Q: What does Islam say about joking? I heard that even if you are joking with someone it counts as a lie..
Time: Monday November 23, 2009 at 4:08 pm
A: All jokes are not lies. Islam loves humor. Rasulullah (SAW) practiced humor. Humor has limits. It cannot be inclusive of dirty jokes, ridiculing people, etc. Our jokes must be truthful. To lie is forbidden. We cannot make jokes that are offensive. To do so is a sin which demands forgiveness. Islam is a religion of good character. We must maintain the integrity and dignity of ourselves and our religion with the manner in which we communicate.
Jokes are not always funny!
If a person jokingly utters the words of divorce (talaq) , mentions the words of nikah (i have married you and said this in the presence of witnesses), affirms a debt, etc. then all such statements would function as realities, more so, if witnesses exist.
Our jokes are to be honest and clean at all times. This is what gives a Muslim their great value.
Allah Certainly Knows Best.