Humor is a pleasant element of human life. It is just as harmful to transgress in this regard, as it is incongruous to live a life without humor.
The jovial treatment of the little ones on the part of a great and pious personality, amuses them and increases their respect. which is not achieved in any other way.
So Hazrat Rasool Karim (PBUH) used to laugh and joke. He used to laugh and be happy with his companions. This is a pleasant gesture from the elders to the children.
But the humor must be innocent, clean and witty. Laughter or entertainment that is mixed with lies or deception and jokes that cause pain or defame someone – are impermissible and prohibited.
Hazrat Rasoolullah (SAW) pointed to this and said, ‘Do not quarrel with your brother and do not make fun of him. In other words, laughter and jokes that cause hardness in the heart or make people forget about the meditation of Allah or cause suffering to someone or destroy someone’s dignity and dignity, such laughter and jokes are prohibited. On the other hand, the humor that brings cheerfulness to the mind and the humor that is intended to enliven the body and mind in worship and daily activities and to remove physical and mental weariness and fatigue and is innocent is not only permissible but mustahab.
On the authority of Sahabi Hazrat Anas (RA), he said, ‘The Prophet (PBUH) sometimes called him (jokingly) ‘two-eared’. ‘ -Shamaeel at-Tirmidhi: 236
Hazrat Rasoolullah (SAW) addressed Hazrat Anas (R.A.) as having two ears and there was no lie or mistake in it. Hazrat Anas (R.A.) was called two ears of corn for some reason. For example, his two ears were relatively large or his hearing was strong. He could easily hear even distant words.
Similarly, Hazrat Rasoolullah (PBUH) used to laugh and have fun with small children. He gave them joy. Narrated by Hazrat Anas (R.A), he said Hazrat Rasool Kareem (S.A.) mingled freely with us. He even used to joke with my younger brother – ‘Abu Umayer ki kare nugair. ‘ That is, what is the condition of your bird? When Abu Umayr’s game bird dies, he suffers a lot. So for his amusement the Prophet (SAW) asked about the condition of the bird to comfort him. By talking to him like this, Hazrat Rasool Kareem (PBUH) removed his sorrow, he became happy.
We often joke with children and call him with bare hands and say – ‘Come and give me.’ ‘ This is lying, which is prohibited in Islam as it involves deception. First of all, it is a sin of deception. Secondly the child here receives an immoral education and the matter becomes rooted in his heart. When he grows up, it will no longer seem unfair or immoral to him.
Therefore, with whomever the laughter and jokes should be completely free of lies and deceit. Must be innocent and true.
On the authority of Hazrat Abu Hurairah (R.A.), he said: “O Messenger of Allah! Do you joke with us?” Hazrat Rasulullah (SAW) said, “I only tell the truth. (Even jokingly)” -Shamaeel Tirmidhi: 238
In another hadith, an old woman came to the Messenger of God (PBUH) and said, O Messenger of God! Please pray to Allah that He will grant me paradise. Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) (jokingly) said, O mother of such and such! No old woman will enter Paradise. Later the old woman was going back crying. Then the Prophet (peace be upon him) said to the Companions, go and tell him – he will not grow old; Rather, she will enter Paradise as a young woman and a perpetual virgin. -Shamaeel Tirmidhi: 241
Here also Hazrat Rasoolullah (PBUH) did not tell any lie or untruth. In this way, the Prophet (PBUH) used to laugh and joke with the Companions at various times. But he never resorted to lies or deception in jokes. Always joked about truth and reality.
Bangladesh Time: 1944 hours, November 14, 2023