02 April 2010

APRIL FOOL.


Assalamualaikum. Sorry for the long absence.
I hope everyone is doing just fine, alhamdulillah.
May our Iman and Amal are just as good too.

April fool? I bet some of you reading had at least once, experienced being the victim, or you yourself was one of those conducting the pranks.

What does Islam say about this?
Is it haraam or not?

Well, some say it is haraam and some say it is not, under their very own rationale. it is for us to judge. Let us look at the different opinions given by our muslim brothers.



THE ONE THAT SAYS IT IS HARAAAM.


Yes it is, because of the origins of April Fool's Day, OR because you would be lying, OR because you would be imitating the Kuffar. OR all three.

This is one version:

It was around a thousand years ago that Spain was ruled by Muslims. And the Muslim power in Spain was so strong that it couldn't be destroyed. The Christians of the west wished to wipe out Islam from all parts of the world and they did succeed to quite an extent. But when they tried to eliminate Islam in Spain and conquer it, they failed. They tried several times but never succeeded.

The unbelievers then sent their spies in Spain to study the Muslims there and find out what was the power they possessed and they found that their power was TAQWA. The Muslims of Spain were not just Muslims but they were practicing Muslims. They not only read the Quran but also acted upon it.

When the Christians found the power of the Muslims they started thinking of strategies to break this power. So they started sending alcohol and cigarettes to Spain free of cost. This technique of the west worked out and it started weakening the faith of the Muslims in particular the young generation of Spain. The result was that the Catholics of the west wiped out Islam and conquered the entire Spain bringing an end to the EIGHT HUNDRED LONG YEARS' RULE OF THE MUSLIMS in Spain. The last fort of the Muslims to fall, was Grenada (Gharnatah), which was on the 1st of April.

From that year onwards, every year they celebrate April fools day on the 1st of April, celebrating the day, they made a fool of the Muslims. They did not make a fool of the Muslim army at Gharnatah only, but of the whole Muslim Ummah. We, the Muslims, were fooled by the unbelievers. They have a reason to celebrate April fool day, to keep up the spirit.

Dear brothers and sisters, when we join in this celebration, we do so out of ignorance. If we had known about it, we would never have celebrated our own downfall.

So now, that we are aware of it, and now let us promise that we shall never celebrate this day. We should learn our lesson from the people of Spain, and shall try to become practicing Muslims, never to let anybody weaken our faith NOR FOOL ( OR MAKE A FOOL OF ) US ANY MORE.

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And even if not because of it's history, lying is Haram. Joking is considered lying also if it isn't true (unfortunately probably all of us still do this). Even if you were to feel content with just "joking", it is a Kafir "celebration", so by celelbrating it, we are imitating the Kuffar. We are supposed to separate ourselves and set examples with our actions, not drop ourselves to the level of the Kuffar. Our objective is to do Dawah by our actions, and this can't be done if we are blending in and adjusting our lifestyles with the Kuffar.

THE ONE THAT LEAVES IT TO YOU TO JUDGE.

Assalam alaikom dear brothers and sisters in Islam,

Bismillahir rahmanir rahim,

First of all I do not consider myself as a scholar to give fatwa but I am learning. Based on my very little and tiny knowledge I am saying something and I ask Allah (swt) for forgiveness if I say something incorrect which against our sweet deen.

I think before we say something haram, we really need to know whether it is mentioned by Allah (swt) in the Quran. If it is not mentioned as haram in Quran then we should not say that it is haram. Instead we could say that a true Muslim should not fool anybody (which includes Muslims and Non-Muslims) as it is mentioned in the Quran that “you will be rewarded for atom amount of good deeds that you have done in this life and also you will be accountable for atom amounts of bad deeds”. I do not remember exact ayah and which surah.

It is true that lying is completely prohibited in Islam as there is a beautiful hadith:
Narrated Abu Umamah (R): The Prophet (saw) said: “(a) I guarantee a home in Paradise for a person who gives up arguments and disputes even if he is on the truth. (b) And I also guarantee a home in the middle of the Paradise for a person who gives up lying (false statements) even while joking. (c) And I also guarantee a home in the hightest part of Paradise for a person who has a high standard of character.” (Abu Dawud, At-Tirmidhi, Nasai and Ibn Majah).

I remember one of the scholars was asked by someone that (a) is listening Music is haram and b) is keeping any animal (like dog, cat or any pictures which has ruh) at home is haram? He replied that don’t say anything haram to anybody unless it is really mentioned in the Quran as haram, instead you could say, choice is yours a) you wanna listen to music or you wanna listen to Quran recitation for which you will be rewarded, b) you like keep an animal/pictures of any animals at home or you want angel (malaikah) to be at your home because angels doesn’t come where there are any animals or any pictures of animals. Let them choose.

But pray for those who makes fun out of Muslims OR anybody, so that Allah (swt) gives them hadiah (guidance). If Allah (swt) can have His mercy to people who turns their back to Allah (swt) because He is the most merciful then why we wouldn’t try? Scholars says that if you make dua (supplicant) for others it also comes back to you, subhan-allah.

----IRSHAD----
SO, Allah has given us the greatest gift he did not shower the other creatures with. Use it wisely! It's sad to know some people even joke on death of a person ~

wassalamalaik.

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