A Glimpse At The Humour In The Prophetic Sunnah
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On the authority of Abu Hurayrah (may Allah be pleased with him) who said that some of the Companions asked the Prophet (peace be upon him): "O Messenger of Allah, is it that you joke with us? He answered: "Yes, except that I only say that which is true." Sufyan al-Thawri (d. 167H) (May Allah have mercy on him) was asked: Is joking considered a shortcoming?" He replied: "No, rather, it is sunnah" Due to the lack of true knowledge of the Prophet’s (p.b.u.h) life and history in western print and media, far too many mistakenly imagine that the Prophet (p.b.u.h) – and the Religion – strictly prohibits joking and humor. However, in reality, if one truly considers the fact that Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) was the most complete human being to walk the earth, and his message the most comprehensive, it would make perfect sense that there would exist a very rich tradition of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h) utilizing humor in the course of calling to the Message of the Creator of mankind.