Taking an Oath on Something Other Than God

Taking an oath on anything or anybody other than God is wrong. Such oaths are invalid. Narrated Abdullah Ibn ‘Umar:

“The Messenger of Allah (pbuh) found ‘Umar al-Khattab in a caravan while he was swearing by his father. So he said: Allah forbids you to swear by forefathers. If anyone swears, he must swear by Allah or keep silent.” [1]

Narrated AbuHurayrah:

“The Prophet (pbuh) said: Do not swear by your fathers, or by your mothers, or by rivals to Allah; and swear by Allah only, and swear by Allah only when you are speaking the truth.”[2]


What you need to do is repent sincerely for saying these words, and avoid taking another oath on anything other than God. Since this is not a valid oath, you do not need to expiate for it.

[1] Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 3249 ; In-book reference: Book 22, Hadith 8; English translation: Book 21, Hadith 3243

[2] Reference: Sunan Abi Dawud 3248; In-book reference : Book 22, Hadith 7; English translation: Book 21, Hadith 3242