Praise be to Allaah.
We appreciate your concern for the Muslims' affairs and your
eagerness to find out about their situation and help them. This indicates
that Allaah has blessed you and your friend with faith and sincere
brotherhood. We ask Allaah to bless you both and help you to obey and please
Him. The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “The
likeness of the believers in their mutual love, mercy and compassion is that
of the body; when one part of it is in pain, the rest of the body joins it
in restlessness and fever.”
Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6011) and Muslim (2586).
And he (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “No
one of you truly believes until he loves for his brother what he loves for
himself.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (13) and Muslim (45).
If a person makes a pledge or a vow to do an act of
obedience, then it is obligatory for him to fulfil it, because the Prophet
(blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Whoever vows to do an act
of obedience to Allaah, let him go ahead with it, and whoever vows to
disobey Him, let him not disobey Him.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari (6202).
A pledge to give charity is a kind of vow to do an act of
obedience that must be fulfilled. If you are unable to fulfil it, then it
remains a debt that you owe until you are able to do it, and the fact that
you are travelling does not change that.
The scholars of the Standing Committee for Issuing Fatwas
were asked: I made a vow that if I got a job I would give 600 riyals to
sponsor an orphan on behalf of my father and mother every month. After that,
I sponsored one orphan for a year and a half, at a cost of 2400 per year,
then I stopped because of my financial situation. Now, after I stopped, I
was determined to sponsor an orphan again on the basis of the accumulated
amount and I found it is 25,000 riyals.
My question is: What do I have to do?
They replied: You have to fulfil your vow, because it was a
vow to do an act of obedience and the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah
be upon him) said: “Whoever makes a vow to obey Allaah, let him go ahead
with it.” And you have to make up that amount for the months during which
you did not pay anything, because it became a duty on you as a result of the
vow. May Allaah accept it from you and compensate you with that which is
greater and more beneficial. Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“and whatsoever you spend of anything (in Allaah’s
Cause), He will replace it. And He is the Best of providers” [Saba’ 34:39].
We advise you not to make vows in the future, because the
Prophet (blessings and peace of Allaah be upon him) said: “Do not make vows,
for vows do not change qadar (the divine decree) in the slightest, but they
make the stingy person give something up.” Saheeh – agreed upon. End quote
from Fataawa al-Lajnah al-Daa’imah, 23/342.
We ask Allaah to guide and help you both.
And Allaah knows best.