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