Fooling Yourself on April Fool – Oh Muslims?
You read it right. Who can be a bigger fool than one who fools others for the sake of fooling, without realizing that it is he himself who is being fooled, because he cannot fool those two angels who have been assigned to write down every hasanaat (good deeds) and every sayi’aat (bad deeds) both major and minor of every individual, day in and day out.
Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“But verily, over you (are appointed angels in charge of mankind) to watch you, Kiraaman (Honourable) Kaatibeen —writing down (your deeds), They know all that you do” [Surah al-Infitaar 82:10-12]
“…(Remember) that the two receivers (recording angels) receive (each human being), one sitting on the right and one on the left (to note his or her actions). Not a word does he (or she) utter but there is a watcher by him ready (to record it). “[Surah Qaaf 50:17-18]
Yes, your every movement is recorded. And with every lie you say to those people whom you fool uselessly just for fun or for making them laugh, on this foolish day, a sin is recorded in your records of bad deeds and along with it you become entitled to the curse of Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam).
It was narrated that Mu’aawiyah ibn Haydah said: “I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) say: «Woe to the one who talks to make the people laugh and tells lies, woe to him, woe to him»” [Hasan Hadeeth narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 235 and Abu Dawood, 4990].
There are modernists, who when told not to indulge in these foolish customs of lying, they say: ”Show me where in the hadeeth or Qur’an is it specifically mentioned that you should not take part in April Fool or in wishing New Year etc…”
When I hear these, I feel ashamed at such people who have made a mockery of Islam. I ask them, why do you not marry like the Hindu’s do, by performing all sorts of customs, from leaving the house to entering it? They say that they don’t like it and Islam forbids it. I ask them, where specifically is it mentioned with clear wordings in the hadeeth or the Qur’an that you should not marry like the Hindus? They have no answer for this. These are people of desire, who want to dirty the pristine teachings of Islam with the dirt and filth of polytheistic religions.
Lying is one of the biggest vices, a door for all evils and leads to destructions in this life and in the hereafter, so it is prohibited in Islam although some people try to improve its malicious reality by changing its name to kidding, courtesy, diplomacy, cleverness or other names.
Remember, truth or truthfulness is the mail of Faith, its guide, mount, drive, leader, adornment and garment. It is the heart and the soul of Faith.
On the other hand, lying is the mail of disbelief and hypocrisy. It is their guide, mount, drive, leader, adornment, garment and heart. The relationship of Kadhib (lying) to Faith is like Shirk to Tawheed. Lying and Faith can never be together in the same place. If they meet, one of them will push the other out and take its place.
The first avenue of lying is from the self to the tongue. It corrupts the tongue and then seeps throughout the body spoiling it and its actions. Lying spoils both sayings and actions, and destroys the person unless Allah would help him with the cure of truthfulness to uproot lying from his soul.
‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood (may Allaah be pleased with him) said:
“The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: ‘You must be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man will keep speaking the truth and striving to speak the truth until he will be recorded with Allaah as a siddeeq (speaker of the truth). Beware of telling lies, for lying leads to immorality and immorality leads to Hellfire. A man will keep telling lies and striving to tell lies until he is recorded with Allaah as a liar.” [Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 5743; Muslim, 2607]
al-San’aani (May Allaah have mercy on him) said:
This hadeeth indicates that whoever continues to speak the truth, it will become a feature of his, and whoever deliberately tells lies and persists in it, it will become a feature of his. This is the same as any other good or evil characteristic, if a person persists in it, it becomes a feature of his.
This hadeeth indicates how serious the matter of telling the truth is, and that it may lead a person to Paradise, and it indicates how ugly lying is and how it may lead a person to Hell. This is in addition to the consequences in this world, for the one who tells the truth will have his words accepted by people, and his testimony will be accepted by judges and he will be liked for what he says, whereas for the liar the opposite will be the case. [Subul al-Salaam, 2/687]
So now you have the two paths in front of you. You choose the path that you want for yourselves. If you want to be upon the path of the righteous, then be truthful, or if you want to confirm your seat in Hell, then feel free to make good use of this stupid day by disobeying Allaah.
