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    Humour in Islam


    We are all drawn to people with a good sense of humour. Humour has the power of warming people’s hearts and lifting the spirits like no other human characteristic, and it provides a welcome break amidst the pressures of life.

    Humour and joking are permitted in Islam. We learn this from several ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him. Abu Huraira radi allahu anhu said that the Prophet peace be upon him was told, “O Prophet of Allah, you are joking with us.” He said, “I only say what is true.” (Tirmidhi) Another Hadith relates that the Prophet would nickname Zainab bint Salama by repeatedly calling her ‘O Zuweinab’.

    Other ahadith relate that the Prophet peace be upon him would play and joke with small children. Thus we see that joking is a Sunnah. Sufyan ibn Aiyna was asked, “Is joking prohibited?” He replied, “It is a Sunnah, but the point is that it must be done appropriately.” Many of the scholars agree. Umar said, “I admire a man who is like a child with his family (playful), and once he leaves them, he is more serious.” Thabit ibn Ubaid said, “Zayd ibn Thabit was one of the most humorous men in his home. Outside of his home, he was as serious as any man.” It is also related that Ibn Abbas asked some of his guests to have light and humorous conversation so that they would have a good time and not feel bored. Rabi’a said, “Virtue is made of six parts, three while in town (at the place of your home) and three while on journey. The first three are reciting the Qur’an, frequently being at the mosque, and spreading the way of Allah to other lands. The other three parts while travelling are spending, showing virtuous behaviour and joking in what Allah has permitted.” Ibn Abbas said, “Joking appropriately is permissible. For the Prophet joked but he said what was true.” Al ibn Ahmad Al Faraheedi said, “People would feel imprisoned if they did not joke”

    On the other hand, some of the scholars have prohibited joking and they are supported by some ahadith. It is related that the Prophet said, “Do not be vague with others and do not joke.” (Tirmidhi) Another Hadith states that the Prophet said, “Everything has a beginning and hostility begins with joking.” Ja’far ibn Muhammad said, “Beware of joking for it causes embarrassment.” Ibrahim Al Nakh’I said, “Joking shows foolishness and arrogance.” Imam ibn Abdul Bar said, “Some of the scholars denounced joking for what it causes of offences, spite and malice between people.”

    So how are we to compromise between these two views? Al Hafeth said, “What is prohibited is exaggerated or continuous joking as it distracts from worship of Allah and being serious about religious matters. This often leads to hard-heartedness, envy and loss of respect. Useful joking, which aims to calm people or entertain or relieve them for a short time is permissible.”

    Types of Joking:

    According to ibn Hayan, there are two types of joking. The first is preferred and defined as, “That which Allah has permitted, which commits no sin and does not lead to separation between people.” The second is the negative harmful kind, which is defined as, “Causes hostilities and sadness, and creates disrespect amongst people.” Outlining some of the benefits and harms of joking is beneficial in that it entertains, lifts the spirit and lightens the burdens of life, bringing people closer together. In describing this kind of joking, a man wrote, “Such humour does not hurt or criticize anyone. It leads a person from sadness to happiness, ceases the frown an allows people to relax and be themselves.” Joking defeats its purpose when it separates people, causes hostilities and envy between them.

    Guidelines for Humour:

    Joking should not deviate from the truth. The Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him said, “I only say what is true.”

    • Joking should not become consistent in a person’s manner, for seriousness is also a virtue. Muhammad ibn Ar Rashid said, “The issues of Islam are more serious than to be dealt with jokingly. Smiling, joking, relaxing and laughing are certainly welcome at appropriate times and places. But at times of work, seriousness is called for.

    • Bad language or reference to improper topics of conversation may not be subject of jokes.

    • Joking must be at the appropriate time and place. Dr Adel Shuweikh said, “Humour is most welcome after the Fajr prayer. He is supported by what has been related by Sammak ibn Harb, “I asked Jaber ibn Samra if he spent time with the Prophet and he said, “Yes, the Prophet would often not leave the mosque after the Fajr prayer until the sun rose. They would be laughing and he would be smiling.” (Muslim).

