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Teachings of Islam explained in simple and concise manner.

Keeping Promises

Keeping a promise means honouring it, acting upon it and never breaking it. Breaking a promise is a big sin and leads to the fire of hell. Promises will be asked about on the Day of Judgment. Allah says in the Quran:

“And fulfill [every] commitment. Indeed, the commitment is ever [that about which one will be] questioned.” [Al-Quran 17:34]

“But yes, whoever fulfills his commitment and fears Allah – then indeed, Allah loves those who fear Him.” [Al-Quran 3:76]

Never make a promise while intending not to keep it. This is forbidden in Islam as it is a kind of lying and hypocrisy. The Prophet (S.A.W) said:

 “Three traits single out a hypocrite, even if he prays or fasts and claims to be Muslim: If he speaks, he lies. If he makes a promise, he does not keep it. If he is entrusted, he betrays the trust.” [Al-Bukhari and Muslim]

Breaking promises can lead to many problems. Breaking promises makes people think you’re not trustworthy. People will stop trusting you. You will be recognized as a bad person. Breaking promises will not only trouble you but will also trouble the person you made the promise with. Troubling people is also a sin and contrary to the Islamic teachings. So if you break a promise, you will be committing two sins at the same time.

The Prophet (S.A.W) said:

“Do not argue with your brother, do not ridicule him, and do not make a promise, only to not fulfill it.” [Jami-Tirmidhi]

If you make a promise, and intend to fulfill it, but cannot because of any emergency; then you have not committed any sin. The Prophet  (S.A.W) said:

“Whenever a man makes a promise and he intends to fulfill it, but he could not fulfill it (due to certain reason), then there is no burden upon him.” [Jami-Tirmidhi]


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