Subject : The Vow Made to do an Act of Obedience must to be Fulfilled
Fatwa Number : 549
Date : 16-03-2010
Classified : Oaths and vows
Fatwa Type : Search Fatawaa

Question :

I made a vow to allocate part of my income to support my deceased brother’s children till they grow up and some of my brothers are helping them in this regard as well. However, the rest of my brothers are having bad conditions and very poor. Am I permitted to allocate the aforementioned part to my brothers instead so that they can establish their own job and help in improving their financial status, because I believe that the latter ones are in more need than the former ones?

The Answer :

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of The Worlds, and may Hus peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad and upon all of his family and companions.

The vow made to do an act of obedience for Allah must be fulfilled by a Muslim, since the Prophet (PBUH) said (What means): ”If anyone vows to obey Allah, let him obey Him.” [Related by Al-Bukhary No./6696]. Further, giving charity to your orphaned nephews is an act of obedience that must be fulfilled i.e. if you (Questioner) made a vow to give them charity so long as they need money or till they grow up, then you are obliged to fulfill your vow literally and abide by the period. And Allah Knows Best.



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