Vows: An exclusive Right of Allaah

Question: I would like to ask about making vows to other than Allaah the Exalted. Some claim that vows can be made only to Allaah, while to any other being they are considered Kufr (disbelief) and Shirk (associating others with Allaah in His Divinity or worship), because it is a form of worship, when dedicated to other than Allaah it becomes Kufr. Another group claims that making vows to people is a righteous deed which brings reward to those who do so. What is the truth in this regard?

Answer: Making vows is an act of worship which is an exclusive right of Allaah. It is impermissible to dedicate any share of it to other than Him. If a person makes vows to anyone else, they have dedicated a form of worship, which is an exclusive right of Allaah, to other than Him… read more here.

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