sin

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Q: If one has made a promise to Allah Ta’ala to give up a certain sin and later on fell into that sin, hence breaking this promise, is there any kafaarah for breaking such a promise.


A: If you only said promise but did not say any word of qasam, then this will not constitute an oath.

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, 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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