Do not celebrate April Fool’s Day
The strongest reason why testimonies, fatawaa and reports may be rejected is lying, because it corrupts the very essence of the testi-mony, fatwa or report. It is like the testimony of a blind man con-cerning sighting the new moon, or the testimony of a deaf man concerning having heard the admission of someone.
The lying ton-gue is like some faculty that is no longer working. Indeed it is even worse than that, for the most evil thing a man may possess is a ly-ing tongue. (A’laam al-Muwaqqi‘een, 1/95 ) 4. Blackening of the face in this world and in the Hereafter .
Allaah says: “And on the Day of Resurrection you will see those who lied against Allaah (i.e. attributed to Him sons,partners) their faces will be black”
Ibn al-Qayyim said: Hence on the Day of Resurrection Allaah will make blackened fac-es the sign of the one who told lies about Him and His Messenger. Lying has a great effect in blackening the face and covering it with a mask of shame which every truthful person will be able to see. The feature of the liar is clearly visible in the face, and everyone who has the eyes to see can see it. But Allaah will bless the truthful person with dignity and respect, so whoever sees him will respect him and love him, and He will give the liar humiliation and shame, so whoever sees him will loathe him and despise him. And Allaah is the Source of strength. (A’laam al-Muwaqqi‘een, 1/95 ) 5. The liar will have the flesh of his cheeks torn to the back of his head.
The Comments of the Salaf on Lying
1. ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Mas‘ood said: “A man may speak the truth and persist in doing so until there is in his heart not even room for evil the size of a needle. Or a man may tell lies and persist in doing so un-til there is in his heart not even room for truth the size of a needle.”
2. And it was narrated that he said: “It is not correct to tell lies whether in jest or in serious-ness,” Then ‘Abd-Allaah recited the aayah: “O you who believe! Be afraid of Allaah, and be with those who are true (in words and deeds)” [al-Tawbah 9:119]
3. Abu Bakr al-Siddeeq said: “Beware of lying, for it has nothing to do with faith.”
4. It was narrated that Sa’d ibn Abi Waqqaas said: “The believer may acquire all sorts of characteristics ex-cept treachery and lying.”
5. It was narrated that ‘Umar () said: “True faith is not achieved until one gives up lying in jest.” (Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah, 5/235, 236)
With regard to “April Fool” (in Arabic, Kidhbat Neesaan or the lies of April), the origin of this lying is not known for sure. There are differ-ing opinions concerning that: Some of them said that it developed from the celebrations of spring at the equinox on March 21.
Some of them said that this innovation appeared in France in 1564 CE, after the introduction of a new calendar, when a person who had refused to accept the new calendar became the victim of some people who had subjected him to embarrassment and made fun of him, so he became a laughing-stock for others. Some of them said that this innovation goes back to ancient times and the pagan celebrations connected to a specific date at the begin-ning of spring, so this is the remnant of pagan rituals. It was said that hunting in some countries was unsuccessful during the first days of the hunt in some countries. This was the origin of these lies which are made up on the first day of April.
There are the endless stories and incidents that we hear of, all of which are lies which are forbidden in Islam and unacceptable to common sense or honest chivalry.
We have seen how Islam forbids lying even in jest, and it forbids frightening a Muslim whether in seriousness or in jest, in words or in actions.
This is the law of Allaah in which is wisdom and care for people’s cir-cumstances. And Allaah is the Source of Strength.
[Note: all translations are interpretations of the meaning.