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I swore on Quran not to smoke again

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Asalam-u-alaikum

My mom forced me to swear on Quran that I wouldn't smoke again and if i did i will suffer from a fatal disease.

Although i can't keep up with the promise, I have an exam in a month and I am really worried.

What should I do to undo my promise?

- hadia21000

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  1. Below is all the proofs from the Shakyh, to sum it up though. Your oath is binding because you swore on the quran; the word of Allah swt ( ie taking an oath with Allah swt). If you took and oath with anything else it would not be binding but you'd have to repent for that. As for breaking an oath :

    “Allaah 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 manumit 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 Allaah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful”

    [al-Maa'idah 5:89]
    http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/34730/broken%20oath

    Smoking is clearly bad for you, and you need to make a sincere intention to stop. Read the ruling below and here's a exsert from it:

    Considering all that has been presented, it can be clearly seen that smoking is an evil among many others. It is not permissible to indulge in it, or buy and sell it, or even to offer it to others. It is incumbent on a person who is addicted to it that he must make all efforts and get whatever necessary treatment to stop it Sheikh Muhammed Salih Al-Munajjid (see full ruling below)

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    “Allaah 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 manumit 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 Allaah makes clear to you His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) that you may be grateful”

    [al-Maa'idah 5:89]
    http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/34730/broken%20oath

    He swore on the Qur’aan that he would not go to more than one doctor, and he wants to break that oath
    I have been psychologically ill for 15 years. I feel that I cannot breath; I cannot sleep if I do not use a sleeping pill either. I sometimes have anxiety attacks, for which I visit many different doctors. My wife became upset because of this; so I swore by Quraan to her that I will not go to more than one doctor. Afterwards I needed to visit more than one. What is the ruling on this?
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    Praise be to Allaah.

    Firstly:

    We ask Allaah to heal you and make you well, and we advise you to regularly recite dhikr and read Qur’aan, and ask Allaah and turn to Him, for all things are in His hand, may He be glorified.

    For the remedy for anxiety and stress, please see question no. 21677.

    Secondly:

    If you swore that you would not go to more than one doctor, then you needed to go to more than one doctor, there is nothing wrong with you doing that, but you have to offer expiation for breaking an oath (kafaarat yameen), because the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever swears an oath then sees that something else is better than it, let him do that and offer expiation for his oath.” Narrated by Muslim (1650). But you should tell the doctor about your need for the medication, and you should ask him about increasing the dose for you, and you should not take such a decision by yourself, because of the harmful effects to which it may lead in the future.

    Thirdly:

    The one who swears by the Mus-haf intends either to swear by that which it contains of the words of Allaah, which is a binding oath for which expiation must be offered if it is broken, or he intends to swear by the paper, which is an oath sworn by something other than Allaah and it is shirk from which he must repent and resolve not to do it again, but he does not have to offer expiation if he breaks his oath, because it is a haraam oath that is not binding. Please see the answer to question no. 98194.

    And Allaah knows best.

    http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/98654/broken%20oath

    Ruling on smokingIs smoking cigarettes Haraam?

    Praise be to Allah and peace and blessings be on His Prophet SAWS.

    Smoking is one of the things which has caused a lot of problems and harm these days and it has spread like wild fire. Before we discuss this topic in detail, we should know that Allaah the Almighty has divided things in the world into two types, good or permissible (al-tayyibaat, al-halaal) and evil or prohibited (al-khabaa'ith, al-haraam), and there is no third type. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning) in surat al-A'raaf (7:157):

    "And He makes good things halaal for them and bad things haraam."

    Considering this fact, smoking can either be permissible and good or prohibited and evil.

    Thus, we present some of its characteristics and let the person asking the question see himself in which type lies smoking.

    There is no disagreement among the physicians and sane people that smoking is harmful for health. It is one of the major causes of lung cancer and other diseases. It is also one of the major causes of death. Since, it is known that the Islamic law prohibits everything that is harmful for a human being. Allah said (interpretation of meaning):
    "Do not kill yourself. Allah is Merciful unto you." (Surat al-Nisaa' 4:29)

    In addition, His Prophet SAWS (peace be upon him) said:

    "There is no harm or causing of harm (in Islaam)." (Arabic "laa darar wa laa diraar")

    He SAWS (peace be upon him) also said:

    "A person will not be able to move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about ... his body as to what he engaged it in."

    Smoking also goes against the saying of the Prophet SAWS:

    "Your body has a right on you."

    There is no disagreement among the physicians and sane people that smoking is harmful for the health of others who inhale the polluted breath of the smoker. Medical research has proven the harmful effects of smoking mothers on their children. The offensive smell caused by smoking is a source of pain to the worshippers of Allah among humans and angels. The angels are offended and suffer from the same things that the human beings suffer from. Allah said (interpretation of the meaning):
    "Those who cause harm to believing men and women without any reason do a great sin." (Surat al-Ahzaab, 33:58)

    The money that is spent on cigarettes is used on buying a harmful thing and is therefore an extravagance. Allah said (interpretation of the meaning):
    "… and do not be extravagant wasters. Those who are extravagant are kinsmen of Satan." (Surat al-Israa' 17:26-27)

    Extravagance (in Islam) means spending on something haraam.

    Spending money on cigarettes is a waste of resources as well. The Prophet SAWS (peace be upon him) said:

    "A person will not be able to move on the Day of Judgment until he is asked about ..... what he owned as to how he spent it."

    Considering all that has been presented, it can be clearly seen that smoking is an evil among many others. It is not permissible to indulge in it, or buy and sell it, or even to offer it to others. It is incumbent on a person who is addicted to it that he must make all efforts and get whatever necessary treatment to stop it. If the unbelievers have understood the harm caused by smoking and made laws regarding it, the Muslims should be even more eager to stop it and treat those who are addicted to it.

    We ask Allah the Almighty to cure everyone indulging in this evil and help him in giving it up. Allah is the Best Guide to the Right Path.

    http://www.islam-qa.com/en/ref/110/smoking

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