Buying things while being responsible for Kaffarahs of Oath

03 Aug 2021 Ref-No#: 3192

I am from the Hanafi Madhab.
I have multiple oaths broken for which I have to pay Kaffarah. I know it is sinful not to pay immediately (

It is haram to buy halal things with the money? Does it make the halal things haram? I am a 19-year-old student and would like to postpone it. As I did not pay it immediately, I would like to pay it another time, where I have more money. 30 Dollars (I think) for one kaffarah is much money for me. Is there another reason for the sin mentioned in the answer?
May Allah forgive you


Wa’alaykum as Salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

If a person violates the oath, then he should first turn to Allāh in repentance for having used His name to initiate an oath which he then violated.

A person should also atone for the sin in any one of the following manners intending to expiate for the sin incurred:

  • Feed ten poor people two average meals for one day (e.g., lunch and supper)
  • Feed ten poor people one average meal per day for two days (i.e., lunch on both days or supper on both days
  • Feed one poor person two average meals a day for ten days (e.g., lunch and supper)
  • Provide 3.18kgs of dates or barley, or its equivalent monetary value to ten poor people, each receiving the stipulated amount
  • Provide 1.59kgs of wheat, or its equivalent monetary value to ten poor people, each receiving the stipulated amount
  • Clothe ten poor people with full garments sufficient enough to cover their bodies in a way that they will not be regarded as ‘naked’ or ‘half naked’. If a woman is from amongst the ten poor people, then she should be given a headscarf or something which will cover her hair as well.

If a person is unable to fulfil any of the aforementioned ways of atonement due to a valid reason, such as financial constraints for example, then he should fast for three consecutive days.

It is also important to note that a person who delays the settlement of Kaffārah, without a valid reason to do so, will be sinful.

However, if a person utilizes his wealth in other avenues besides the settlement of the Kaffārah, it will be permissible, and the items purchased with such wealth will not be declared Ḥarām.


Radd Al-Muḥtār 4/12 Dār Al-Fikr, Kitāb Al-Mabsūṭ 7/140 DKI, Fatḥ Al-Qadīr 5/69 DKI, Al-Fatāwā Al-Sirājiyyah 272 Zam Zam

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