Chapter on the Style of the Jokes of the Prophet sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam



باب ما جاء في صفة مزاح رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم

  !عن أبي هريرة رضي الله عنه قال: قالوا: يا رسول الله إنك تداعبنا

قال: نعم غير أني لا أقول  إلا حقًا

(حديث حسن صحيح)

Chapter on the Style of the Jokes of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam

 Abu Hurayrah radhiallahu ‘anh said: it was said to the Messenger of Allah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, “Oh Messenger of Allah, do you (really) joke with us?” He replied, “Yes, except I don’t say anything but the truth.”

1- The “truth” here refers to honest speech. Refraining from lying, backbiting, exaggerating, mimicking and breaking bounds when joking was the Prophet’s guidance on joking. These may seem like a lot of rules but they are ignoble characteristics that a Muslim has to refrain from. 

2- Jokes that cause malice and denote foolishness and stupidity are discouraged and denounced in Islam. There’s no point in saying something hurtful about someone and then try to patch it up by throwing your hands up in the air exclaiming, “But I was just joking!” or even worse, getting offended at their taking offence! Joking that causes sadness and separates people isn’t what Islam condones. 

3- It’s super important to watch what you’re saying when you feel humorous because there are times when people let their tongues slip blasphemous or disrespectful words out of ignorance that are very heavy and consequential in actuality. An example of this is in this hadith: 

`Abdullah bin `Umar said, “During the battle of Tabuk, a man was sitting in a gathering and said, “I have never seen anyone like these reciters of ours! They have the hungriest stomachs (they are gluttonous), lying tongues and are the most cowardly in battle.” A man in the Masjid said, “You lie. You are a hypocrite, and I will surely inform the Messenger of Allah.” This statement was conveyed to the Messenger of Allah and also a part of the Quran was revealed about it. ‘Abdullah bin ‘Umar said, “I saw that man afterwards holding onto the reigns of the Messenger’s camel while stones and dust were falling on him, declaring, “O Allah’s Messenger! We were only engaged in idle talk and jesting,” while the Messenger of Allah was reciting,

 وَلَئِن سَأَلْتَهُمْ لَيَقُولُنَّ إِنَّمَا كُنَّا نَخُوضُ وَنَلْعَبُ قُلْ أَبِاللَّهِ وَآيَاتِهِ وَرَسُولِهِ كُنتُمْ تَسْتَهْزِؤُونَ

لاَ تَعْتَذِرُواْ قَدْ كَفَرْتُم بَعْدَ إِيمَانِكُمْ إِن نَّعْفُ عَن طَآئِفَةٍ مِّنكُمْ نُعَذِّبْ طَآئِفَةً بِأَنَّهُمْ كَانُواْ مُجْرِمِينَ

“Was it Allah, and His Ayat and His Messenger that you were mocking? Make no excuse; you disbelieved after you had believed, if We pardon some of you, We will punish others among you for not all of you will be forgiven, some will have to taste the torment” [Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

:قال عمرو بن العاص

ما كان أحد أحب إلي من رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم و لا أحلى في عيني منه و ما كنت أطيق أن أملأ عيني منه إجلالا له  و لو قيل لي صفه لما إستطعت أن أصفه لأني لم أكن أملأ عيني منه

‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas radhiAllahu ‘anhu used to say: I could not look him in the eye because of awe. If I were to be asked to describe him I would not be able to, because I could not look him in the eye. (Saheeh Muslim)

بأبي أنت و أمي يا رسول الله.. صلى الله عليه و على آله و صحبه و سلم

May my mother and father be sacrificed for you, O Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alahi wa salam)

 – The Sahara Bloggers (Umm Saifullah)


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