Undoubtedly keeping promises and keeping one’s word are attributes of a believer, and breaking promises is one of the attributes of a hypocrite. The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) is reported to have said: “There are four (characteristics), whoever has them is a hypocrite, and whoever has one of the four has a characteristic of hypocrisy unless he gives it up: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise he breaks it; what he makes a pledge he betrays it; and when he disputes he resorts to foul language.” (Reported by al-Bukhari and Muslim)
But are there any reasons that breaking a promise become permissible according to Islam?
Sheikh M. S. Al-Munajjid, a prominent Saudi Muslim lecturer and author, states the following about some situations that may become permissible for a Muslim to breaking his/her promise:
Why is Palestine so special for Muslims around the world? Some of us may be asked like that.
Why is Palestine so special so Muslim around the world condemns the military aggression that done by Israel and Muslims giving a big support to the Palestinian people in Gaza?
It's an obligation for every Muslim to give each other advice (naseehah). This is because every Muslim is a brother and it would be his brother who had to reminded him/her if him/her do wrong or sin.
How many of us have looked to our brothers and sisters in Islam and have seen them straying from the path of Allah, and have turned our faces away? How many of us have seen our brothers erring and said to ourselves, it is none of my business? Well, it is our business for the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) has made it our business. In the hadith related by Tamim ad-Dari, the Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) said, "The religion is naseehah." The people asked, "To whom?" The Prophet (sallAllahu 'alaihi wa sallam) replied, "To Allah and to His Book and to His Messenger and to the leaders of the Muslims and the common folk." [Collected by Bukhari, Muslim]
1. Dress up for your wife, look clean and smell good for her. When was the last time us men went shopping for designer pajamas? Just like the husband wants his wife to look nice for him, she also wants her husband to dress up for her too. Remember that Prophet Muhammad - sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam - would always start with Miswak when returning home and always loved the sweetest smells.
How do Muslims treat the elderly?