Kaffarah for an oath

Q 1: I made an offer of marriage to one of my colleagues. Her father turned the offer down saying that she was already engaged, which was not true. I went to her holding a Mus-haf (copy of the Qur'an) in my right hand. I swore by Allah (Exalted be He) and the Qur'an never to marry a woman unless she married another person or told me that she did not want to marry me. I tried many times to convince her father but to no avail. Now as I want to marry another woman, what is the ruling on the oath I swore and what should I do? Please guide me; may Allah reward you with the best!

A: You can offer Kaffarah (expiation) for breaking your oath; and then you are allowed to marry any righteous woman you choose. The Kaffarah involves feeding ten Miskins (needy persons); each Miskin (Part No. 23; Page No. 161) is to be given one and half kilograms of staple food. If feeding is unaffordable, you must provide them with clothing, giving each Miskin a Qamis (long shirt) or an Izar (garment worn below the waist) and a Rida' (garment worn around the upper part of the body). If this is unaffordable, you must emancipate a believing slave. If this is also unaffordable, you must observe Sawm (Fast) for three days.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.