Difference Between A Promise And A Vow


Is the word promise regarded as a vow? Example – I promise that I will do… Is this a vow?


A promise is simply a statement made by someone that he will do something in the future. There is no expiation due for breaking it, although it is sinful to make a promise with the intention of breaking it.

And a vow in Shari’ah is when a person makes obligatory upon him an act of worship which was not obligatory upon him. Thus there is a difference between a vow and a promise.

Checked and Approved By:

Mufti Muhammed Saeed Motara Saheb D.B.


والوعد في الاصطلاح : الإ خبار بإيصال الخير في المستقبل
والنذر اصطلاحا : إلزام مكلف مختار نفسه لله تعالى بالقول شيئا غير لازم عليه بأصل الشرع
(الموسوعة الفقهية الكويتية)  

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