Dusty Noses

Have you ever wondered why do we sneeze? For some of us ‘sneezing’ is only understood as a saliva spit sprinkle sometimes along with a gooey and icky no good additional discharge. Despite the futility this action professes, in actual fact, it is a very important mechanism of our body.

Think back for a while, “when” do we actually sneeze, perhaps when there is a dust storm, or perhaps after sniffing a beautiful flower; in all these cases we inhale some particles (like dust, pollen) we weren’t supposed to, and which may have a detrimental effect on us

Okay, so, something as microscopic as dust or pollen can actually harm us? Well for starters you don’t inhale in just one dust particle, but a whole cluster of them!

Secondly, yes, something as tiny as these CAN actually harm us! Runny noses, itchy eyes, allergies, asthmas are just some of the manifestations that may occur due to dust intake. They definitely bring to fruition the phrase “Tiny, yet Mighty”

So, what does sneezing have to do with all this?

Without getting overly technical, sneezing is basically the mechanism by which these unwanted and harmful inhaled particles are simple expelled out,

So yeah! all that gooey goodness just isn’t good for us.

To be protected at such a minuscule level truly amazing. Subhan Allah, truly Allah Al Wadood protects us from everything harmful in every way and at every level. Don’t we need to thank Allah for this, then yet why don’t all of us inculcate the habit of saying Alhamdulillah after sneezing.

Furthermore, whilst sneezing, we basically spit out all those allergens into the environment around us, let’s say it’s your sister beside you, would you really want her to inhale in what you have just expelled out?

From time immemorial, basic etiquettes teach us to cover our mouths with a tissue, handkerchief etc. whilst sneezing, and now that you know why, I aspire that this action no longer be considered a task for us to do.

So finally, now that we fathom why we sneeze and why we should cover us mouths whilst doing so, let’s finally come to the crux of the article.

We know that our actions are based on our intentions so let’s now fix our intentions

  1. It was reported from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “If any one of you sneezes, let him say ‘Al-hamdu Lillaah,’ and let his brother or his companion say, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah.’ And if he says to him, ‘Yarhamuk Allaah,’ let him say, ‘Yahdeekum Allaahu wa yusliha baalakum (May Allaah guide you and correct your thinking).
    (Reported by al-Bukhaari, 10/502)
  2. Abu Hurairah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Whenever the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) sneezed, he would cover his mouth with his hand or a piece of cloth, suppressing the sound this way.
    [Sunan Abu Dawud – classed as Hasan Sahih by Shaykh al-Albaani]

So, now we know that the acts of saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ after sneezing and that of covering our mouths whilst sneezing are actually actions proved by the Sunnah, lets then make our intentions of following the Sunnah and thereby earn ajar In Sha Allah by carrying out these simple and useful deeds.

 

Bint Ayesha

Writer, AAT

 

Al-Hasan Al Basri

A name that often crops up when reading some Islamic articles or an Islamic message on whatsapp is that of the eminent and renowned scholar of his time, Al-Hasan Al-Basri.

So even though many may not know of him, his name is heard of far and wide. So who was this celebrity of his time, who has left his mark deep in the imprints of memoirs?

Like quoted by Abu Hayyan At-Tauhid,

“In his learning and piety, forbearance and temperance, candour and large-heartedness, sagacity and prudence, he resembled a bright star.”

So a time when the lust and covetousness of worldly pleasures had grasped the mind of people and moral and spiritual values had spiraled down, and birth had been given to nobility, opulence and luxury, hypocrites and time-server, whose morals and code of conduct were not different from the rakes and degenerates of other nations thereby causing the atrophy of moral excellence.

In these very times stood a few indefatigable crusaders of unflinching faith and ardent zeal, who rose to the occasions and called the masses to the true and pristine teachings of Islam through exhortations and lectures, trying their best to resuscitate the Muslim ummah and bring back its true Muslim identity.

It is said about him, that he had been gifted ennobling virtues and he excelled as an orator. Thorough his speeches inspired by his deep ethical feelings, he touched the hearts of people and they could be seen brimming with tears.

The impeccable sincerity and outstanding piety had earned the affection of the masses and when he died in 110 A.H., the entire population of Basra attended his funeral which took place on Friday.

And there goes one of the bright flames of Islam.

May Allah have Mercy on him.

