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Fulfilling Promises



by Dr. Adel Elsaie




Allah's Promise will surely be fulfilled



In developing this website, I needed help, since I am working alone in building Usislam.org. When I started working on Islamic Youth Awakening, I needed help in making videos for this section. So I called “born Muslims” to take on this part. To me this work is Sadaqah Jariah (continuing Charity). I got some excited “born Muslims” to do this job, only to disappear later and they gave me their answer “Sorry I am very busy now”.

Then I called Brother David McClung, who is a convert Muslim, with more than 26 years working on Dawah to Christians. He is Electrical/Mechanical Engineer. Since I know Brother David, he impressed me as a strong Muslim believer, and very active in Dawah especially in inviting high school Christians to mosques during the Friday Prayer, and being active during Mosque open house to Christians.

Brother David and his wife started right away devoting Saturday morning to making the Islamic Youth Awakening videos. May Allah SWT reward Brother David and his wife with AlFerdous Alaa. This has been my general experience with “born Muslims” and “convert Muslims”. “Born Muslims” are a lot of talk and not actions

The fulfillment of promise is a virtue, which Islam recommends. The breaking of promise is a vice, which it prohibits.

Allah the Most High said: “O you who believe, why you say that which you do not do? It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that which you do not do.”

The Holy Prophet Muhammad (S) said: “He who believes in Allah and the Day of Judgment must fulfill his promises.”

He (S) also said: “He who has these three things should he counted a hypocrite, even if he performs the daily prayers, observes fasting and thinks that he is a Muslim: breach of trust, lying and breach of promise.”

He (S) also said: “Anyone who does not wrong people in his behaviour towards them, does not lie in his talks with them, and does not break his promises to them; he is among those whose manliness is complete, whose justice is manifest, whose brotherhood is indispensable, and whose backbiting is forbidden.”

Imam Ali (a.s.) the Commander of the Faithful said: “Breach of promise brings the hatred of Allah and of people. Allah says:′It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that which you do not do.′ The Quran 61:3”

Imam Ja′far al-Sadiq (a.s.) said: “A promise which a believer makes to his brother is a vow that has no expiation; so he who fails to fulfill it, his failure will he counted against Allah and he will he exposed to His hatred. Allah says: ′O you who believe, why do you say that which you do not do? It is most hateful to Allah that you should say that which you do not do.′ Quran 61:2-3”

He (a.s.) also said: “A believer is a brother to his believing fellow, an eye and a guide for him. He never betrays wrongs or tricks him, nor does he make to him a promise which he breaks.”