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Oath: I will never smoke again

Fatwaa ID: 2122

Asalamu Alikom Muftis, I wanted to ask, a couple of years ago I swore to Allah that I would never smoke again. I smoke from time to time Alhamdulillah it’s not consistent, however I smoked maybe a year after I swore. I know that now I have to fast 3 days for smoking however do I have to keep fasting every time I smoke or just once for breaking the swear? Wa JazakAllahu Khayran

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

May Allaah Ta’aala make it easy for you and keep all harms and evils away from you. We understand that the wordings of your oath was “I swear by Allaah that I will never smoke again”. You did not say “every time” or something to that effect. Accordingly, you will have to do one kaffaarah/expiation only. You do not have to do repeat the kaffaarah every time you smoke.

It should be noted that the default kaffaarah is not fasting three days as you have assumed. The kaffaarah for breaking an oath is to feed ten people two average meals or clothe ten people sufficient clothes to adequately cover their full body. If one is genuinely unable to do either of the above due to not having the financial means, then he must fast three consecutive days. Along with the above, tawbah and istighfaar must be made.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

08/01/1445 AH – 02/11/2024 CE | AMG1-3744

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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