 

Bint Hasan

Hiding Knowledge

Indeed, those who conceal what We sent down of clear proofs and guidance after We made it clear for the people in the Scripture – those are cursed by Allah and cursed by those who curse,” (2:159)

“Whoever hides knowledge by which Allah benefits people in their affairs of religion, Allah will bridle him on the Day of Resurrection with a bridle from hellfire.” (Abu Dawud, An-Nisa’i, Ibn Majah)

To have knowledge of Islam and not to share it or convey it is hiding knowledge, whether intentionally (due to racism, or other concerns) or passive unintentionally, (due to shyness, feeling inadequate etc…)

Sometimes people do not share knowledge fearing people’s feelings will be hurt, or the person will retort with insults. However as Sh Salih Al-Fawzan has said, “We must clarify truth from falsehood, regardless of who is pleased and who is upset.”

At the end of the day, people’s opinions change with time, and people will leave you, and you will be left alone with the opinion of your Lord. Your will enter your grave alone. And you will stand before Allah alone. And His opinion is what either guarantees Jannah of jahannum.

So I ask you, whose opinion is more important; that of the people? or Allah, Glorified be He?

Shaykh ul Islam Ibn Taymiyyah said, “A believer must love good deeds and he must detest sins. The performing of good deeds should please him while the committing of sins should upset him. If there is ever a time this is not the case, he would be deficient in his iman.” (Al-Iman and Al-Kabeer, pg 223)

We must stand up for what is right (according to the laws of Allah, not based on our opinions), but we must share knowledge and the truth with wisdom. Kind words touch the heart, and have a better effect than harsh words. No matter how true your words are, if they are harsh people will ignore them.

On this account here’s a funny story narrated by Sh Abu Suhaib.

The great scholar Muhammed Ameen Shinqiti was working in Madinah university during time of Sh Ibn Baaz and Sheikh Al-Albaani. Sheikh Ibn Baaz was Head at that time. Sh Muhammed Ameen Shinqiti was given charge of examination hall to watch students. As we all know that they should not cheat.

Sheikh Shinqiti was going in rounds and students started asking him by showing the question paper, “what is this? What is this?” He saw the questions and started giving a detailed reply.

Many students saw and thought, “wow, what an opportunity!” And started asking him and he was telling them.

The head of the examination hall came up to him and with great respect asked, “Sheikh why are you doing this?”

The sheikh replied, “Whoever asks for a knowledge and hides it a bridle of fire be placed on his mouth on the day of judgement.”
The examiner said, “Ya sheikh this is an exam!”

“Hadeeths applies in and out of any exam.”

The examiner was quiet and reported this matter to Sh Ibn baz and other heads.

They said give him any work, except to be in charge of the examination hall.

No questions asked. Full of submission to the sunnah.

 

The Future Mother of Your Children

The woman you marry will eventually be the mother of your children, therefore we need to choose wisely keeping in mind our future. Now people say beauty doesn’t really matter what matters is your character, but most of us are hypocrites, beauty is all that matters to us. We can see it clearly that when mothers search for their son’s a wife they first look at if she is fair and beautiful and then go on to the akhlaq part being very shortsighted. But we should remember the famous hadith of the Prophet where he said:

“Women may be married for four things: their wealth, their lineage, their beauty and their religious commitment. Choose the one who is religiously-committed, may your hands be rubbed with dust (i.e., may you prosper).”  (Bukhaari, Muslim)

‘Abd al-‘Azeem Abaadi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

What this means is that a man who is religiously committed and of noble character should make religion his focus in all things, especially with regard to long-term matters. So the Prophet enjoined finding a wife who is religiously committed, which is the ultimate goal.

“may your hands be rubbed with dust” is urging him to strive hard and roll up his sleeves and seek that which is enjoined.

(‘Awn al-Ma’bood (6/31))

Why choose a religious spouse?

I have personally seen mothers who pray, read the Quran etc, casually telling their children to  pray never once commanding them or trying to get them to have a deeper understanding of the Quran. Such mothers do little to pass on Islam to their children. Why? Because they themselves never committed to Islamic knowledge and have no eagerness to make their children religious. These mothers just fulfill their children’s physical and worldly needs not once thinking about their children’s spiritual needs.

