Assalamualaikum Warahamathulahi Wabarakatuhu
Nowadays, making promises has become a part of time-pass. We make promises for very simple and unwanted things. And many of us even do fake promises. This had us lead into a more deeper i.e.., making fake promises on ALLAH the Almighty, on our most beloved Prophet, on the companions of prophet, our own mother and father etc.., Astaghfirullah. Form where did we learn this? Of course it’s nothing but we have began imitating the non-believers.
Firstly, you must understand that we i.e.., the believer are forbidden to make a promise or to take an oath on anyone else, except in the name of Our creator ALLAH.
Ibn ‘Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) heard ALLAH’s Messenger (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) saying: He who has to take an oath, he must not take oath but by Allah. The Quraish used to take oath by their fathers. So he (the Holy Prophet) said: Do not take oath by your fathers.
[Sahih Muslim Vol.15, Chap.1, hadith#4040]
Breaking a promise made in the name of the Most-Powerful ALLAH is among the signs of being a hypocrite. This is clearly mentioned in the below hadith.
Narrated Abu Huraira (Radiallahu Anhu) that The Prophet Muhammad (Salallahu’Alayhiwassalam) said, “The signs of a hypocrite are three: Whenever he speaks he tells a lie; whenever he is entrusted he proves dishonest; whenever he promises he breaks his promise.”
[Sahih Bukhari Vol.4, Chap.51, Hadith#12]
So, stop playing with promises. A real believer shall hold on to his promise, whatever happens and ALLAH the most-merciful will not blame you for breaking meaningless or sinful promises. But, there are certain circumstances in which he have to or forced to break. In such cases, we must pay the penalty by performing Kaffaaarat Yameen i.e..,
Allah will not impose blame upon you for what is meaningless in your oaths, but He will impose blame upon you for [breaking] what you intended of oaths. So its expiation is the feeding of ten needy people from the average of that which you feed your [own] families or clothing them or the freeing of a slave. But whoever cannot find [or afford it] – then a fast of three days [is required]. That is the expiation for oaths when you have sworn. But guard your oaths. Thus does Allah make clear to you His verses that you may be grateful.
[Holy Qura’an Surah Ma’idah, Verse 89]
And the reward for Holding on to the Promise is very much high, it’s worthy that the entire world i.e.., we shall gain the LOVE OF ALLAH, which the dream of every believer.
Yes, whoever fulfills his pledge and fears ALLAH much; verily, then ALLAH loves those who are Al-Muttaqun (the pious)
[Aal ‘Imraan 3:76]
Moreover we can make a promise on ALLAH to stand away from a haram act. In’Sha’ALLAH from now onwards, lets all hold onto our promises. Ya ALLAH guide us to the path of JANNAH. Ameen ya RABB !!!
COURTESY [ ABDULLAH ALFAZEENA (ALEENA RAZEE)]