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The Prophet Speaking in Jest

Adil Salahi, Arab News

 

When people mention the Prophet (peace be upon him) they tend to think that he was always very serious and that he never spoke in jest or laughed at a joke. They hardly expect him to speak to someone jokingly or to act merrily. Yet the Prophet was relaxed, happy, and liked to spread a feeling of ease and happiness among his community. He also appreciated a funny remark.

 

Abu Hurayrah reports: “The Prophet was speaking to some people and a Bedouin was present. He mentioned that a man from among the dwellers of heaven asks God’s permission to plant (an area in heaven). The Lord asks him: ‘Are you not having everything you want?’ The man says: ‘Yes, indeed. But I do like to plant.’ As he plants, little time passes before it all shoots out, gets ripe, is harvested and then packed in heaps as big as mountains. God says: ‘You, human being! Take all this, as nothing will satisfy you.’ The Bedouin said: ‘Messenger of God! This man making this request must be from the Quraysh or from the Ansar. They are the people who plant, while we Bedouins do not.’ The Prophet smiled.â€

 

The Prophet’s smile was because the Bedouin wanted to dissociate himself from a man in heaven wishing to plant an area of it when he has all that he wished for. The denial takes a logical pattern with the Bedouin disclaiming any relation to such a person who wishes to do in heaven what he used to do on earth. Since Bedouins do not plant anything, moving from place to place, it would be unlikely that any one of them should make such a request in heaven. Hence, he said to the Prophet that the man must belong to the Quraysh or to the Ansar, both of whom were settled people in their cities. They were the ones who had their cultivation and may wish to have it in heaven. This intelligent comment brought a smile to the Prophet’s face.

 

Anas ibn Malik reports: “A man asked the Prophet to give him a mount. The Prophet said to him: ‘I will give you a she-camel’s son.’ The man said: ‘What use do I have for a she-camel’s son?’ The Prophet said: ‘What camel is not born to a she-camel?’†(Related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhi, Abu Dawood and Al-Bukhari in Al-Adab Al-Mufrad). Here we see the Prophet making a joke, as he tells the man who requests a mount that he would give him a she-camel’s son. The man takes it literally and thinks that the Prophet is giving him only a young camel that is not fit to travel any distance carrying a man on his back. But the Prophet explains that every camel is the son of a she-camel.

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The Prophet even made practical jokes. Anas ibn Malik reports: “A Bedouin called Zahir ibn Haram used to visit the Prophet bringing him gifts from his desert area. When he was about to leave, the Prophet would give him a good supply. The Prophet once commented: ‘Zahir is our man from the desert and we are his urban people.’ The Prophet loved him, but Zahir was rather ugly in appearance. One day the Prophet came on him as he was selling his stuff. The Prophet held him from the rear, while Zahir could not see him. He said to him: ‘Let me go! Who are you?’ He then turned his head and recognized the Prophet. He tried his best not to press his back against the Prophet’s chest. The Prophet said loudly: ‘Who will buy this slave?’ Zahir said: ‘Messenger of God! You will find me unsaleable.’ The Prophet said to him: ‘But with God, you are not unsaleable. As God’s slave, you are highly valued.’†(Related by Ahmad, Al-Tirmidhi and Abd Al-Razzaq).

 

Because of the high position the Prophet has in our hearts we can hardly imagine him making a practical joke like anyone of us could make with his friends. Yet here we see the Prophet doing what we would do, coming on someone from behind, taking him with both hands to make him unable to move. The man did what is normal in such a situation demanding his release and trying to find out who is playing a joke on him. But when he recognizes the Prophet he does not want to make any move that may cause any inconvenience to the Prophet. The Prophet carries the matter further and says jokingly that he is selling the man as a slave. Here we should note that the Prophet always said the truth, even when he joked. In this instance he meant that Zahir was God’s slave, or servant. Zahir responded to the Prophet’s joke and said that he would not fetch a high price, perhaps referring to his ugly looks. But the Prophet reassures him that his position with God is a good one.

 

On another occasion the Prophet joked with an old woman who asked him to pray for her to be admitted into heaven. The Prophet said: ‘No old woman will ever enter heaven.’ The woman turned away crying. The Prophet said to those nearby: ‘Tell her that no woman goes into heaven as an old woman.’ He then read the Qur’anic verses: ‘We shall have brought them into being in a life renewed, having resurrected them as virgins.’ (56: 35-36)

 

We need to remember that whenever the Prophet joked, he always said the truth. Never did the Prophet say a lie in earnest or in jest. When this old woman requested him to pray for her that she would be in heaven, he jokingly said to her that old women do not go into heaven. The woman thought that because she was old, she would never be in heaven. That was something to cause her to cry. But the Prophet did not wish to leave the woman in distress. He sent after her someone to tell her that his statement meant that no woman advanced in years would enter heaven in that condition. She would be resurrected in her prime of youth and enter heaven as a youth in her prime.

 

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Assalamau aliakum

 

Alhamdulillah that was cool. How to say jokes is clearer now...

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SALAM

 

jaazakllah for sharing this sis.

