// Swearing on the Quran?
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« on: Jan 22, 2010 06:57 AM »

Dear Alim on line,
I would like to know if some one swears on the Quran to keep away from some bad habit and down the road he could not keep his swear and break the promise, what is the process for forgiveness and for kufara.
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« Reply #1 on: Jan 22, 2010 12:02 PM »

It is haram to swear by anything other than Allah. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said: “Whoever swears an oath then let him swear by Allah or else keep silent.” (Agreed upon hadith) And he also said: “Whoever swears, let him not swear by anything other than Allah.” (Reported by an-Nasa’i)

In his response to the question, Dr. `Abdul-`Azeem Al-Mat`ani, professor at Al-Azhar University, issues the following Fatwa:
The majority of Muslim scholars maintain that taking an oath on the Qur'an is not considered an oath unless the one who swears intends that swearing by the Qur'an is tantamount to swearing by the Divine Being (Allah), and he cited his oath according to this very intention.With this in mind, the oath is equal to swearing by Allah Almighty, and the person who swears has to either fulfil his oath or to make Kaffarah or expiation, if he does the thing upon which he swore not to do.
On the other hand, if the person swears on the Qur’an just with the intention of honoring the Qur'an and no more, then his oath is null and void.
The opinion which is believed to be the most correct is that the person who swears by the Qur'an is obliged to pay Kaffarah in order to be on the safe side.

“Allah will not take you to task for that which is unintentional in your oaths, but He will take you to task for the oaths which ye swear in earnest. The expiation thereof is the feeding of ten of the needy with the average of that wherewith ye feed your own folk, or the clothing of them, or the liberation of a slave, and for him who findeth not (the wherewithal to do so) then a three days' fast. This is the expiation of your oaths when ye have sworn; and keep your oaths. Thus Allah expoundeth unto you His revelations in order that ye may give thanks.” (Al-Ma’idah :89)”

(Allah knows best) May Allah forgive us and guide us all

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