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Asalumu Alaikum

 

What is it with british somalians/arabs and the word Wallahi? They seem to be obsessed with it saying it every sentence. For example I'm in the chicken shop, somalian bro says to his friend "wallahi im gettin the chicken burger!"

 

Isn't it wrong to use it out of context or excessive use of it?

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Asalumu Alaikum

 

What is it with british somalians/arabs and the word Wallahi? They seem to be obsessed with it saying it every sentence. For example I'm in the chicken shop, somalian bro says to his friend "wallahi im gettin the chicken burger!"

 

Is it wrong to use it out of contet or excessive use of it?

 

haha yea Ive noticed that also!

 

What does the word 'Wallahi' actually mean in english though!?

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WAllahi means "I swear by Allah".

 

It is overused by many muslims and thats not good because its a serious thing.

 

What if the somali bro went into the shop and found they were out of chicken burgers? Then what would he do? He swore by Allah that he would do something and then possibly couldnt do it. Swearing by Allah isnt something that should be used lightly.

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Heres a fatwa from Islamqa on saying wAllahi.

 

Question #36734: He has the habit of swearing by Allaah whether he is telling the truth or not. How can he expiate for these oaths?

 

Question :

 

 

Unfortunately since I was small I have had the habit of swearing by Allaah whether I am telling the truth or not. I have tried to give up this bad habit and I believe that I am now following the right path. My question is: what is the ruling on the oaths I have sworn in the past? What should I do so that Allaah will forgive me? Should I offer expiation for each oath? But the problem is that I cannot know how many oaths I swore. Please advise me, may Allaah reward you with good.

 

Answer :

 

Praise be to Allaah.

 

Oaths are of three types:

 

1 – A binding oath. This is an oath which a person means and is sure about, referring to something in the future which he resolves to do or not do. The ruling on this is that expiation is obligatory if the oath is broken. Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: “Whoever swears to do something and he does not do it, or he swears not to do something and he does it, must offer expiation.” There is no difference of opinion concerning this matter among the fuqaha’. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: The vow for which expiation is due, according to the consensus of the Muslims, is that concerning actions in the future. Al-Mughni, 9/390.

 

2 – Unintentional oaths. This refers to swearing when there was no intention of making an oath. No expiation is due on such oaths, because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

 

“Allaah will not call you to account for that which is unintentional in your oaths, but He will call you to account for that which your hearts have earned. And Allaah is Oft-Forgiving, Most-Forbearing”

 

[al-Baqarah 2:225]

 

‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: This verse, ‘Allaah will not call you to account for that which is unintentional in your oaths’, was revealed concerning saying, “No, by Allaah’ and “Yes, by Allaah.” Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 4613.

 

Whoever swears to something thinking that it is as he has sworn it to be, then finds out that it is otherwise, does not have to offer expiation according to the majority of scholars. This comes under the heading of unintentional oaths.

 

Ibn Qudaamah (may Allaah have mercy on him) said: Whoever swears to something thinking that it is as he has sworn it to be, when that is not the case, does not have to offer expiation, because this is a kind of unintentional oath. Most of the scholars are of the view that no expiation is required for this kind of oath. Ibn al-Mundhir said: This was narrated from Ibn ‘Abbaas, Abu Hurayrah, Abu Maalik, Zuraarah ibn Awfa, al-Hasan, al-Nakha’i, Maalik, Abu Haneefah and al-Thawri.

 

Those who said that this is an unintentional oath were: Mujaahid, Sulaymaan ibn Yasaar, al-Awzaa’i, al-Thawri and Abu Haneefah and his companions.

 

Most of the scholars are of the view that no expiation is required for an unintentional oath. Ibn ‘Abd al-Barr said: the Muslims are unanimously agreed on that.

 

That is because Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Allaah will not call you to account for that which is unintentional in your oaths” [al-Baqarah 2:225]. This comes under that heading, because he did not intend to give a wrong impression, so it is as if he broke the oath by mistake.

 

From al-Mughni, 9/393

 

3 – Swearing falsely concerning something that is in the past. This is a major sin, and there is no expiation for it according to the majority of scholars because it is too serious to be expiated.

 

If this is understood, then the oaths that you swore were binding oaths that you broke, so you have to offer expiation.