    He also said, “Another time for making light was after the ‘Isha prayer. Humour is permitted with family uncles and siblings. It is more preferred if it serves the purpose of advice and guidance, or if it creates friendship and warmth between people.” It is up to the person to decide whether the time is right for humour.

    Thus it can be seen that it is the topic of humour and its effects, which determine whether or not it is permissible by Islam. Imam Nawawi said, “Joking is prohibited when it is excessive and consistent. It becomes ineffective and causes the heart to harden. It distracts a person from worship of Allah and concern with religious issues. It often causes harm, envy and disrespect. If these elements are absent from a joke, then it is what is permissible by Islam. The Prophet would use humour to reach people and draw them together.”

    In any case, being modest and natural will, much of the time, serve the same purpose as joking. This is useful for people whom jokes do not come naturally. It is good to always remember in mind that humour must have a purpose in order to be fruitful. Joking is like adding salt to food. It must be measured and we must remember that some people do not eat food with salt. In other words, it is in appropriate to joke with some people.

    Ad-Dhahabi related that Khalaf ibn Salim said, “We were at Yazeed ibn Haroun’s and he made a joke. Ahmad ibn Hanbal cleared his throat, and Yazeed said, ‘Who cleared his throat?’ When he found out who it had been, he put his hand on his forehead and cried, ‘Why didn’t you tell me Ahmad ibn Hanbal was here so I would not joke?”

    At other times, joking may cause you to lose dignity. It is said, “Do not joke with children to the extent that they lose respect for you.” Ibn Hayan said, “Whoever jokes with an inappropriate person will lose that person’s respect, even if what he is saying is true. One should be selective with whom he jokes.” Ibn Al Muqafa’ said, “One should separate his behaviour between two groups of people. One group is made up of public. Here he should be serious and purposeful with every word he speaks. The other group is made up of people who are closer to him. With this group, he should be humorous and caring. Each of these behaviours will be beneficial and productive in the right place.”

    Try to understand the people you deal with, in order to decide whether or not it is appropriate to joke with them. Such was the way of the Prophet, for he would not joke with all his friends. Here are a few points to keep in mind. Although it may seem common sense that we should be respectful when joking but many of us end up hurting someone’s feelings unintentionally. Humour is a great way to diffuse a bad situation, or ease an uncomfortable one but it must be used appropriately. Just as a knife is useful and necessary to prepare food, so it can cause you to bleed. Many people don’t realize it, but sarcasm is anger thinly veiled.

    Points to remember:

    • Is this time right time to joke?
    • Is this an appropriate person to joke with?
    • Is this an appropriate topic to joke about?
    • Is this the right place?

    Also remember these points while joking:

    • Never criticize while joking.
    • Do not impose jokes if they do not come naturally.
    • Beware of excessive joking with certain individuals.
    • Show respect to the person you are joking with, as the Prophet Muhammad did when he told a man he was joking with, “In the eyes of Allah you are great.”
    • Monitor yourself when you are feeling humorous.
    • Maintain good behaviour with people who make a mistake when joking with you. Do not answer harshly or stare back.
    • It is better not to joke with someone when you meet for the first time.

    We must be careful to maintain a Muslim code of behaviour and never harm another Muslim through humiliation or insensitivity. While joking we should implement all the above-mentioned points and maintain a good Muslim personality.
    The enforcement of Muslim Brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of Islam. On it was based the Prophet's (SAW) sermon on his last pilgrimage, and Islam cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved. '
    (Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Yusuf)
    In Lam Takun Ghaadiban Annee Falaa Ubaalee...

    #2
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    What a sad thread

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      #3
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      Originally posted by kafka View Post
      What a sad thread
      ^^^^what a sad poster
      May Allah Bless Us All.

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        #4
        Re: Humour in Islam

        Originally posted by Cartman View Post
        ^^^^what a sad poster
        lol agreed
        The enforcement of Muslim Brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of Islam. On it was based the Prophet's (SAW) sermon on his last pilgrimage, and Islam cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved. '
        (Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Yusuf)
        In Lam Takun Ghaadiban Annee Falaa Ubaalee...