Joking and Humorous Talk
There are some people who say what is wrong in joking. I say, my dear brother in Islam, there is nothing wrong with humorous talk and joking, if it is truthful, especially if it is not done a great deal. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to joke but he never said anything but the truth. However, if it involves telling lies, then it is not permissible.
It was narrated that Ibn ‘Umar said: “The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, ‘I joke, but I speak nothing but the truth.’” [narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Mu’jam al-Kabeer, 12/391],
This hadeeth was classed as hasan by al-Haythami in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 8/89, and classed as saheeh by Shaykh al-Albaani (may Allaah have mercy on him) 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 only speak the truth»” [narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1990],
Abu ‘Eesa said: this is a saheeh hasan hadeeth.
A similar hadeeth was narrated by al-Tabaraani in al-Awsat (8/305), and classed as hasan by al-Haythami in Majma’ al-Zawaa’id, 9/17.
The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) warned his companions
The Prophet (sallallahu ‘alayhi wasallam) warned his companions when they played a trick on one of their companions just for the sake of fooling him:
‘Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Laylaa said: the companions of the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) told us that they were travelling with the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him). A man among them fell asleep and some of them went and took his arrows. When the man woke up, he got alarmed (because his arrows were missing) and the people laughed. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said, «What are you laughing at?», They said, “Nothing, except that we took the arrows and he got alarmed.” The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: «It is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim»
[Narrated by Abu Dawood, 5004; Ahmad, 22555 – this version narrated by Ahmad, This hadeeth was classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7658].
Ask yourself, what else do you do on April Fool? Do you still don’t understand, why we as Muslims should stay away from such foolish customs? Don’t you still get, that it is you who have been fooling yourself all these years by indulging in the foolish sinful custom of April Fool’s day, distancing yourself from Allaah’s Mercy and falling prey to Satan’s traps?
Statements of the Salaf on lying:
1. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas’ood said: “A man may speak the truth and persist in doing so until there is in his heart not even room for evil the size of a needle. Or a man may tell lies and persist in doing so until there is in his heart not even room for truth the size of a needle.“
2. And it was narrated that he said: “It is not correct to tell lies whether in jest or in seriousness,” then ‘Abd-Allaah recited the aayah (interpretation of the meaning):
“O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)” [al-Tawbah 9:119],
He read the Ayah (Qur’anic verse) and said: “Do you find any permission allowing anyone to tell a lie?”
3. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq said: “Beware of lying, for it has nothing to do with faith.”
4. It was narrated that Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas said: “The believer may acquire all sorts of characteristics except treachery and lying.”
5. It was narrated that ‘Umar (may Allaah be pleased with him) said: “True faith is not achieved until one gives up lying in jest.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 5/235, 236)
How about making April Fool, a day to start building a house in the middle of Paradise?
What benefit you will get when you fool someone? And you can’t imagine the benefit you will get when you prevent yourself from fooling someone on his filthy custom of April Fool.
Abu Umamah al-Bahili (radhiAllaahu ‘anhu) narrated that the Messenger of Allaah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said:
“I am the leader of a house in Paradise.
I guarantee a house in Jannah for one who gives up arguing, even if he is in the right; and I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even if he is joking; and I guarantee a house in the highest part of Jannah for one who has good manners.”
[Abu Da’wud, 4800; also found in ‘Tahdhib al-Kamal’, 3/498; ‘Mu’jam al-Kabeer’, 7488; ‘al-Bayhaqi’, 10/249 and others – graded as Hasan by al-Albani in ‘Saheeh al-Targheeb wat-Tarheeb’, 6/3; and Ibn Baz in ‘Khashiyah Buloogh al-Maraam’, 810]
Grab this opportunity my dear brothers.
Remember, a true Mu’min (believer) does not lie; only the person who lacks or suffers weakness of Iman (Faith) lies. Therefore, every true Mu’min should beware of lying and seek truthfulness.
We ask Allaah to make us sincere and truthful in word and deed and to save us from all the evil customs of this dunya. And Allaah knows best.