 

definalty makes clear how we should joke in truth.

 

wasalam.

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:D

 

that certainly was something that touched my soul. and also gave me an alternate way to channel my freaky genes.

 

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SALAM

 

nd also gave me an alternate way to channel my freaky genes.

 

lol dont know why but that made me crack out loud haha.

 

wasalam.

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:ws:

 

Excellent topic.

 

Any more stories please from the prophet (peace be upon him) maing jokes??

 

Also the Sahabah and any humorous antics?

 

It always helps when you give Dawah i guess :D

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As Salamu Alaikum

 

Jazak Allah Khair for sharing.

 

There is a story that I recall personally, I don't have the reference or hadith to back it up at this time so you don't have to take my words seriously.

 

Anyway the story goes in summary of what I can remember:

 

The Prophet :saw: and his companions were sitting and they had dates with them. Umar (ra) had his dates in front of him and the Prophet :saw: was sitting beside him. When Umar (ra) turned the other way, the Prophet :saw: took a date and ate it which belonged to Umar (ra) (as a joke). And Umar (ra) then noticed and he felt joy at that moment and said something to the Prophet :saw: (can't remember the words said).

 

Anyway I think alot of us forget that the Prophet Muhammad :saw: was HUMAN (even though we know we forget), but he was as perfect as any man can be.

 

Also I found a pdf on the net:

 

(www.)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_www.ummah(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/Islam/taqwapalace/humour.pdf"]Islam and Humour[/url]

 

Allah knows Best. If I am in error may Allah forgive me.

 

Fahid

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SALAM

 

jaazakallah al khair for the referring story.

and i agree with you that sometimes we forget that muhammed(saw) was only human just like us. who ate,sleep, and drank.

alluhumduliallah for the reminder and Allah-wallah(Allah knows best)

 

wasalam. :D

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:D

 

:D bro fahid! :D Masha'Allah, I was reading up on the Prophet's humor and found some more examples..

 

Playfulness:

Ahmad reported that 'A'ishah said: "I went out with the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) on a journey. At that time I was a young girl and was quite slender. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) told the people, 'Go on ahead,' so they went ahead, then he said to me, 'Come, let us have a race.' So I raced with him, and I won. He let the matter rest until I had gained weight. Later, I accompanied him on another journey. He told the people, 'Go on ahead,' so they went ahead. He said to me, 'Come, let us have a race.' So I raced with him, and he won. He began to laugh, and said, 'This is for that."' :D

[bukhari]

 

Joking to reform the companions:

 

Khawwaat Ibn Jubayr Al-Ansaari was sitting with some women from the tribe of Banu Ka'b on the road leading to Makkah, listening to their talk. The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) came across him there and asked him: "O Abu Abdullaah, what are you doing sitting with these ladies?" He replied: "I lost my camel and came looking for it" (as a false excuse). The Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) left him and went to take care of some affairs. After a while he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) returned and teased him saying: "O Abu Abdullaah, has your camel given up running away from you yet?" Khawwaat said: I was embarrassed and kept silent, and was avoiding him after that (because the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) realised that Khawwaat was just trying to justify his sitting with the women), until we went back to Madeenah when he saw me in the Masjid while I was praying, so he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) sat down next to me waiting for me to finish my prayer. Due to this, I prolonged my prayer, he (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Don't prolong your prayer as I awaiting for you." So I finished my prayer, then he said teasing me again: "O Abu Abdullaah, has your camel given up running away from you yet?" I was embarrassed and kept silent, so he stood up and left and I kept avoiding him until one day he (sallallaahu 'alaihi wa sallam) saw me while he was riding his donkey and said: "O Abu Abdullaah, has your camel given up running away from you yet?" So I replied: "I swear by Him Who sent you with the truth, my camel has never run away from me since I became a Muslim!" (i.e., confessing to his sin which the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) was trying to teach him to do by his joke) so the Prophet (sallallaahu alaihi wa sallam) said: "Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar, O Allaah, guide Abu Abdullaah." After this, Khawwaat Ibn Jubayr Al-Ansaari became a much better Muslim.

[Tabaraani]

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:D

 

The Prophet's Companions:

Imam Ahmad reports from from Umm' Salamah (radhiallahu `anha). Abu Bakr (radhiallahu `anhu) went to do business in Busra, and with him were Nu'ayman and Suwaybit ibn Harmalah (radhiallahu `anhuma), both of whom had been present at Badr. Suwaybit was in charge of food on the journey, and Nu'ayman said to him, "Feed me!" Suwaybit said, "Not until Abu Bakr (radhiallahu `anhu) comes." Nu'ayman was a fun-loving man with a sense of humour, so he went to some people who had brought livestock with them, and said, "Will you buy a sturdy Arab slave from me?" They said, "Yes." He said, "He has a big mouth, and he may tell you that he is a free man. If that means that you do not want to take him, then forget the matter, and do not cause trouble for me with him." They said, "No problem, we will buy him." So they bought him for ten young she-camels. Nu'ayman brought the animals back, and told the people: "There he is!" Suwaybit said: "I am a free man!" They said, "He has already told us all about you," and put a rope around his neck and led him away. Then Abu Bakr came, and was told what had happened. He and his companions went and returned the animals and took Suwaybit back. They told the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) what had happened, and he and his Sahabah would laugh about the story for a year afterwards. :D

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Any lady who was called Barrah immediately got her name changed to something else, for 'barrah' meant 'good', and the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) explained that if he did not change that name he would never be able to say 'goodbye', for it hurt him to bid farewell to the Good.