The Prophet often stressed the importance of a righteous wife who is religiously committed:

It was narrated that from Abdullah bin Amr that: the Messenger of Allah said: “This world is but provisions, and there is no provision in this world better than a righteous wife.” (Sunan Ibn Majah, Saheeh)

It was narrated that Thawbaan said: When there was revealed about silver and gold what was revealed, they said: So what kind of wealth should we acquire? ‘Umar said: I will find out about that for you. So he mounted his camel and caught up with the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) and I was right behind him. He said: O Messenger of Allah, what kind of wealth should we acquire? He said: “Let one of you acquire a thankful heart, a tongue that remembers Allah and a believing wife who will help him with regard to the Hereafter.”  (Narrated and classed as hasan by al-Tirmidhi (3094))

In another version it says: “who will help him with his faith.” Ibn Maajah (1856).  (Saheeh by al-Albaani)

Al-Mubaarakfoori (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “A believing wife who will help him with his faith” means, with his religious commitment, by reminding him to pray, fast and do other acts of worship, and will keep him from committing zina and all other haraam deeds. (Tuhfat al-Ahwadhi (8/390))

One may think that if the father is religious he could influence the children, but that’s rarely the case, as we know that children are in constant contact with their mothers. Mothers are the first teachers and role models. Fathers are usually busy with work and seeing to other matters of running the household. Rarely is there a case where due to the father, the children are religious. The mother always has to take the first step for her children to follow.

Others may think that the husband may change his wife after marriage. Then together they can teach the children. Often times it’s too late as the early years of the children is when their foundation is built. It is also very difficult to mold an adult them how we want, as they are already set in their ways, unless they themselves want to change.  Children imitate their adults when young and if your wife does un-Islamic things your child will follow. Changing an adult is not easy as she has had her own values and to change overnight would be almost impossible.

Imam al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The correct meaning of this hadeeth (the above hadith) is that the Prophet was speaking of what people usually do; they seek these four qualities, and the last of them in their view is the one who is religiously committed, so seek, O you who are guided, the one who is religiously committed.” (Sharh Muslim (10/51-52))

And he (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“What that means is that people usually seek these four qualities in a woman, but you should seek the one who is religiously committed.” Riyadh al-Saaliheen (p. 454)

Furthermore, a woman who knows Islam well will know how to take care of her household, from time-management to a balanced diet, keeping you and your children healthy and happy.

Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient (to Allaah and to their husbands), and guard in the husband’s absence what Allaah orders them to guard (e.g. their chastity and their husband’s property)”
[al-Nisa’ 4:34].

Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahmaan al-Sa’di (may Allaah have mercy on him) said:

Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient” means: obedient to Allah, may He be exalted.

guard in the husband’s absence” means: they are obedient to their husbands and even in their absence they guard themselves and their husband’s wealth, seeking the help of Allaah in that, because no one can do that by himself or herself, for the self is inclined towards evil, but the one who puts his trust in Allaah, He will suffice him and help him in his religious and worldly affairs. (Tafseer al-Sa’di (p. 177))

It was narrated that Abu Hurayrah said: It was said to the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him): Which of women is best? He said: “The one who makes (her husband) happy when he looks at her, obeys him when he tells her to do something, and does not disobey him with regard to herself or her wealth in a way that he dislikes.” (Narrated by al-Nasaa’i (3131); classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Nasaa’i. )

In conclusion, if she is religious i.e; not only prays five times but understands the Quran and Ahadith and applies them in her personal life, then she will understand her family’s needs and will always maintain healthy relations between yourselves and your family making your home a happy one. She will ingrain the teachings of Islam your children, teaching them to be righteous, obedient and dutiful. She will help you raise the next generation of Muslims, who will one day be the champions of the Ummah. She will help her husband in coming closer to Allah, and doing what is pleasing to Him, and in attaining the eternal abode of Paradise.

Inshallah we will dedicate another article to describing the qualities of a religiously committed woman.

Fatima Damad, AAT

Belief in Qadr

The Benefits of Belief in Qadar:

Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin al-‘As reported: I heard Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: “Allah ordained the measures (of quality) of the creation fifty thousand years before He created the heavens and the earth.” (Muslim)

 

 

Qadr is often considered a controversial topic, and is often difficult to grasp for many. Whether one is able to understand the concept or not, one should submit to it, for it is part of Iman. Many have deviated in regards to their belief in Qadr. The Qadariyyah who totally denied Qadr, and the Jabariyyah on the other hand, believe that we are forced, and we have no freewill. However, we must follow a middle path. Allah has decreed everything, yet we do have freewill though our freewill is also subject to His decree and prior knowledge. We believe in the good of Qadr and (what appears to be) evil of it, all is from Allah. We do not ascribe evil to Allah, rather Allah decreed what is best and what is good, due to his prior All-Encompassing Knowledge and Wisdom, though we may perceive it as evil.

