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Rules of Joking in Islam!!!


Some people joke too much and it becomes a habit for them.

This is the opposite of the serious nature

which is the characteristic of the believers.

Joking is a break, a rest from

ongoing seriousness and striving;

it is a little relaxation for the soul.



‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

“Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.”





Imaam al-Nawawi (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:


“The kind of joking which is forbidden is that

which is excessive and persistent,

for it leads to too much laughter

and hardening of the heart,


it distracts from remembrance of Allaah,

and it often leads to hurt feelings,

generates hatred and causes people

to lose respect and dignity.



But whoever is safe from such dangers,

then that which the Messenger of Allaah

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)

used to do is permissible for him.”



Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas said:

“Set a limit to your jokes,

for going to extremes makes you

lose respect and incites the foolish against you.”




The amount of joking should be like the amount of salt in one’s food.


The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:

“Do not laugh too much,

for laughing too much deadens the heart.”

(Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7312)




‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:

“Whoever laughs too much or

jokes too much loses respect,

and whoever persists in doing

something will be known for it.”



So beware of joking, for it

“causes a person to lose face after

he was thought of as respectable,

and it brings him humiliation after esteem.”

A man said to Sufyaan ibn ‘Uyaynah (may Allaah be pleased with him),


“Joking is not right, it is to be denounced.”



He replied,


“Rather it is Sunnah,

but only for those who know

how to do it and do it at the appropriate time.”



Nowadays, although the ummah needs to increase

the love between its individual members


and to relieve itself of boredom,

it has gone too far with regard to

relaxation, laughter and jokes.


This has become a habit which fills their gatherings

and wastes their time,

so their lives are wasted and

their newspapers are filled

with jokes and trivia.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said:


“If you knew what I know,

you would laugh little and weep much.”






In Fath al-Baari it says:

“What is meant by knowledge here

has to do with the might of Allaah

and His vengeance upon those who disobey Him,

and the terrors that occur at death,

in the grave and on the Day of Resurrection.


Muslim men and women have to be inclined

to choose righteous and serious friends

in their lives, who will help them to make

good use of their time and strive


for the sake of Allaah with

seriousness and steadfastness, good and righteous

people whose example they can follow.


Bilaal ibn Sa’d said:


“I saw them [the Sahaabah] jokingly

pretending to fight over some goods,


and laughing with one another,

but when night came they were like monks.”





Ibn ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) was asked,


“Did the Companions of the Prophet

(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) laugh?


He said,

“Yes, and the faith in their hearts was like mountains.”


So you have to follow the example of such people,

who were knights by day and monks

(i.e., devoted worshippers) by night.



May Allaah keep us, you and our parents

 safe on the Day of the Greatest Terror,

those to whom the call will

go out on that great Day:

“Enter Paradise, no fear shall be on you, nor shall you grieve”

[al-A’raaf 7:49 – interpretation of the meaning]







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