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Once Ali was sleeping on the ground and was covered with dust. Muhammad :D happened to pass that way and said to Ali, "up Abu Turab (father of dust)."

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Once Abu Hurairah was playing with a cat when Muhammad came along and said, "Abu Hurairah (father of cats)." [This is how he got his name]

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The Prophet's (Allah bless him and give him peace) wives were known as 'the glass vessels'. Anas recorded how he and Umm Sulaym had been in company with the Prophet's (Allah bless him and give him peace) wives once while they were travelling in howdahs, being hurried along by Anjasha's singing. 'Gently, O Anjasha,' cried the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) to the camel-driver. 'Be careful - these camels are carrying delicate glass vessels. Don't break them.' [Muslim 5746] :D

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:D Some more! Enjoy! :D :

 

One of the keenest diggers was the 'little beetle', Amr b. Suraqah (Ju'ayl). One of his companions gave rhythm to his digging with the song: 'His name he changed, Ju'ayl to Amr, gave the poor man that day his help.' The Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) joined in by only shouting the words at the end of each line loudly, making people laugh.

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Hilarious Pranks:

A Bedouin came to the Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam). He entered the Masjid and left his camel in the courtyard. Some of his Companions said to Nu'ayman ibn 'Amr al-Ansari, who was known as al-Nu'ayman: "If you slaughter it, we will eat it, because we want to have some meat, and the Messenger of Allah (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) will pay for it." So al-Nu'ayman slaughtered it. Then the Bedouin came out and saw his saddle, so he shouted, "They have slaughtered my camel, O Muhammad!" The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) came out and asked: "Who did this?" They said, "Al-Nu'ayman." So he went looking for him, and found him at the home of Duba'ah bint al-Zubayr ibn 'Abdul Muttalib (radhiallahu `anha), where he had hidden in a ditch and covered himself with palm branches and leaves. A man pointed to where he was and said, loudly, "I have not seen him, O Messenger of Allah." The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) brought him out of the ditch, and his face was dirty from where the leaves had fallen on him. The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) asked him, "Why did you do that?" Al-Nu'ayrnan said: "The ones who told you where I was, O Messenger of Allah, are the same ones who told me to do it." The Prophet (sallallahu `alayhi wa sallam) began wiping his face and laughing, then he paid the price of the slaughtered camel.

[see Hayat As Sahabah, 3/154, 155]

The Shielded Soldier:

Amir Ibn Sad (ra) said: That his father told him that he had seen the Prophet laughing so heartily that his grinders had become visible. The narrator asked his father why it had happened so on the day of the battle of the Trenches. He further (Sad) said, 'There was a man (among the enemy soldiers) who had a shield which he moved this way and that just to save his forehead from the arrows. I took out an arrow and just at the moment when that man raised his head up a little, I shot it at his forehead. The arrow did not miss the man, and the man fell down with his legs raised up. At this the Prophet laughed so heartily that his grinders became visible." On being asked the reason of the Prophet's laughter, he said that he laughed at what he had done.

[Tirmidhi, chapter of Shamail p 16]

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This made me smile :D for sharing.

 

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salam akueim

 

jazallah khair for sharing that

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That was beautiful! Made me laugh! I think humour is equally has important as being a good mulim. :D

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Salam,

thanks for sharing that was so nice...

everything that has to do with Prophet Muhammad (SW) is so nice..

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A man broke his fast (intentionally) during Ramadan. The Messenger of Allah (saws) commanded him to emancipate a slave or fast for two months, or feed sixty poor men. He said, "I cannot provide."

The Apostle said, "Sit down." Thereafter, a huge basket of dates was brought to the Messenger of Allah. He said, "Take this and give it as charity."

He said, "O Messenger of Allah, there is no one poorer than I."

The Messenger of Allah thereupon laughed so that his canine teeth became visible and said, "Eat it yourself." - Sunan Abu Dawood Vol. 2, #2386

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:)

 

:j: :)

 

Habeebi yaa rasool Allah :sl: :sl:.

 

Jazaakum Allah kheyr brothers and sisters!

Edited by xXxXMuslima-4-LifeXxXx

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I heard of a hadeeth in which it mentions that once, the Messenger of Allah peace and blessings be upon him, and Ali, may Allah be pleased with him, were both sitting down together eating dates, and everyime Ali would finish eating a date, he would put the seed in front of Muhammad PBUH and Muhammad wouldn't say anything, until they had both finished and Ali said something along the lines of: Have you eaten all those dates, O messenger of Allah (because of the many seeds in front of Muhammad)? And the messenger of Allah replied: And have you eaten your dates with their seeds?!

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