A DISHONEST tradition!
1st April – a day when people lie, play jokes and mock in the name of entertainment.
This ugly practice of lying and deceiving, which is considered to be merely a humor, is known to have caused great harm to many…!
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!
Much is said about the origin of this practice, however what concerns the most to the Muslims is that it is a tradition which directly CONTRADICTS the teachings and morals of Islam.
True belief in Allah and the Day of Judgment implies that the person is truthful in his speech – if he truly believes that Allah Hears and Sees everything he does, and a Day will come when he will be held accountable for his actions, then he will not lie…
April Fools’ Day pranks sometimes involve frightening, upsetting and terrifying others with false news or tricks. Such acts inflict needless disturbance, worry and anxiety – and might also lead to trauma and distress.
Frightening and Terrifying Jokes are insensitive! …and Islam forbids such irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior!
Abd al-Rahman Ibn Abi Laylaa narrates an incident when the Sahabah were traveling with the Prophet. A few Sahabah took away the arrows of someone, who had fallen asleep.
When the man woke up, he was troubled and alarmed (because his arrows were missing).The people laughed.
“What are you laughing at?” the Prophet inquired.
“Nothing, except that we took away the arrows, and he got alarmed.” replied the Sahabah.
“It is NOT permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim.” the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) stated plainly.
- See, Abu Dawood (5004), and Musnad Ahmad. Authenticated by Shaikh al-Albanee in Saheeh al-Jamee (7658)
Lying: Don’t take it light!
April Fools’ Day lightens the severity of lying because one may not consider untruthfulness whilst joking as a lie – and the seriousness of sins that are thought as insignificant, is realized from the following hadeeth of Allah’s Messenger (salallahu alaihe wasallam),
“Shaytan has despaired of ever being worshiped in this land of yours, but he will be obeyed in matters that you think of as insignificant, and he will be content with that.” -Sunan Tirmidhee (1753)
“The Shaytan will be content with that“, because even minor sins can have devastating effect on one’s Hereafter.
Allah’s Messenger warned us concerning minor sins by giving an example of how a great fire can be kindled by means of small wooden sticks collected in a place.
Similarly, minor sins if allowed to accumulate, might destroy the sinner. He (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said, “Beware of the insignificant sins, like a people who stayed (abode) in a valley, then this one brought a stick, that one brought a stick, and others brought sticks too, until they cooked their bread (meal). Verily, the person who commits these (minor) sins will be seized by these sins and be destroyed.” [Musnad Ahmad]
Furthermore, lying is from the characteristics of hypocrisy. Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn Amr al-Aas (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet said: ”…whoever has one of these four characteristics will have one characteristic of hypocrisy unless and until he gives it up;
• whenever he is entrusted he BETRAYS,
• whenever he speaks he tells LIES,
• whenever he makes a covenant he proves TREACHEROUS,
• and whenever he quarrels he behaves in a very IMPRUDENT, evil and insulting manner.”
- Saheeh al-Bukharee
Can there be humor without lying?!
Islam is a truthful religion, and it calls for truthfulness, – and the one, through whom, this great religion has reached us, is the utmost truthful person of this dunya.
The people of Makkah – before his Prophet-hood – recognized his remarkable personality, and addressed him with the title, ‘as-Sadiq al-Ameen’ (the truthful and the trust-worthy), and truthfulness was so much part of him that he did not allow himself to lie even in joke!
Once the Sahabah remarked, “You are joking with us (O Messenger of Allah)!”
The Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) stated, “But I never say anything but the truth.” (Saheeh al-Bukharee)
and we have several incidents, where we see the Prophet jesting with his companions with truthful words – like when a man came to the Prophet to ask him for a beast to ride;
“I will give you the offspring of a she-camel to ride.” said the Prophet lightheartedly.
“O Messenger of Allah, what will I do with the offspring of a she-camel?” the man observed.
“Are riding camels born except from she-camels?” replied the Prophet replied. (at-Tirmidhee)
…in these pleasant episodes, Allah’s Messenger has confirmed and ascertained that there can be humor, and one can enjoy lightheartedness without resorting to the repulsive sin of lying.