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          #5
          Re: Humour in Islam

          so, where's the humour ?

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            #6
            Re: Humour in Islam

            get lost

            there's the humour
            Last edited by KeeKee; 13-12-08, 01:37 PM.
            The enforcement of Muslim Brotherhood is the greatest social ideal of Islam. On it was based the Prophet's (SAW) sermon on his last pilgrimage, and Islam cannot be completely realized until this ideal is achieved. '
            (Shaikh Maulana Muhammad Yusuf)
            In Lam Takun Ghaadiban Annee Falaa Ubaalee...

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              #7
              Re: Humour in Islam

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                #8
                Re: Humour in Islam

                Originally posted by KeeKee View Post
                get lost

                there's the humour
                not very funny.

                But still, better than nothing, I guess

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                  #9
                  Re: Humour in Islam

                  Originally posted by kafka View Post
                  not very funny.

                  But still, better than nothing, I guess
                  you fool, the moral is not the joke itself. It's the content and delivery of the joke. What might be funny to them is not what is funny to us.
                  May Allah Bless Us All.

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                    #10
                    Re: Humour in Islam

                    Originally posted by Cartman View Post
                    you fool, the moral is not the joke itself. It's the content and delivery of the joke. What might be funny to them is not what is funny to us.
                    not very funny, either

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                      #11
                      Re: Humour in Islam

                      • Is this an appropriate person to joke with?
                      Such a good point. Sometimes if you make jokes in reference to the deen to non-Muslims, they don't get it. One day at one of my former jobs, someone (a non-Muslim) asked me what will happen if a guy sees my hair. I told him that I'd have to marry that person. I thought this was hilarious and patted myself on the back for such a funny joke. I said something similiar to my brother earlier, but this was far better...unfortunately, my co-worker thought I was serious and I had to explain that this wasn't true. :(
                      مَّن ذَا الَّذِي يُقْرِضُ اللّهَ قَرْضًا حَسَنًا فَيُضَاعِفَهُ لَهُ أَضْعَافًا كَثِيرَةً وَاللّهُ يَقْبِضُ وَيَبْسُطُ وَإِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ

                      "Who is he that will loan to Allah a beautiful loan, which Allah will double unto his credit and multiply many times?
                      It is Allah that giveth (you) Want or plenty, and to Him shall be your return."
                      Surah al-Baqarah
                      [2:245]

                      .:.
                      .:. Perfer et Obdura : Dolor Hic Tibi Proderit Olim .:.
                      Be patient and strong : someday this pain will be useful to you

                      .:.
                      ...said the spider to the fly...

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                        #12
                        Re: Humour in Islam

                        Originally posted by kafka View Post
                        not very funny, either
                        wasn't meant to be. But since you're such an expert critique of humour, entertain me.
                        May Allah Bless Us All.

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                          #13
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                          Originally posted by Pippin1376 View Post
                          One day at one of my former jobs, someone (a non-Muslim) asked me what will happen if a guy sees my hair. I told him that I'd have to marry that person. I thought this was hilarious and patted myself on the back for such a funny joke. I:(
                          Yes, it is quite funny. In particular, because it treads a fine line´- for a Muslim, what you say is obvious absurdity; for a non-Muslim, it may just be true, since he believes anyway that Muslims are strange people with strange customs.

                          Actually, most good jokes are somehow irreverent: we enjoy making fun of authority (political, social, religious) and of established cliches (sexual, ethnic, cultural). A joke which doesn't somehow criticize or deride established values cannot possibly be funny.

                          Now, there are a Christian Prime Minister, a Muslim terrorist, and a Polish atheist plumber who decide to go to the opera and bla bla bla ....

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                            #14
                            Re: Humour in Islam

                            Nice thread. We should all joke around more
                            الصلوۃ والسلام علیک یا سیدی یارسول اللہ

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