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Breaking a promise with Allah Ta’ala

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Q: If a person verbally makes a promise to Allah and to the person they want to show their commitment to, the promise being that I will stay away from such and such haraam action forever, what happens if such a person continually breaks such a promise? Secondly is it permissible for the other party to be suspicious that maybe the person taking the promise is breaking such a promise?


A: He should sincerely repent to Allah Ta’ala and make a firm resolve that he will not commit those sins in the future. If he is sincere and reforms his life, Allah Ta’ala will forgive him.

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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