Assalamualaikum and a very good day i bid to one and all. Today I want to talk about joking in Islam.
From Bahz bin Hakim bin Mu`awiyah bin Haydah, who reported from his father, who reported from his grandfather that the Messenger of Allah said,"Woe unto whoever speaks, and lies in order to make the people laugh.Woe unto him, woe unto him."(Reported by Abu Dawud, al-Tirmidhi)
Woe in Malay means celaka. So, the Prophet said three times woe unto who ever lie in order to make others laugh!
From this hadith, it is clearly stated that in Islam, it is wrong for Muslims to make other people laugh by lying. But it doesn't mean that Muslims should be totally serious at all time.
Let me tell you a story.
“A resident of the wilderness whose name was Zaahir (ibn Hiraam Al-Ashja’ee), whenever he visited Rasooluallah sallallahu alaihe wasallam he brought with him presents of the wilderness, vegetables etc., and presented it to Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam.
Zaahir radiyallahu anhu was not very handsome. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam once approached him while he was selling his merchandise. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam caught him in between the arms from the back in such a manner that he (Sayyidina Zaahir radiyallahu anhu) could not see him.
Zaahir radiyallahu anhu said, ‘Who is this?, leave me.’
But when he saw with the corner of his eye that it was Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam, he straightened his back and began pressing it to the chest of Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam (For as long as he gained this opportunity it was better than a thousand gifts).
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam then said, ‘Who will purchase this slave?’
Zaahir radiyallahu anhu replied, ‘O’ Rasool of Allah, if you shall sell me, you will be selling a defective thing, and will earn a very little sum.’
Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam said, ‘No, you are not defective in the sight of Allah, but very valuable.”
This story was reported by Anas ibn Malik radiyallahu anhu.
In conclusion, we as Muslims are strictly prohibited to joke or make others laugh by lying. So, please practise from now on to joke the truth things only. Stop giving excuses because there is so many ways to practise it. It is just rely on you that you want to do it or not.
That's all from me, thank you for listening.
***This text is prepared by me for individual presentation for Understanding Islam subject at Centre for Foundation Studies, Islamic International University Malaysia; 12 August 2011.***
***Please neglect any grammatical mistakes, because I don't check them on this text***