Taking an oath by other than Allaah

Question: The Secondary Postal Institute in Riyadh noticed the following statement: (the Scout Promise): “I promise on my honor to do my best to fulfill my duty towards Allaah, my Country, and the King; to help people at all times, and to obey the Scout Law.” This statement is written in the Scout Handbook, which is issued by the General Secretariat of the Arabian Scouts Association. We have attached a copy of the cover, the introduction, and the page (23) containing the statement mentioned above, in the hope that you will examine them and give us a legal opinion on the validity of this Scout Oath, so that we can either approve or amend it according to the legal ruling. I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude and appreciation for the efforts you exert to serve Islaam. May Allaah guide us all to the straight path!

Answer: Firstly, It is Haraam (prohibited) to swear by other than Allaah, such as swearing by one’s father or chief, or by the honor or glory of someone, or anything similar, for it is authentically reported that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said… read more here.

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