 

If you have forgotten how many oaths there were, then do your best to remember and offer expiation based on what you think is most likely to be the case, then you will have absolved yourself.

 

Whatever of these oaths had to do with doing a certain action, or refraining from a certain action, only one expiation is required in each case. For example, if you swore that you would not speak to So and so, then you broke that oath and did not offer expiation, then you swore again not to speak to him, and you broke the oath again, you only have to offer expiation once. This is different from the case if you had sworn not to speak to him, then you swore not to eat his food, for example. In that case you would have to offer expiation twice. We have already discussed this in detail in the answer to question no. 34730.

 

And Allaah knows best.

 

To sum up: With regard to the oaths that you swore to do something or not to do something in the future, and you broke them, you have to offer expiation for them.

With regard to oaths that you swore falsely saying that you did something in the past or did not do it, and you were lying, there is no expiation to be offered, but you have to repent to Allaah, and Allaah accepts the repentance of those who repent. May Allaah help you and forgive your sin.

 

 

 

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Asslamu Alaikum

 

It means I swear by Allah

 

Oh ok I thought it meant something else... ok

 

I thought we shouldn't swear by anyone even Allah (swt)?

 

Is this just an Arab word Islamically or culturally?

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I have many friends who sometimes lie to me and say WAllahi. Then whenever they are saying the true (and saying wAllahi) I cant even believe them astagfur'Allah.

 

My siblings and I used to say WAllahi (although we were always telling the truth when we said it) and our parents told us not to say it when its not necessary, because you can get into the habit of it and say it when something isnt true.

 

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Oh ok I thought it meant something else... ok

 

I thought we shouldn't swear by anyone even Allah (swt)?

 

Is this just an Arab word Islamically or culturally?

 

Asalmu alaikum

 

I think its a cultural thing, they've turned it into a slang word. Its not just somalians, british pakis do it too with the words Kasam (I swear) and Quran di kasam (I swear on the Quran).

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Again culture stands in the way :D

May Allah guide all those who are stuck in their cultural traditions and bring them to the true path through the Quraan and Sunnah of Muhammad (swt). Ameen.

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Assalamu Alaikum, JazaakAllahu Khairan Mujahada for the detailed info. It is indeed a very bad habit to go Khasamsay or Wallahi, or I swear for everything, and it is very common in all languages. People seem to see it as something to lean on.

 

The outcome of throwing around Wallahi so casually in the conversation is that, when the same people really swear by something, it is not taken seriously. It's like the story of the "Boy who screamed fox".

 

May Allah protect us from bad habits. Assalamu Alaikum.

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I thought we shouldn't swear by anyone even Allah (swt)?

 

We aren't allowed to swear by anyone BUT Allah. But as is mentioned, it's wrong to use 'WAllah' when it is unneccessary.

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Too true...I've noticed people used Wallah too easily. Its just like any other word for some. :D

 

Jazakallah khair sis Muja. :D

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We aren't allowed to swear by anyone BUT Allah.

 

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Are you sure about that? Because in the Quran there are many many examples of other things being sworn on.... e.g.

 

ya sin, wal quranil hakeem (36)

Waalssama-i waalttariqi (86:1)

Waalkitabi almubeeni (43:2)

Waalfajri, Walayalin AAashrin, WaalshshafAAi waalwatri (89)

WaalnnaziAAati gharqan, Waalnnashitati nashtan, Waalssabihati sabhan (79) etc etc

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Whats funny is they don't dont even use it in the right context anymore. Another convo:

 

A: Walahi I saw abdul with a girl the other day

B: Walahi?! (you serious?!)

A :Walahi bro! (yea bro!)

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Assalamu alaikum, I think it has been establised that we should not swear without dire need, so I hope the moderators close the thread, before it continues and moves into another direction. Assalamu alaikum, umAhmad.

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Are you sure about that? Because in the Quran there are many many examples of other things being sworn on.... e.g. (79) etc etc

 

Only Allah Subhaanahu Wa Ta'aala can swear by anything, like his His creations. But we can only swear by Him. : )

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I told off one of my mates afew weeks ago when he said to me "Bro, Wallahi, i smoked pot for 2 weeks straight!" :D

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