Recently I came across this Facebook page titled “Halal Humor” and Subahan Allah it’s filled with filthy mockeries of Islamic practices.
For example one of their recent memes present the following:
Firstly, there is NOTHING halal about this meme. It makes a mockery of the Maghrib Salah, Quranic verse and also mocks the praying Muslims in the picture. I really don’t know how Muslims be so clumsy when classifying these as “Halal” humor. Making jokes is Halal but it needs to be within the boundaries of Islam.
This silly FB post reminds of the following ayah:
The hypocrites fear lest a Surah (chapter of the Quran) should be revealed about them, showing them what is in their hearts. Say: “(Go ahead and) mock! But certainly Allah will bring to light all that you fear.”
If you ask them (about this), they declare: “We were only talking idly and joking.” Say: “Was it at Allah, and His Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) and His Messenger (SAW) that you were mocking?”
Surah At-Tawah, Ayahs 64-65 (9:64-65) Translation: Muhsin Khan
These ayahs were originally imposed at hypocrites and disbelievers but due to our rotten sense of humors these days at Quranic ayahs clearly shows we are no longer ‘distinguishable’ from the features of hypocrites.
What is even more dangerous is that Muslim brothers and sisters were enjoying this joke while others were rebuking it. Those who are making fun of it should realize that by doing so he/she is allegedly draining away their Imaan. The thing is that we must NEVER support these pages, let them be administered by rather ‘blind Muslims’, by liking their pages, otherwise this encourages them to post fouler things in the future. Let’s just stop supporting them and point to their their faults and if required let’s report against them to Facebook, these are the duties expected from us as true believers.
Muslims have been limited from joking excessively because eventually we fall into sins when we try to be ‘excessively funny’
The Prophet (saw.) warned against mocking people and hurting their feelings, because that is the path that leads to hatred and grudges. He said: “The Muslim is the brother of another Muslim, he does not wrong him, let him down or look down upon him. Taqwa (piety, awareness and fear of Allah) is here” – and he pointed to his chest three times – “It is sufficient evil for a man to look down upon his Muslim brother. Every Muslim is sacred to another Muslim, his blood, his property and his honor.”
Reference: Sahih Muslim
The Prophet (saw.) said, warning against this kind of behavior which some jokers are accustomed to: “A man may say something to make his companions laugh, and he will fall into Hell as far as the Pleiades because of it.”
Reference: Musnad of Imam Ahmad (r.)
The Prophet (saw.) said: “Do not laugh too much, for laughing too much deadens the heart.”
Reference: Sahih al-Jami’, Hadith 7312
The Quran states:
O you who have believed, let not a people ridicule [another] people; perhaps they may be better than them; nor let women ridicule [other] women; perhaps they may be better than them. And do not insult one another and do not call each other by [offensive] nicknames. Wretched is the name of disobedience after [one’s] faith. And whoever does not repent – then it is those who are the wrongdoers.
Surah Al-Hujurat, Ayah 11. (49:11) Translation: Sahih International
‘Umar ibn al-Khattaab (rah.) said: “Whoever laughs too much or jokes too much loses respect, and whoever persists in doing something will be known for it.”
‘Umar ibn ‘Abdul Aziz (r.) said: “Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.”
Imam Ibn Kathir (r.) mentioned in his Tafsir: “What is meant here is looking down on them, belittling them or making fun of them. This is haram and is counted as one of the characteristics of the hypocrites.”
Imam an-Nawawi (r.) said: “The kind of joking which is forbidden is that which is excessive and persistent, for it leads to too much laughter and hardening of the heart, it distracts from remembrance of Allah, and it often leads to hurt feelings, generates hatred and causes people to lose respect and dignity. But whoever is safe from such dangers, then that which the Messenger of Allah (saw.) used to do is permissible for him.”
Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqas (r.) said: “Set a limit to your jokes, for going to extremes makes you lose respect and incites the foolish against you.”
The page even goes into the audacity of mocking the Taraweeh prayer, may Allah provide Hidayah and guidance to the admins, who are clearly clumsy in their approaches into devising ‘Halal’ humor, Ameen and may Allah protect us from such rather ‘dangerous’ Facebook pages, Ameen.
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