By Ameenah Alansary
Some people joke to the point that it becomes habitual. Quite opposite from the serious nature which is a characteristic of the believers. Joking is a break, a rest from the ongoing seriousness of everyday life; it’s a little relaxation for the soul. ‘Umar ibn ‘Abd al-‘Azeez (may Allah have mercy on him) said: “Fear joking, for it is folly and generates grudges.”
An old woman came to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) and said: “O Messenger of Allah, pray to Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala) that I will enter Paradise.” He said jokingly, “O Mother of So-and-so, no old women will enter Paradise.” The old woman went away crying, so the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) said, “Tell her that she will not enter Paradise as an old woman, for Allah (subhanahu wa ta`ala) says: (We have created [their Companions] of special creation, and made them virgin-pure [and undefiled]) (Qur’an 56:35-36).” Reported by al-Tirmidhi, it is hasan because of the existence of corroborating reports.
However, the Prophet (sallalahu alayhi wa sallaam said): “Do not laugh too much, for laughing too much deadens the heart.” (Saheeh al-Jaami’, 7312). And at another place, He (SAW) said: “If you know what I know, you will laugh little and weep much.”