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34. Vow (Nadhr) and Covenant (ʿAhd)

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  • Ruling 2677

    If a person vows to visit [i.e. go for ziyārah to] the burial place of a specific Imam (ʿA), such as His Eminence Abā ʿAbdillāh [Imam al-Ḥusayn] (ʿA), in the event that he goes for ziyārah of another Imam …

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  • Ruling 2678

    If a person vows to go for ziyārah but does not vow to perform the ritual bathing (ghusl) for ziyārah nor to perform the prayer for ziyārah, it is not necessary for him to perform them.

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  • Ruling 2679

    If a person vows to give something to the shrine (ḥaram) of one of the Imams (ʿA) or one of the children of the Imams (ʿA) but does not have a specific intention in mind as to how …

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  • Ruling 2680

    If a person vows to give something in the name of the Messenger of Allah (Ṣ), or one of the Imams (ʿA), or one of the children of the Imams (ʿA), or one of the previous scholars, etc., …

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  • Ruling 2681

    If a person vows to give a sheep to the poor as alms, or to give it in the name of one of the Imams (ʿA), then in the event that it gives milk or gives birth before …

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  • Ruling 2682

    If a person vows that if a sick person gets better or a traveller returns [safely from his journey] he will do some act, then in the event that it becomes known that before he made the vow …

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  • Ruling 2683

    If a father or mother vows to marry his/her daughter to a sayyid7 or to someone else, their vow with respect to their daughter is not valid and it does not place any responsibility (taklīf ) on her. …

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  • Ruling 2684

    If a person makes a covenant with Allah that he will do some act if a particular legitimate need of his is fulfilled, then once his need is fulfilled, he must do the act. Also, if he makes …

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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 …

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  • Ruling 2686

    If a person does not fulfil his covenant, he will have committed a sin and must give kaffārah. The kaffārah is either feeding sixty poor people, or fasting two consecutive months, or freeing a slave.

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