Salam. I wanted to ask that i promised Allah that i wont watch porn and since then i have not watched it but there was a video where the person wasnt completely naked but there were sexual acts and i watched it so did i break my promise? I promised Allah about porn but in that video , they were covered so is that considered porn? At that time i did not even imagine that this can be considered as porn because they were covered but when i searched on google they said that if there is sexual act in a video , it is porn. So what shall i do did i break my promise ? I did not do it on purpose. I didnt know that it was considered as porn.
"Pornography" (or "porn") usually refers to representations designed to arouse and give sexual pleasure to those who read, see, hear, or handle them.
I don’t know if you’re male or female, however, consider the following:
- Was there a specific reason you watched this video?
- What was your intention?
- We’re you aroused upon watching the video?
- Was the video meant to arouse you?
By definition, if there were sexual acts and you did get aroused, yes, you did watch pornography. However, even if you didn’t necessarily masturbate towards the video, you’re still sinful of watching someone of the opposite gender doing something haram.
“Tell the believing men that they must lower their gazes and guard their private parts; it is more decent for them. Surely Allah is All-Aware of what they do.” —Quran 24:30
My best advice would be to repent, show remorse to Allah (swt) over the haram you watched. Even if you didn’t get aroused, but your eyes stared at the opposite gender, you should repent. When Allah sees that you’re remorseful over the sin that you have committed, He will forgive you. Disregard the fact that you made a promise to Allah, He won’t stop forgiving you even if you broke hundreds of promises made to Allah. You’re human! We all sin otherwise we wouldn’t be humans. Allah knows that you won’t keep a promise refraining from sin, but if He sees how you’re trying to put in measures to refrain from committing that sin again, but you still fall here and there, He’ll know you are trying. He won’t hold that grudge towards you over the promise you broke. Remorse and regret are key emotions after sinning that still show you have faith. It shows Allah that you feel horrible over what you have committed rather than being negligent and careless at all. Don’t let this turn you away from Allah. Do your best to change your ways to prevent yourself from ever going back to that sin. Find your triggers and learn to tackle them. And don’t make promises to Allah unless it’s over something you’ll know you’ll be able to keep!
I pray Allah guides us all to be the best versions of ourselves Ameen.
In any promise we make there is the possibility that we cannot hold it. God knows that. Giving a promise before God is the ultimate means to strengthen our will to fulfill it. It can happen - as in your case - that it happens against our will. It can happen that we have to brake it to avoid greater evil (what is unlikely in your case) or that we fail because our will is not strong enough.
Your intention and circumstances will decide over due repentance.
But even in the last case, the promise doesn't become invalid. So continue keeping your promise as you can.
God is merciful.