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Desirability of Expiating the Oath taken by a Person who afterwards Breaks it for a better Alternative

September 4, 2014
Imam Al-Nawawi’s Riyad-us-Saliheen
Chapter 316
Desirability of Expiating the Oath taken by a Person who afterwards Breaks it
for a better Alternative

1715. `Abdur-Rahman bin Samurah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said to me, “When you take an oath and consider something else to be better than it, make expiation for your oath and choose the better alternative.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1716. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “When you swear an oath and consider something else to be better than it, make expiation for your oath and do the thing that is better.”
[Muslim].

1717. Abu Musa (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Verily, I swear by Allah, if Allah wills, I shall not swear to do something but that if I consider something else to be better than it, then I shall make expiation for my oath and adopt the thing that is better.
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

1718. Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (sallallaahu ’alayhi wa sallam) said, “Persistence in respect of his oath about his family is more sinful with Allah than the payment of its expiation prescribed by Allah.”
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

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