LYING AND APRIL FOOLS DAY

Allah says in the Qur’aan: “Truly,Allah guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever.” (Suratuz-Zumar 39:3)

Ibn Mas’ud (radhiallahu anhu) narrated from the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam): “Truthfulness leads to righteousness and righteousness leads to Paradise. A man keeps on telling the truth until he is written with Allah as Siddiq (a truthful person). Kadhib (lying) leads to wickedness and wickedness leads to hell-fire. A man keeps on telling lies until he is written with Allah as a liar.”

Abdullah bin “Amr bin Al-‘As (radhiallahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “Whoever has the following four traits will be a pure hypocrite: and whoever has one of these four traits will have one trait of hypocrisy unless he gives it up: 1) whenever he is entrusted he betrays, 2) whenever he speaks he tells a lie, 3) whenever he makes a promise he breaks it, 4) whenever he argues he behaves in an insulting manner.

The Messenger of Allah, (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) was asked, ‘Can the mu’min be a coward?’ He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the mu’min be a miser? He said, ‘Yes.’ He was asked, ‘Can the mu’min be a liar?’ He said, ‘No.’

One unlslamic day that is celebrated around the world is called April fools day. The origin of this day is clouded in misery. There are many versions of the origins of this evil holiday which will inshallah be discussed later. The main purpose for this brief bayan is to act on the hadith, which says, “The religion is good advice.”

Lying is one of the worse sins and is considered in Islam a major sin. The hadiths mentioned above show adequately enough the dislike Islam has for lying. When one tells the truth he is in fact doing something that Allah is pleased with. But when the person lies Allah becomes angry. This fact is true for children and adults, rich and poor, master and slave. Two hadiths illustrate this point very well:

Three (are the persons) with whom Allah would neither speak nor would He absolve them on the Day of Resurrection: the aged adulterer, the king who lies and the proud beggar.

Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin Al-‘As (radhiallahu anhu) said: the messenger of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) came to our house while I was a young boy. I went out to play. My mother said, “O Abdullah! Come, so I may give you (something).” The prophet (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: “What did you want to give him?” she said, “Dates.” He said, “if you were not going to do it, it would be written against you as a lie.”

The later hadith is very important because it illustrates the behavior that is not looked upon as lying. Just like when you try to make someone laugh, in order to do it you tell a small lie. Even though you look upon it as a small lie or not even a lie but just a joke, it is still a big sin in Islam. A hadith by Hadhrat Muawiyah (radhiallahu anhu) it states that the prophet of Allah (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) said: woe to him who talks and lies to make people laugh. Woe to him. Woe to him.

So know for sure that the film stars and television stars that are known to be great comedians although they are wealthy and famous in this world, in the hereafter they will be amongst the greatest losers. They claim to bring joy into the hearts of people with they’re lying and joking; that is the justification for they’re committing a major sin. May Allah save us all from this type of thinking.

So when this day (April fools day) comes, and you are invited to play tricks and tell jokes to others remember the angry of Allah that you are inviting upon yourself. A very famous hadith states that a Muslim is the one who the other Muslims are safe from his hand and his tongue. That means the community of Muslims is saved from all types of your mischief, whether it is verbal (like lying) or non-verbal (like pranks that you would play on one another). This is the proper way, all year ‘round.

HISTORY AND ORIGINS OF APRIL FOOLS DAY
Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year’s Day on April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.)

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar, (the Gregorian Calendar), to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar changed the order of the months and called for New Year’s Day to be celebrated January 1.

In France, however, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year’s Day on April 1.

Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on “fool’s errands” or trying to trick them into believing something false.

The French came to call April 1 Poisson d’Avril, or “April Fish.” French children sometimes tape a picture of a fish on the back of their schoolmates, crying “Poisson d’Avril” when the prank is discovered.”

Various sources have even claimed that April Fooling may have originated in the Hindu festival of Huli or Holi. This is held in March and originally lasted for five days but in modern time’s only covers two days. On the first day bonfires is lit and on the second day people throw colored powder and water over each other. Holi is associated with the demoness, Holika.

Prince Prahlad worshipped Vishnu despite being persecuted by Holika, who was immune to fire. Holika tried to kill Prahlad by holding him while a bonfire was lit around them. But Holika was consumed by the flames and Prahlad emerged unscathed. The feast commemorates the defeat of evil.”

These are some of the more common versions of the origin of April fools day. There is also one related to the fall of the Muslim empire in Spain:

In Spain, after centuries of Muslim rule, the Moors were overwhelmed by the Christian Army. However, the Moors were fortified in their homes. The Christian armies wanted to get rid of the Muslims somehow. They told the Muslims that they could leave their homes safely and could take only the necessary things from their homes. They were told they could sail away in the ships anchored on the quayside. The Muslims did wonder if this ploy was a trick. The Muslims were requested to go to the quayside to check the ships. They did so and were convinced. They then made preparations to leave. The next day, 1st April, they took their essential belongings and walked towards the quayside. The Christians looted their homes and then set fire to them. Before the Muslims got to the ships, the Christians had set fire to the ships as well. The Christians then attacked the Muslims and killed them all: men, women and children. They then celebrated this carnage. This then became a ritual that was celebrated every year and that has been carried on until this day not only in Spain but in other countries, too.

No matter which version is correct, the fact of the matter is that a practicing Muslim will not adopt a practice in his life which goes against the teachings of Islam, which this day clearly leads one to do.

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