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April Fools & Islam

“I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even if its just for the sake of fun”

Many theories have been put forward about how the tradition began. Unfortunately, none of them are conclusive. Thus, the origin of the “custom of making April fools” remains as much a mystery to us as it was back in 1708 CE.

"The most popular theory about the origin of April Fools’ Day involves the French calendar reform of the sixteenth century. The theory goes like this: In 1564 CE France reformed its calendar, moving the start of the year from the end of March to January 1. Those who failed to keep up with the change, and stubbornly clung to the old calendar system and continued to celebrate the New Year during the week that fell between March 25 and April 1, had jokes played on them. Pranksters would surreptitiously stick paper fish to their backs. The victims of this prank were thus called'poisson d’Avril', or April fish—which, to this day, remains the French term for April Fools' Day — and so the tradition was born."

 

The above was just to show the history of this event. However, it is not important to know what is its real source or how it originated. What matters to us is the ruling of lying on this day.

This practice certainly never existed in the bright eras of Islam during which the Muslims highly cherished the rulings of Islam and adhered to them as closely as they could. This event was certainly not initiated by the Muslims.

The unfortunate part is that many Muslims have made it a common practice for them to lie to their wives, friends or relatives and cause them great sorrow and frighten them by lying on this day, claiming that it is only a joke. Many a times, people have died as a result of some of these lies due to heart attacks or become paralyzed from the impact of the lie on them. Some people have even divorced their wives and others have uttered such lies about a man’s wife that he went and killed her.

There is no end to such tragic stories associated with this day. The only way one can restrain him/herself from falling in this evil practice is by remembering the Islamic ruling which prohibits lying even in jest.

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “Whoever imitates a people is one of them.” (Hadith narrated by Ahmad)

It was narrated from Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him)said: ”The signs of the hypocrite are three: when he speaks, he lies; when he makes a promise, he breaks it; and when he is entrusted with something, he betrays that trust.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari, 33; Muslim, 59)

Abu Umamah Al-Bahili (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said, “I guarantee a home in the middle of Jannah for one who abandons lying even if its just for the sake of fun” (Hadith-Abu Dawud).

 

 

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