Beware of swearing too much
Fatwa No: 90924

  • Fatwa Date:22-12-2005 - Thul-Qi'dah 22, 1426
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Question

My question is that I have some friends who always swear for Allaah in everything they are saying means Uksambillaah, Kasambillaah, Walahil-Azeem and Uksambillahil-Azeem, I just wanted to know that is it a bad habit or is it ok to swear for Allaah in each and everything they are saying please let me know so that I could advice them thanks and God bless you all.

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

 

The Prophet  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) used to swear in order to emphasize important matters, for instance he said: "I swear by The One in Whose Hands my soul is…", the scholars  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  them concluded from this Hadeeth that swearing is permissible without asking [or obliging] someone to swear by Allaah. However, one should not swear too much, especially if the person who swears is not sure to fulfil his oath. Allaah Says (what means): {But guard your oaths.}[Quran 5:89] Furthermore, Allaah blamed those who swear too much as He Says (what means): {And do not obey every worthless habitual swearer.}[Quran 68:10]

Therefore, swearing too much is a reason which could lead a person not to expiate for an oath he failed to fulfil. What is even worse than this, is to swear by Allaah on a lie, and this is what is called a Ghamoos oath, which is an oath that plunges one into Hellfire, and it is one of the great major sins.

So a Muslim should advise whoever swears too much, as the essence of religion is advice.

Allaah Knows best.

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