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Name of Questioner

Samir   - France


Lying Jokingly


Dear scholars, As-Salamu `alaykum! Is it a sin if you jokingly say things but know it is wrong if you were to actually do it? For example, if you jokingly say you want to have a beer, but deep down you know it is haram, and you know you would never try it or even seriously think about trying it? Even though you may joke a lot about it but you've never tried it nor do you plan to try. Is it still sinful to joke like that? Jazakum Allah khayran.



Name of Mufti

Muzammil Siddiqi


Morals & Values


Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Dear questioner, we would like to thank you for the great confidence you place in us, and we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

In his response to the question you raised, Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi, former president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), states the following:

"Islam is not against jokes. Good humor is part of Islam. Many books of Hadith have chapters on the humor of the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him). These are called An-Nawadir or Al-Fukahah.

However, Islamic position is that even in jokes one should not tell a lie or laugh at or ridicule the laws of Allah. Allah Almighty says in the Qur'an: "If you question them, they declare (with emphasis); 'We were only talking idly and in play.' Say: 'Was it at Allah, and His Signs, and His Messenger that you were mocking?'" (At-Tawbah: 65)

Sometimes these types of jokes lead to sinful acts or at least they make a person take the Haram things lightly."

You can also read:

Does Islam go against laughter?

May Allah guide you to the straight path and direct you to that which pleases Him, Amen.

Allah Almighty knows best.


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