Can you please explain me the seriousness of going back on one’s word?



In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.


The severity of not fulfilling ones promise can be seen in the following Hadiths:

حدثنا سليمان أبو الربيع، قال: حدثنا إسماعيل بن جعفر، قال: حدثنا نافع بن مالك بن أبي عامر أبو سهيل، عن أبيه، عن أبي هريرة، عن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: " آية المنافق ثلاث: إذا حدث كذب، وإذا وعد أخلف، وإذا اؤتمن خان[1]

Translation: The Prophet () said, "The signs of a hypocrite are three:

1. Whenever he speaks, he tells a lie.

2. Whenever he promises, he always breaks it (his promise).

3. If you trust him, he proves to be dishonest. (If you keep something as a trust with him, he will not return it.)"


- وعن عبد الله بن عمرو بن العاص رضي الله عنهما أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال أربع من كن فيه كان منافقا خالصا ومن كان فيه خصلة منهن كانت فيه خصلة النفاق حتى يدعها إذا ائتمن خان وإذا حدث كذب وإذا عاهد غدر وإذا خاصم فجر[2]

رواه البخاري ومسلم وأبو داود والترمذي والنسائي


Translation: The Prophet () said, "Whoever has (the following) four characters will be a hypocrite, and whoever has one of the following four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy until he gives it up.


These are: (1) Whenever he talks, he tells a lie; (2) whenever he makes a promise, he breaks it; (3) whenever he makes a covenant he proves treacherous; (4) and whenever he quarrels, he behaves impudently in an evil insulting manner."




And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best


Saleem Ibn Sajawal Khan

Bradford, UK

Student Darul Iftaa

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

[1]   [Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith: 2682]


    [Sahih Muslim Hadith: 59]


[2] [Sahih Al Bukhari Hadith: 2459]


   [Sahih Muslim Hadith: 58]




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