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Is Joking About Something Sinful Disbelief?

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Question: Is it true that if someone makes a joke or laughs about something sinful or something that we should be doing in Islam then this is kufr? Isn’t almost everything in life either a sin or a command from Allah through the Quran or sunnah/Hadith? Therefore I feel like almost everything we laugh about therefore relates to this.


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Laughing At a Sin Is Not Kufr

No, joking about sin or laughing about a sinful matter is not disbelief. It is, however, a sin to joke about sins or discuss them in a way in which one derives pleasure from it (Nabulsi, al Hadiqa al Nadiyya). One should work towards removing this from their speech.

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Mocking Islam Can Lead to Disbelief

Mockery of religion is a dangerous matter. It can lead to disbelief as it is a manifestation of a deeper problem. This is a deliberate action and not something that would happen accidentally. It’s best to bear in mind the words of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace), “Whoever is quiet is safe” (Tirmidhi).

May Allah protect us all.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

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