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Islamic April Fools

Islamic April Fools Recipe

Take the most humorless character you know, add neurosis and paranoia, mix it with bigotry and serve at room temperature in a square dish. No salt or spices allowed. And no alcohol to help wash it down.

That's the staple item served daily by Islam Questions and Answers. With humorless fervor, Middle Eastern clerics share their "scholarly" advise with the world, exterminating any remaining humor and joy in their already neurotic and insecure audiences.

To top it all, the site's scholars created a page dedicated specifically to April Fools Day. Read it only if, instead of cheating and deceiving your fellow infidels on this day, you would rather bore yourself out of your scull by reading Koranic quotes.

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April fool

Some of the kuffaar (infidels) call this day All Fools' Day, as it is known to the English. That is because of the lies that they tell so that those who hear them might believe them and thus become a victim for those who are making fun of him.

Many of us celebrate what is known as April fool or, if it is translated literally, the "trick of April". But how much do we know of the bitter secret behind this day?

When the Muslims ruled Spain, approximately one thousand years ago, they were a force that could not be destroyed. The western Christians wished that they could wipe Islam from the face of the earth, and they succeeded to some extent.

They tried to limit the spread of Islam in Spain and to put an end to it, but they did not succeed. They tried numerous times and never succeeded.

After that, the kuffaar sent their spies to Spain to study and find out the secret of the Muslims' strength which could not be defeated. They discovered that adhering to taqwa (piety or consciousness of Allah) was the reason.

When the Christians discovered the secret of the Muslims' strength, they started to think of strategies to break this strength. On this basis they began to send wine and cigars to Spain for free.

This tactic on the part of the west produced results, and the faith of the Muslims began to weaken, especially among the young generation in Spain. The result of that was that the western Catholic Christians subdued the whole of Spain and put an end to the Muslim rule of that land which had lasted for more than eight hundred years. The last stronghold of the Muslims, in Grenada, fell on April 1st, hence they considered this to be the "trick of April."

From that year until the present, they celebrate this day and consider the Muslims to be fools. They do not regard only the army at Granada to be fools who are easily deceived, rather they apply that to the entire Muslim ummah. It is ignorant of us to join in these celebrations, and when we imitate them blindly in implementing this evil idea, this is a kind of blind imitation which confirms the foolishness of some of us in following them. Once we know the reason for this celebration, how can we celebrate our defeat?

After knowing this reality, let us make a promise to ourselves never to celebrate this day. We have to learn from the Spanish and adhere to the reality of Islam and never allow our faith to be weakened again.

I say: it does not matter what the origins of April fool are. What matters more is knowing the ruling on lying on this day, which we are sure did not exist during the first and best generations of Islam. It did not come from the Muslims, but rather from their enemies.

The things that happen on April fools' day are many. Some people have been told that their child or spouse or someone who is dear to them has died, and unable to bear this shock, they have died. Some have been told that they are being laid off, or that there has been a fire or an accident in which their family has been killed, so they suffer paralysis or heart attacks, or similar diseases.

Some people have been told about their wives, that they have been seen with other men, and this has led them to kill or divorce their wives.

These are the endless stories and incidents that we hear of, all of which are lies which are forbidden in Islam and unacceptable to common sense or honest chivalry.

We have seen how Islam forbids lying even in jest, and it forbids frightening a Muslim whether in seriousness or in jest, in words or in actions.

This is the law of Allah in which is wisdom and care for people's circumstances.

And Allah is the Source of Strength.

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RELATED INSTRUCTIONS

Permissible kinds of lies

Lying is permissible in three cases: war; reconciling between two disputing parties; and a husband lying to his wife or vice versa for the sake of love and harmony.

There is a never a day or a moment when sharee'ah permits a person to tell lies or to say whatever he wants based on lies. One of the things that have become widespread among the common people is the so called "April Fool's Day", where they claim that the first day of the fourth solar month is a day when lying is permitted without being subject to any shar'i guidelines.

Many bad things may result from this, some of which we will mention below.

The prohibition of lying

1. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

"It is only those who believe not in the Ayaat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, who fabricate falsehood, and it is they who are liars

[al-Nahl 16:105]

2. It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: "The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust."

(Narrated by al-Bukhari, 33; Muslim, 59)

The most evil kinds of lies are:

1. Lies told about Allah and His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).

2. Lying in buying and selling.

3. Lying about visions and dreams

4. Speaking about everything that one hears

5. Lying in jest

Some people think that it is permissible to tell lies if it is in jest. This is the excuse that they use for telling lies on April 1st or on other days. This is wrong. There is no basis for this in the pure sharee'ah. Lying is haram whether the one who does it is joking or is serious.

Lying in jest is haram just like other kinds of lies.

It was narrated that Ibn 'Umar said: "The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah 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)

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: "They said, 'O Messenger of Allah, you joke with us.' He said, 'But I only speak the truth.'"

(narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 1990)

'Abd al-Rahmaan ibn Abi Laylaa said: the companions of the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) told us that they were travelling with the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah 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 Allah 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 Allah (peace and blessings of Allah 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).

6. Lying when playing with children

7. Lying to make people laugh

It was narrated that Mu'aawiyah ibn Haydah said: "I heard the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) say: 'Woe to the one who talks to make the people laugh and tells lies, woe to him, woe to him.'"

(narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 235. He said: this is a hasan hadeeth. Also narrated by Abu Dawood, 4990).

The punishment for lying:

The liar is warned of destructive punishment in this world, and humiliating punishment in the Hereafter. These include:

1. Hypocrisy in the heart.

2. Guidance to evildoing and to the Fire

3. His testimony will be rejected

4. Blackening of the face in this world and in the Hereafter

5. The liar will have the flesh of his cheeks torn to the back of his head

The comments of the Salaf on lying:

It is not correct to tell lies whether in jest or in seriousness

Beware of lying, for it has nothing to do with faith.

True faith is not achieved until one gives up lying in jest.


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