April Fools’ Day on 1st April sees people across the globe marking this day with pranks and jokes. Unfortunately, many disobey Allah Almighty and His Final Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم in the course of their pranks by lying, mocking people, and deceiving others, causing much distress and undue problems for relatives and friends. Occasionally, the outcome of these pranks is fatal. Nothing can justify lying and hurting the feelings of others as these are sins that lead to Hell. In the Quran, Allah Almighty has cursed liars, (Part 3, Surah Aal-e-Imraan, Verse 61) and forbidden us from mocking others. (Part 26, Surah Al-Hujuraat, Verse 11)
The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى الـلّٰـهُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم further emphasised the proscription of lying and mockery when he remarked, ‘A person will not achieve perfect faith until he refrains from lying when joking and arguing even if he is truthful,’ (Musnad-e-Ahmad, vol. 3, p. 290, Hadees 8774).
May Allah Almighty allow us to always speak the truth and to refrain from lying without compromise!
اٰمِیْن بِجَاہِ النَّبِیِّ الْاَمِیْن صَلَّی اللہ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلہٖ وَسَلَّم
(Learn more about April Fools’ Day from the article ‘April Fool’ on page 16 of the March 2017 issue of Faizan-e-Madinah)