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No expiation on account of forgetfulness

Published: 25/08/2011 02:10:00 PM GMT
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I made an oath not to do something and then I did it out of forgetfulness. What must I do now?

Answered by

Sheikh Hânî al-Jubayr, judge at the Jeddah Supreme Court

In case of forgetfulness you do not have to expiate for your oath.

Allah says: “Our Lord, condemn us not if we forget or fall into error” [Sûrah al-Baqarah: 286]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: “My nation will not be held accounted for what they forgot or were coerced into doing” [Sunan Ibn Mâjah, Sunan al-Dârqutnî and others. It was authenticated by al-Dhahabî]

And Allah knows best.

Source: Islam Today




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