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19 June 2019 CE | 16 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Vows – Nazr

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) forbade vowing and said, “In fact, vowing does not prevent anything, but it makes a miser spend his property.” [Sahih Bukhari]

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah said, ‘vowing does not bring to the son of Adam anything I have not already written in his Qadar (preordainment)…Through vowing I make a miser spend of his wealth.’”

Examples of vows are: “If a son is born to me I will feed 100 poor people.” Or, “If I get admission in this university I will give so much wealth in Sadaqa.” Or, “If I recover from this illness I will sacrifice a goat for the needy.”

Whatever good deed one vowed to do, they should have done without vowing. They shouldn’t have made it a sort of bargain with Allah (subhana wa ta’ala). Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) is not in need of any of our deeds. We do good deeds for our own benefit and we are always in need of our own good deeds, regardless of whether the son is born, the admission granted, or the illness recovered from. We will not change the course of what was destined to happen for us by vowing anything. By vowing, a miser is made to spend what he/she refused to spend before, although it would have been for his/her own benefit.

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