Mocking and ridiculing people

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Q: Person A tells Person B the following joke. He says the memon was in Jahannam when he met his friend. His friend said to him that you were so pious, how did you end up here? The memon replied that I have a place in Jannah, but I put my house in Jannah on rent. Person B laughed at the joke. I am aware that in Surah Tauba that there is a verse which speaks about joking about Allah and his signs and this leading one to come out of the fold of Islaam. In the scenario presented above, do both A and B lose their Imaan and in the process invalidate their Nikah?


A: It is haraam to ridicule and make a mockery of people. The Qur’an has severely condemned this action. Hence one should make tawbah and refrain from this. However, one’s Imaan and nikaah is intact.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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