Oaths Related to Clothing and Other Matters


Bahishti Zewar, Fiqh, Part 3-Fasting, Zakaat, Qurbani, Hajj etc. / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

1. A person took an oath that he will not lie down on
this mat. Thereafter he spread a sheet onto this mat and lied down. His oath
will break. And if he placed some other mat or carpet onto the first mat and
then lied down, his oath will not break.

2. A person took an oath that he will not sit on the
ground. Thereafter, he laid a mat, carpet, straw mat, a cloth, etc. on the
ground and then sat onto it. His oath will not break. But if he spread a part of
the clothing that he is wearing, or if a woman spread a part of her head
covering while she is wearing it, and then sat down; the oath will break. If the
clothing or head covering was removed completely from one=s body, placed onto the ground and then the
person sat down, the oath will not break.

3. A person took an oath that he will not sit on this
bed or couch. Thereafter, he laid a mat or a piece of carpet onto that bed or
couch. His oath will break. But if another bed or another couch is placed onto the first bed or couch, his oath will not break by
sitting on the top bed or couch.

4. A person took an oath that he will never bathe a
certain person or child. However, on the death of that person or child, he gave
ghusl to him. His oath will break.

5. The husband took an oath that he will never beat his
wife. Thereafter, he pulled her hair, throttled her or bit her out of anger. His
oath will break. But if he bit her out of love, his oath will not
break.

6. A person took an oath that he will definitely beat a
certain person. But that person had passed away prior to this person’s oath. If
this person did not know that he had already passed away and had therefore taken
this oath, his oath will not break. But if he took this oath knowing fully that
the person had already passed away, his oath will break the moment he takes
it.

7. A person took an oath of doing something. By doing
that thing even once in his entire lifetime he will absolve himself from his
oath. For example, a person takes an oath that he will definitely eat a
pomegranate. By his eating it just once in his lifetime, he will absolve himself
from his oath. And if he takes an oath of not doing something, he will have to
abstain from doing it for the rest of his life. For example, he says that he
will never eat a pomegranate. He will have to abstain from eating it forever. If
he eats it at any time, his oath will break. However, if he had taken such an
oath with regard to a particular pomegranate or any other particular fruit, his
oath will only break if he eats those which he had specified. If he buys some
other pomegranates or any other fruit and eats them, his oath will not
break.

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