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Islamic Ruling On April Fools Day

Islamic Ruling On April Fools Day

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Published by: Abdul Kareem Ibn Ozzie on Apr 01, 2011
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 April Fools Day is a day when people play practical jokes on eachother to have fun however these jokes are often or always based onlies. In Islam this day is haram for Muslims to be involved in has thisday justifies lying and belittles the punishment for the liar.
  Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq 
said: “Beware of lying, for it has nothing todo with faith.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 5/235, 236)
Ibn al-Qayyim
said: “The lying tongue is like some faculty that isno longer working, indeed it is even worse than that, for the most evilthing a man may possess is a lying tongue.” A’laam al-Muwaqqi’een, 1/95The origin of April Fools Day is not known for certain. Somehistorians said that it developed from the celebrations of spring at theequinox on March 21.Others said that this innovation appeared in France in 1564 CE, afterthe introduction of a new calendar, when a person who had refused toaccept the new calendar became the victim of some people who hadsubjected him to embarrassment and made fun of him, so he becamea laughing-stock for others.On the other hand some other historians claim that this innovationgoes back to ancient times and the pagan celebrations connected to aspecific date at the beginning of spring, so this is the remnant of pagan rituals. It was said that hunting in some countries wasunsuccessful during the first days of the hunt in some countries. This was the origin of these lies which are made up on the first day of  April.Regardless of the origin of April Fools Day it is about telling lies in jest (in a joking manner just have fun). However telling lies in jest isharaam as it contradicts the guidance of the prophet Mohammed, the
prophet Mohammed joked but they never involved lies. Lying isharaam whether the one who does it is joking or is serious.
 It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Prophet (peaceand blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘I joke, but I speak nothing but the truth.’Narrated by al-Tabaraaniin al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, 12/391, classed as hasan by al- Haythami in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 8/89, and classed assaheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami, 2494. It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: “They said, ‘O Messenger of Allaah, you joke with us.’ He said, ‘But I onlyspeak the truth.’” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1990, he said:this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth. It was narrated that Mu’aawiyah ibn Haydah said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be uponhim) say: ‘Woe to the one who talks to make the peoplelaugh and tells lies, woe to him, woe to him.’” Narrated by Abu Dawood 4990 and Tirmidhi 235. He said: this is ahasan hadeeth. Also
From the above hadeeths it is clear telling jokes are halaal but whenthey involve lies like they often do on April Fools Day then these socalled jokes or pranks become haram. Therefore the one who tells jokes or plays a practical joke on a Muslim or a kaafir on April FoolsDay or any other day has contradict the guidance of the prophet.
The prophet said, “…the best of guidance is the guidance of  Muhammad...” Reported by, Muslim and al-Nasaai.The Prophet said, ".... I have left you upon clear guidance. Its night is like its day. No one deviates, from it after meexcept that he is destroyed." Reported by, Ahmad, Ibn

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