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Monday 19 February 2024

6 Things a Muslim Should not Joke About

Funny people tend to have a lot of friends and are acceptable in most place they may find themselves. Due to their funny utterance of words that people around them find fascinating and humorous.

Before any Muslim try to crack jokes should first know what Islam according to the Qur’an and Sunnah says about being funny and joking.

Ruling on being funny or joking in Islam?

There is nothing wrong or haram in joking in Islam. Even The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to joke and laugh at jokes.

Below are few authentic narrations by the companions that back the Prophet (peace be upon him) humorous behaviors.

“…I saw the Messenger of Allah laugh till his front teeth were visible...” (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0359)

Another Hadith reported by Abu Hurairah  also acknowledge that the prophet joke when he “O Prophet Muhammad, yet, you also joke with us!” He replied: “Yes, I do. But I only tell the truth.” (at-Tirmidhi)

So, what did Allah and His Messenger (peace be upon him) forbid Muslims not to joke about?

Below are 6 things a Muslim should not crack jokes about:

1. Making Fun Of Allah, Islam, And His Messengers

Allah is the creator of all things, Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his final messenger, and Islam is His only acceptable religion. For a Muslim who testifies in the oneness of Allah and his messenger should not crack funny jokes about Allah, Islam, and His Messengers [e.g. Muhammad, Issa (Jesus), Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses), and so on].

Never poke fun at Jesus (peace be upon him) because most Christians worship him, or Moses (peace be upon him) whom the Jews follow. 

Be mindful of what comes out of your mouth. Do not get carried away forgetting the fact that there are barriers you should not cross regarding making jokes.

“If you ask them (about this), they declare: ‘We were only talking idly and joking.’ Say: ‘Was it at Allah, and His Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelation, etc.) and His Messenger that you were mocking?’ Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed” (al-Tawbah 9:65-66)

Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Making fun of Allah, His signs and His Messenger is kufr (disbelieves thereby after he had believed.”

2. Lying To Make People Laugh

The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) has prohibited Muslims not to lie in order to make people laugh. The Prophet (peace be upon him) cursed anyone who engages in this act three times.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said, “Woe to the one who speaks and tells a lie in order to make people laugh at it. Woe to him. Then again, woe to him.” (Abu Dawud)

3. Scaring People

Many people are fond of scaring people all in the name of joking and to make people laugh. A Muslim should not do that, most especially using of a dangerous weapon or object to scare people, because it can either mistakenly hurt them or cause them to shock in which can lead to sudden death to those who are hypertensive.

It was narrated by Abu Layla said: “The companions of Muhammad (peace be upon him) said that they were traveling with the Prophet (peace be upon him), and a man among them fell asleep. Some of them got a rope and tied him up, and he got scared. The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) said: “it is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood)

4. Excessive And Persistent Joke

An excessive joke can bring about provocation if it is persistent and might leads to saying something that the other person classify as unacceptable.

Also, excessive jokes make people place you as an unserious person, taking most of your words and actions for granted.

Allah’s Apostle (peace be upon him) said: “Do not laugh too much, for laughing too much deadens the heart.” (Sahih al-Jaami’, 7312)

5. Backbiting

Backbiting means to make spiteful slanderous or defamatory statements about someone whether it is true or not.

Nowadays, people joke about their brothers and sisters behind their back not caring whether they are pleased with it or not.  A Muslim should not speak ill of someone either in their presence or absence all in the name of catching fun.

Allah made mentioned in the Qur’an about the gravity of backbiting and asked anyone engaged in this act to seek repentance from Him.

“neither backbite one another. Would one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it (so hate backbiting). And fear Allah. Verily, Allah is the One Who forgives and accepts repentance, Most Merciful” (Quran 49:12)

6. Mocking People

Mocking people is forbidden in Islam and it is one of the characteristics of the hypocrites. Never insult or defame your brothers whether they are up to your standard or not.

Do not laugh at the movement of a physically challenged person, or mock someone base on their tattered appearance in regardless of your differences in status, because Allah does not judge people by their appearance or financial capability.

“O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: it may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: it may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, no call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. 

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