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Importance of a Promise in Islam

Islam teaches that the real rank of humans is, in fact, their eternal rank, which is their rank with God, and their rank in the Hereafter,  we have made it to some. There is no forgiveness of promise until the person whom you have made promises forgives you. One should be careful while making promises. The believers (of Allah) never break or act against his/her promises and keep all oh promises. Allah says:

رَبَّنَا إِنَّكَ جَامِعُ النَّاسِ لِيَوْمٍ لَّا رَيْبَ فِيهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ

“Our Lord! Indeed, You will gather [the] mankind on a Day, (there is) no doubt in it. Indeed, Allah (does) not break the Promise.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:9)

Fulfilling promises is a means of attaining security in this world and preventing bloodshed, and of protecting the rights of people, both Muslims and kaafirs. Keeping promises may seem simple, but it’s one of the many ways to gain the love of Allah. Humans commit sins every now and then, even when we don’t realize it. Allah says:

فَاصْبِرْ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ وَلَا يَسْتَخِفَّنَّكَ الَّذِينَ لَا يُوقِنُونَ

“So be patient. Indeed, (the) Promise (of) Allah (is) true. And (let) not take you in light estimation those who (are) not certain in faith.” (Surah Ar-Rum 30:60)

A promise is a declaration or an assurance that one will do something or that a particular thing will happen. Allah Almighty is the creator of this world. Allah has revealed a Quran for all mankind. Allah exhorts us to exercise patience and be steadfast amidst trial and calamity. Be rest assured that Allah’s promise will definitely come to pass, no matter how long it may take.

Islam teaches that the real rank of humans is, in fact, keeping a promise:

  1. A promise keeps you on track to achieve your life goals
  2. A promise means all things are in Allah’s hands
  3. A promise is one of the attributes of the pious
  4. A promise predictable characters in a society
  5. A promise is a scale throughout the universe
  6. A promise means of expiating good deeds
  7. A promise to rely on Allah in all our affairs
  8. A promise creates a connection with Allah
  9. A promise proving no fear to Allah SWT
  10. A promise must be strong and rely upon
  11. A promise attribute the pleasure of Allah
  12. A promise is aware of Allah’s supervision
  13. A promise promote word to your believing
  14. A promise is a means of attaining security
  15. A promise is a steadfast anchor of the soul
  16. A promise to consult and then take a decision
  17. A promise turn lead to goodness in this world
  18. Committing is one of the biggest sins in Islam
  19. A promise will be questioned at the time of Judgment
  20. Fulfilled promises are great for motivation and success

Allah wants us to reach that level of trust with our fellow Muslims. When we use the term justice it does not mean to only show fairness in a trial of court. Rather it also means to be fair in all walks of life, in keeping promises and fulfilling them, in doing good to fellow Muslims and to following Allah’s commandments. Allah says:

جَنَّاتِ عَدْنٍ الَّتِي وَعَدَ الرَّحْمَٰنُ عِبَادَهُ بِالْغَيْبِ إِنَّهُ كَانَ وَعْدُهُ مَأْتِيًّا

“Gardens (of) Eden, which promised the Most Gracious (to) His slaves in the unseen. Indeed, [it] is His promise sure to come.” (Surah Maryam 19:61)

Allah has decreed for fulfilling promises of great benefits in this world and in the Hereafter, in addition to the obvious benefits of creating a righteous and stable society. Allah says:

رَبَّنَا وَآتِنَا مَا وَعَدتَّنَا عَلَىٰ رُسُلِكَ وَلَا تُخْزِنَا يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ إِنَّكَ لَا تُخْلِفُ الْمِيعَادَ

Our Lord, grant us what You promised us through Your Messengers and (do) not disgrace us (on the) Day (of) [the] Resurrection. Indeed, You (do) not break the promise.” (Surah Al-Imran 3:194)

Because of the difficulty, the believers go through and the patience they show Allah gives them something in their hearts that cannot be described with words. Because the breaking promise is haram in Islam, all Muslims should be careful with their words and not make a promise so easily whenever he wants. Allah says:

وَاذْكُرْ فِي الْكِتَابِ إِسْمَاعِيلَ إِنَّهُ كَانَ صَادِقَ الْوَعْدِ وَكَانَ رَسُولًا نَّبِيًّا

And mention in the Book, Ismail. Indeed, he was true (to his) promise and was a Messenger – a Prophet.” (Surah Maryam 19:54 )

Fulfilling promises is a means of attaining security in this world and preventing bloodshed, and of protecting the rights of people, both Muslims and kaafirs.

Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran:

  • “O you who believe, fulfil the contracts.” (Surah Al-Ma’idah 5:1)
  • “When will this promise (come to pass)? (Say) if ye are truthful.” (Surah An-Naml, 71)
  • “Our Lord! Grant us what Thou didst promise unto us through Thine apostles, and save us from shame on the Day of Judgment: For Thou never breakest Thy promise.” (Surah Al-Imran, 194)
  • “I will make thee an Imam to the Nations.” He pleaded: “And also (Imams) from my offspring!” He answered: “But My Promise is not within the reach of evil-doers.” (Surah Al-Baqara, 124)
  • “Our Lord! Thou art He that will gather mankind Together against a day about which there is no doubt; for Allah never fails in His Promise.” (Surah Al-Imran, 9)
  • “This is a mercy from my Lord: But when the promise of my Lord comes to pass, He will make it into dust, and the Promise of my Lord is true.” (Surah Al-Kahf, 98)
  • “Enjoy yourselves in your homes for three days: (Then will be your ruin): (Behold) there a promise not to be belied!” (Surah Hud, 65)
  • “And take in your hand a green branch (with a hundred twigs) and beat her (your wife) with it (once) and do not break your oath.” (Surah Sād 38:44)
  • “O you who believe! Why do you say what you do not do? It is deeply abhorrent to Allah that you say what you do not do.” (As-Saff 61:2-3)
  • “Such things have been promised to us and to our fathers before! they are nothing but tales of the ancients!” (Surah Al-Muminun, 83)
  • “O, my Lord! surely my son is of my family! and Thy promise is true, and Thou art the justest of Judges!” (Surah Hud, 45)
  • “……Allah has promised forgiveness and a huge reward to those of them who believe and do good deeds.” (Quran 48:29)

The lives of their people will be successful and contented. On the contrary, the people of an area that doesn’t abide by its covenants with others will suffer from a feeling of uncertainty and unrest. They will be victims of perpetual conflict. Allah says:

يَعِدُهُمْ وَيُمَنِّيهِمْ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا

“He promises them and arouses desires in them and not promises them the Shaitaan – except deception.” (Surah An-Nisa` 4:120 )

Every individual or society who respect the agreements made with others will have the respect and confidence of others. Islam is a religion of nature that lays great stress on the fulfilment of promises. All these are to be fulfilled. These are part of promise-keeping and covenant. Allah says:

يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّ وَعْدَ اللَّهِ حَقٌّ فَلَا تَغُرَّنَّكُمُ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا وَلَا يَغُرَّنَّكُم بِاللَّهِ الْغَرُورُ

“O mankind! Indeed, (the) promise (of) Allah (is) true. So (let) not deceive you the life (of) the world, and (let) not deceive you about Allah the Deceiver.” (Surah Fatir 35:5)

Human society cannot function without the institution of promises and assurances of their fulfilment. People make agreements and covenants with one another that goes to make families and clans. There will be agreements between cities that meld them together. A person who keeps a promise or any agreement will be sent to Hell. Keeping a promise means never breaking it at any cost. Allah says:

ثُمَّ صَدَقْنَاهُمُ الْوَعْدَ فَأَنجَيْنَاهُمْ وَمَن نَّشَاءُ وَأَهْلَكْنَا الْمُسْرِفِينَ

“Then We fulfilled (for) them the promise, and We saved them and whom We and We destroyed the transgressors.” (Surah Al-Anbiya` 21:9)

Allah will not forgive us for breaking a promise. Promises will be asked on the Day of Judgment. Every person or group keeps promises and makes agreements at some point in their life that need to be fulfilled and not to be a break. Special importance is given to promise-keeping. Beware of making promises, since it will be questioned in the Hereafter.