As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 4


Lying in-joke is prohibited

Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) strictly forbade lying at all times, but he (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) specifically reproached the person, who lies to make people laugh, he (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'Woe be on one, who speaks and lies in order to make people laugh, woe be on him.' [Abu Dawood (3/4972)] This Hadeeth shows the gravity of lying in jokes, which has today become a very common behavior. People appreciate and encourage false jokes claiming that it brings joy and amusement. In fact, a specific day has also been designated for this ugly practice- 1st April, a day when people lie, play jokes and mock in the name of entertainment. This deceitful practice of lying, which is considered mere humor, is known to have caused great harm to many - even trauma and deaths. Still, this dishonest tradition is not only practiced among the common masses, but also newspapers and magazines participate in it by publishing false news and untrue stories on the first day of April! However, in the above Hadeeth, the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) forbade lying even if the intention of the person is to amuse people, because one who habitually lies for sake of amusement, loses the fear of lying and he is very likely to later fall into harmful lies.

Islam does not prohibit all humor. It is known through many narrations that Allah's Messenger (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) approved joking, and he (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) would himself play and joke with his companions and small children but he always spoke the truth. Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) was told, 'O Prophet (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam), you are joking with us.' He (sallallahu aliahi wa-sallam) said, 'I only say what is true.' [At-Tirmidhee]

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