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Ruling 2685

As with a vow, a formula must be said in a covenant. For example, a person says, ‘I make a covenant with Allah to do such and such act.’ It is not necessary that the act the person covenants to do be legally better; rather, it is sufficient that it is not something that has been legally prohibited and would be preferred in the opinion of rational people, or it is in the person’s interest that it be done. And if after the covenant is made the act is no longer in the person’s interest or it is no longer legally preferred, even though it may not have become disapproved, then it is not necessary to fulfil the covenant.