Broken oath


I want to donate money after breaking a oath where do I donate and how much?


As-Selamu ‘Aleykum,

Allah will not punish you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He will punish you for your deliberate oaths; for its expiation (a deliberate oath) feed ten Masaakeen (poor persons), on a scale of the average of that with which you feed your own families, or clothe them or free a slave. But whosoever cannot afford (that), then he should fast for three days. That is the expiation for the oaths when you have sworn. And protect your oaths (i.e. do not swear much). Thus Allah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful”  (Surat al-Ma’idah 5:89)

The Hanafi view is that it is acceptable to offer money as expiation.

Al-Sarkhasi [al-Hanafi] (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Paying the monetary value instead of what is mentioned in the texts in the case of zakah and expiation is permissible in our view.”

You may pay the equivalent amount to a trustworthy charity to distribute the kaffarah on your behalf.

Imam Senad Agić
SABAH – Chicago
9920 Grand Ave
Franklin Park IL 60131

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