Q: What is kuffarah for an unfulfilled Qur’an oath? I took an oath of not missing salaah with a sheikh online who gave me zikr for weak memory and doing good in medical school. I did the zikr for a while and then stopped it. I totally forgot about the oath. I do pray but not regularly? So now I am in last year of my medical school. I have a lot of prayers to make up. Can you please guide me about the kuffarah? Do I have to make up all the prayers and is there a kuffarrah along with it?
A: You should sincerely repent for missing your Salaah and for breaking your oath. You should make up for all your missed Salaah and give Kaffarah for breaking your oath. The Kaffarah for breaking the oath is that you should feed ten poor Muslims with the amount of Sadaqatul fitr as an atonement for breaking the oath. Alternatively you may cloth ten poor people with such clothing wherein Salaah can be performed. If you are unable to do this then you should fast three days consecutively with the intention of atoning for the broken oath.
And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.
لَا يُؤَاخِذُكُمُ اللَّـهُ بِاللَّغْوِ فِي أَيْمَانِكُمْ وَلَـكِن يُؤَاخِذُكُم بِمَا عَقَّدتُّمُ الْأَيْمَانَ فَكَفَّارَتُهُ إِطْعَامُ عَشَرَةِ مَسَاكِينَ مِنْ أَوْسَطِ مَا تُطْعِمُونَ أَهْلِيكُمْ أَوْ كِسْوَتُهُمْ أَوْ تَحْرِيرُ رَقَبَةٍ فَمَن لَّمْ يَجِدْ فَصِيَامُ ثَلَاثَةِ أَيَّامٍ ذَلِكَ كَفَّارَةُ أَيْمَانِكُمْ إِذَا حَلَفْتُمْ وَاحْفَظُوا أَيْمَانَكُمْ كَذَلِكَ يُبَيِّنُ اللَّـهُ لَكُمْ آيَاتِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَشْكُرُونَ ﴿المائدة: ٨٩﴾
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