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Vows Made Before Embracing Islam. by Taamas111 (m): 3:20pm on January 11
Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.
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A few years ago, before I
became a Muslim, I did not
know which religion was true.
This worried me, so I made
many promises to God in the
hopes that he would forgive my
sins and lead me to salvation.
These promises, usually to
abstain from food, drink or
other things for a short period,
became a great burden on me,
so I eventually promised to
make no more promises. I
certainly intended this to mean
I would make no more promises
to God. I may have also
intended it to mean that I
would make no more promises
to men, but I cannot fully
remember my intention.
Because of this vow, I have a
few questions.
1. Must I still keep this vow I
made before I became a
2. If so, since I no longer
remember what exactly I
intended by the vow, how
should I try to keep it.
3. Does marriage involve the
making of promises to God and
men, or does it only require a
statement of intention? Would
my vow prevent me from
Thank you


All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord
of the Worlds. I testify that there is
none worthy of worship except Allah,
and that Muhammad is His Slave
and Messenger.
We ask Allah The Almighty to
reward you for being keen to
embrace Islam and we
congratulate you on the favor
that Allah has bestowed upon
you by guiding you to Islam.

As for the promises you made
before embracing Islam, you are
not required to fulfill them even
if you promised Allah to offer a
good deed as long as this took
place before embracing Islam,
let alone promising Him to
abstain from food, drink,
marriage, or the like. So, you
are not required to abstain from
any of these things.

However, we draw you attention
to the fact that a Muslim should
not take the matter of
promising Allah The Almighty or
promising people lightly,
because this may lead him to
neglect fulfilling his promises
and thus fall under the
dispraise mentioned in the
following verse:
Allah The Almighty Says (what
means): {And among them are
those who made a covenant
with Allah, [saying], "If He
should give us from His bounty,
we will surely spend in charity,
and we will surely be among the
righteous." But when He gave
them from His bounty, they
were stingy with it and turned
away while they refused. So He
penalized them with hypocrisy
in their hearts until the Day they
will meet Him - because they
failed Allah in what they
promised Him and because they
[habitually] used to lie.} [Quran

Allah Knows best.


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