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Making a promise to Allah Ta’ala

Q: Are all promises to Allah considered as Ahd عهد in fiqh or should we say the word “Ahd عهد” if we want to establish an “ahd” with Allah?


A: If a person has made a promise to Allah Ta’ala within his heart, then he should endeavour to fulfil that promise. If he has taken an oath on the name of Allah or a nazar, then it is compulsory for him to fulfil the oath and the nazar (provided it is of a permissible nature).

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

عمران بن حصين رضي الله عنهما يقول قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم خير أمتي قرني ثم الذين يلونهم ثم الذين يلونهم قال عمران فلا أدري أذكر بعد قرنه قرنين أو ثلاثا ثم إن بعدكم قوما يشهدون ولا يستشهدون ويخونون ولا يؤتمنون وينذرون ولا يفون ويظهر فيهم السمن (صحيح البخاري # 3650)

ومن نذر نذرا مطلقا فعليه الوفاء لقوله عليه الصلاة والسلام من نذر وسمى فعليه الوفاء بما سمى (الهداية 2/483)

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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