But how does believing in Qadr help us? How can we become better muslims by believing in Qadr?

  1. The Completion of Faith: Belief in Qadr is one of the pillars of iman, as such, disbelieving in it, would cause one’s iman to be deficient. Lack of belief in Qadr is a lack of belief in Allah’s Lordship, that He is the Lord of all the Worlds.

On the authority of `Umar who said: While we were one day sitting with the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) there appeared before us a man dressed in extremely white clothes and with very black hair. No traces of journeying were visible on him, and none of us knew him. He sat down close by the Prophet (ﷺ) rested his knees against the knees of the Prophet (ﷺ) and placed his palms over his thighs, and said: “O Muhammad! Inform me about Islam.” The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) replied: “Islam is that you should testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except Allah and that Muhammad is His Messenger (ﷺ), that you should perform salah (prayer), pay the Zakah, fast during Ramadan, and perform Hajj (pilgrimage) to the House (the Ka`bah), if you can find a way to it (or find the means for making the journey to it).” He said: “You have spoken the truth.” We were astonished at his thus questioning him (ﷺ) and then telling him that he was right, but he went on to say, “Inform me about Iman (faith).” He (the Prophet) answered, “It is that you believe in Allah and His angels and His Books and His Messengers and in the Last Day, and in fate (qadr), both in its good and in its evil aspects.”…then he (the Prophet) said, “O `Umar, do you know who that questioner was?” I replied, “Allah and His Messenger know better.” He said, “That was Jibril. He came to teach you your religion.” [Muslim]

  1. Security from certain idolatrous beliefs: When one denies Qadr often it is due to a belief that good and evil have separate creators, this is rooted in Greek Philosophy, in which there is god of evil, and a god of good. However, in Islam we understand that everything is from Allah. We attribute good to Allah, while the evil that results or is apparent to us we do not attribute to Him.

Others hold the belief that humans create their actions, but in reality through Qadr one accepts that Allah is the sole creator, of creatures, their actions and their abilities. Correct belief in Qadar affirms that Allah is the only Creator and acts as the dividing line between shirk and Tawheed.

  1. Reliance on Allah: By believing in Qadr one’s heart is comforted knowing that He is in control, and things will work out fine. Allah is the Creator of causes and effects/results. Hence, He alone has the ability to change the effect or stop it, and He has power over all things. One understands that everything is in the Hands of Allah, and nothing is impossible for Him. Thus, one’s heart becomes content knowing Allah in in charge of all his affairs.
  1. Steadfastness in facing the challenges of life: Belief in Qadr makes one persistent in doing good. For they know any obstacles they face are trials to test their perseverance and dedication to Allah. As such, one avoids carelessness in times of success and ease, and he bears the difficulties with patience.
  1. Maintaining Caution and Alertness: One who believes in Qadr is careful of what may lead him astray. He constantly works for his akhirah fearing a bad end. This motivates him to strive persistently to follow the straight path, to increase his good deeds and avoid sins.
  1. Facing Danger: This is especially so for those involved in combat, by believing in Qadr one knows that his method of death and time of death has already been decreed. Thus, it gives confidence to the believer’s heart. However, that being said one does not purposely put himself in dangerous situations, for part of Qadr is also to be careful. One does not cross the road blindfolded, nor enters into battle without weapons, claiming that his death has been written. Rather one takes the means of protection, and goes forth knowing that whatever would befall him is from Allah.
  1. Gratitude: One who believes in Qadr knows that all the favours that he enjoys are from Allah, whether it comes to him directly, or through another person. Thus, he is thankful to others, and even more thankful to Allah for showering His Mercy upon him, and bestowing His blessings.

