Humor in Islam
A little humor can do wonders for the soul. It can be a break from the seriousness of life, and it feels good to smile, and put a smile on someone else’s face. Karaz’s Shadi checks in to see the Islamic take on joking.
Islam is a religion of love. It promotes happiness, peace and good morals. As such, good morals and good behavior should be incorporated into everything—including joking. While Islam humor is allowed and has been practiced since the dawn of the religion, there are a few stipulations to follow. Here’s a list of 5 things to keep in mind on the comedic front:
1. Religion is Off Limits
Making fun of Islam or any aspect of the religion is disrespectful and demeaning. There are certain things that hold too much weight to joke about—and Islam, God, the Prophet, angles and such should just be off-limits.
2. Stay Honest
Even in jokes. Making up stories for the sake of laughs isn’t ok. Lying is bad habit and a negative trait. So instead of making up things, find the humor in daily life.
3. Don’t Make Fun of Others & Be Aware
Making fun of others, mocking people, making fun of other’s trials and tribulations is just plain mean. It shows low character to try and put other’s down and is usually a sign of an insecurity and weak personality of the ‘joker’. So forget being malicious or insult others on account of their troubles for a laugh or two. Respect others, respect their status, and keep conscious of where you are, when it’s appropriate and what you say.
4. Keep it Clean
Having a good character is paramount in Islam, and so using curse words or being vulgar, even in jokes goes against the principles of a good Muslim. Being funny doesn’t have to mean being obscene.
Scaring someone is frowned upon. It is narrated that the companions of the Prophet (PBUH) tied up their friend as he slept, and he woke up scared, to which the Prophet said, “It is not permissible for a Muslim to frighten another Muslim”.