Regarding Atonement of Broken Oaths

Regarding Atonement of Broken Oaths


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Question: The friend of mine told me that he contacted some scholar, who told him that the atonementis feeding sixty people, and not ten. Regarding the verse that you've quoted, I realized that it doesn't talk about breaking an oath on the Holy Qur'an. It simply talks about breaking an oath, but we are talking about breaking an oath on the Holy Qur'an. This is what my friend also told me. He said that feeding ten people might be for breaking a simple swear but it's not enough for breaking an oath on the Holy Qur'an. Sir, please shed some light on it.

Response: My understanding is that there is only one shari'ah that is mentioned in the Qur'an and Sunnah and nothing can be added/deleted from it. The Qur'anic shari'ah mentioned for the atonement of breaking an oath – whether taken on the Qur'an or otherwise – mentions what I have already quoted in my answer. It includes all kinds of oaths. Had this been for a specific oath, the Qur'an should have mentioned it. If it doesn't, and there are some people who would want to claim that the atonement for an oath done on the Qur'an is different, they should bring forth their argument from the Qur'an. We have been strongly discouraged from creating a shari'ah of our own. Consider the condemnation in the following verse of the people who used to create shari'ah on their own:

Likewise ask them about a pair of camels and a pair of cows, "Of these, has He forbidden you the males, females or their foetuses?" If they answer, then ask them: "were you present when Allah gave you these commandments?" If not then Who can be more unjust than the one who forges a lie against Allah, so that he may mislead mankind without having any knowledge? Surely Allah does not guide the unjust people. (6:144)

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