“And whatever blessings you have is from Allah.” (Surah an-Nahl, 16: 53)

  1. Avoidance of Magic and Fortune-telling: By believing in Qadr one submits to the decree of Allah with patience. They know that whatever the future holds was written by the Greatest of Writers whose Wisdom is complete and whose Knowledge is All-Encompassing.
  1. Elimination of Social Diseases: such as jealousy and envy, as one comes to realise that the One who grants and deprives is Allah, and it is from His Wisdom that He blesses some with certain things and others with other things. By believing in Qadr one comes to understand that Allah knows what is best for Him, that envy and jealousy is an objection to the decisions of Allah, and thus one is able to rid himself of such negative traits.
  1. Encouragement for Generosity: One learns to give without fearing poverty, for the Rizq has been written, and what is meant for a person will never miss them, for it has all been decreed by Allah. Both poverty and affluence are in the hands of Allah.

Believing in Qadr provides numerous benefits to the human being and as such it was decreed to be a pillar of Iman. Qadr comforts the heart of the believer, gives it confidence, and contentment, and it reposes in a state of tranquillity.

My brothers and sisters, know that Allah has knowledge over all things, the past, the present and the future. And He has control over all things. And He plans, and He is the best of planners, so be content with Allah as your Lord and submit to Him whole-heartedly.

 

Obesity On the Rise

In the modern age, the world has been afflicted by a multiplicity of diseases and epidemics, ranging from social media, to Aids and HIV. Perhaps a disease less often recognised and more often attributed to food-misuse, is obesity. Just as drugs can be mis-used, and social-media, so can food, and perhaps it is one of the most abused resources on our planet.

Following the industrial revolution, factories set up mass-production facilities, and commercial products were sold on mass. Consumerism increased as the world plummeted into an abyss of ease of access.

Previously, food was consumed on limit. People did not necessarily watch their figures, rather, food was not so easily available. Harvests were poor if the rainy season did not come. This in turn meant, less jobs in the agricultural industry and less income for farmers. The industrial revolution changed all of that. Machinery became the way forward for farmers. Research facilities was on the mission to find better ways to grow, preserve, and transport food. Irrigation systems intended to water crops all year round, meant harvests were always good. Furthermore, the introduction of transport systems enabled companies to transports crops worldwide with relative ease. And lastly, the establishment of factories, meant production lines helped speed up food processing and packaging for consumers.

It is no wonder the availability of food is within arm’s reach. However, with such ease, comes a consequence, the rate of obesity is steadily increasing, as everyone wants ‘super size’ food.

This was foretold by our Prophet, when he said, “The Prophet (ﷺ) said, “The best of you, are my contemporaries, then those who follow them, then those who will come after them. (‘Imran (the narrator) said, I do not know if he said this twice or thrice). Then, they will be followed by those who will testify but will not be called upon to testify; they will betray the trust, and will not be trusted. They will make vows but will not fulfil them, and obesity will prevail among them.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Our religion is a complete way of life that doesn’t just care for our souls, but our physical bodies too. Hence the Prophet advised us, “The son of Adam does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat a few mouthfuls, to keep him going. If he must do that (fill his stomach), then let him fill one third with food, one third with drink and one third with air.” (Tirmidhi, classed as saheeh by Sh Al-Albaani)

Indeed, over eating only depicts greed and gluttony. It makes the heart hard and devoid of feeling. The poor is no longer a concern as the person seeks to satisfy their cravings and taste buds.

Allah gave us counsel, and His counsel is best, and full of wisdom,

“and eat and drink but waste not by extravagance, certainly He (Allah) likes not Al‑Musrifoon (those who waste by extravagance).” (Al-Araf 7:31)

Extravagance in eating and drinking usually results in a person who is over-weight, unfit and unhealthy. Such a person is at higher risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and in turn heart attacks and strokes. Thus, Islam seeks to preserve the health of a person, for their own betterment, and fulfilment, and so that they can worship Allah with energy and vigour.

The Sunnah encourages moderation in eating, and strongly criticizes extravagance.

Ibn ‘Umar narrated that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The believer eats in one stomach whilst the disbeliever eats in seven.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

On another occasion, in a bid to help us in limiting our portion sizes, Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) said, “The food for two persons is sufficient for three, and the food of three persons is sufficient for four persons.” (Bukhari)

Umar was known to be concerned about the people’s health. He would warn them against the consequences and dangers of being fat, and would advise them to lose weight, because that would give them strength to strive and enable them to fulfill their duties.

He used to say: “O’ people, beware of eating too much, for it makes you lazy in prayer, is bad for your body and causes sickness. Allah hates the fat man. Rather you should be moderate in your eating, for that is closer to righteousness and farther removed from extravagance, and makes one stronger to worship Allah. No person will be doomed unless he gives precedence to his desires over his religious committment.”
(Al-Khaleefah al-Farooq, by Dr.’Abdur Rahman al-‘Ani)
Ibn al-Jawzi stated that ‘Umar saw a man with a huge belly and said: “What is this?” He said, “A blessing from Allah.” He said, “Rather it is a punishment from Allah.”
(Manaaqib Ameer al-Mu’mineen, p.200)

Moderation in food is beneficial beyond any doubt. As muslims we bear a responsibility upon our shoulders to take the middle path in everything we do. We should be weary of the warnings of the Prophet and aim to emulate his Sunnah. Our bodies are an “amanah” entrusted to us, and we will be questioned about it. We should take heed and rectify our eating habits before we fall into a state of disrepair.

April Fool’s

What is April Fool’s?

The first of April is known as April Fool’s Day or All Fool’s Day. It has been a popular Western celebration since the 19th Century, however it has never become an official public holiday. Nonetheless, it is a day on which pranks and hoaxes a pulled off on a variety of levels. The trick and the one tricked, both are called April’s fools.

Its origins are not clarified, however it may stem from the ancient Roman religious festival of Hilaria. Hilaria was a festival held on the March equinox in honour of Cybele (mother of gods).

What is wrong with April’s Fool’s?

In Islam, we only have two set yearly celebrations; the two Eids. Other permissible festivals include; the wedding feast (Waleemah) or Aqeeqah, the birth of child. All other celebrations belonging to other religions and faiths are not supported in our religion, primarily because we are not followers of other religions, and secondly because the Prophet stated, in no uncertain terms, “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Related by Abu Dawud, graded saheeh by Ibn Hibban)

One would never hear of Jack and John celebrating our Eids. Why do we compromise our deen, and celebrate their festivals? Do we wish to be accepted by them? or do we wish to impress them?

Allah informs us their attitude towards us in the Quran, “And never will the Jews or the Christians approve of you until you follow their religion. Say, “Indeed, the guidance of Allah is the [only] guidance.” If you were to follow their desires after what has come to you of knowledge, you would have against Allah no protector or helper.” (2:120)

Secondly, joking on this day is often done in the form of lies. Lying is prohibited, it is a blameworthy character and sign of hypocrisy.

Aaishah said, “No characteristic was more hateful to the Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) than lying. If a man told a lie in the presence of the Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), he would continue to feel some unrest in his heart until he knew that the man had repented.” (Tirmidhi, Classed as saheeh by Sh Al-Albaani in as-Saheehah).

If one has previously taken part in this celebration, they should repent and seek Allah’s forgiveness.

Ibn Mas‘ood (may Allah be pleased with him) said: The Messenger of Allah (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said: “I enjoin you to be truthful, for truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man may continue to tell the truth and endeavours to be truthful until he is recorded with Allah as a speaker of truth. And beware of lying, for lying leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to Hell. A man may continue to tell lies and endeavours to tell lies, until he is recorded with Allah as a liar.” (Bukhari and Muslim)

Lying is a severe issue, and is not to be taken lightly.

Lying in jest is equally wrong.

It was narrated that Bahz bin Hakim said: “My father narrated to me that his father said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah ﷺ say: ‘Woe to the one who speaks and tells lies in order to make the people laugh; woe to him, woe to him.’” [Sunan Abi Dawud, Kitab Al-Adab, Hadith: 4990] Grade: Hasan

Hence one who gives it up has a great promise of reward,

Abu Umamah Al-Bahili reported: The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, ” and I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even for the sake of fun;
(Abu Dawud, Saheeh)

What is the ruling on April’s Fool?

Shaykh Salih Al Fawzaan was asked about this occasion, he replied, “This is imported from the false customs and it is not from the actions of muslims. Lying is not allowed. Not in April, or in other than it. Lying is haram. Lying upon Allah, lying upon the messenger, lying upon the people is haram. It is a major sin from the major sins. Allah forbade lying, prohibited it, and threatened the liars. It is not allowed in any time. Yes.” (http://alfawzan.af.org.sa/node/13604)

May Allah aid us in following His religion completely without compromise.