Also whats the ruling on being sarcastic?  Does that come under lying to make ppl laugh?


Allah says:

يأَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ ءَامَنُواْ لاَ يَسْخَرْ قَوْمٌ مِّن قَوْمٍ عَسَى أَن يَكُونُواْ خَيْراً مِّنْهُمْ وَلاَ نِسَآءٌ مِّن نِّسَآءٍ عَسَى أَن يَكُنَّ خَيْراً مِّنْهُنَّ وَلاَ تَلْمِزُواْ أَنفُسَكُمْ وَلاَ تَنَابَزُواْ بِالاٌّلْقَـبِ بِئْسَ الاسْمُ الْفُسُوقُ بَعْدَ الايمَانِ وَمَن لَّمْ يَتُبْ فَأُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الظَّـلِمُونَ

O you who believe! Let not a group scoff at another group, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor let (some) women scoff at other women, it may be that the latter are better than the former. Nor defame yourselves, nor insult one another by nicknames. Evil is the name of wickedness after faith. And whosoever does not repent, then such are indeed wrongdoers.


Allah the Exalted forbids sarcasm towards the people, which implies humiliating and belittling them. In the Sahih, it is recorded that the Messenger of Allah said,

«الْكِبْرُ بَطَرُ الْحَقِّ وَغَمْصُ النَّاس»

(Arrogance is refusing the truth and belittling people.)

And in another Version

«غَمْطُ النَّاس»

(And despising people)

It is forbidden to scoff at and belittle people. (This is) for the injured party could be more honored and dearer to Allah the Exalted than those who ridicule and belittle them.

[Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

Shaikh Ibn ul-‘Uthaymeen rahimahullah said:

“Sarcasm can be in regards to appearance by mocking the appearance of man. It can also be in regards to physical features; (labelling people as being) short or tall or fat or thin or what resembles that. Sarcasm can also be in speech by imitating his speech mockingly like how some of the foolish ones imitate the voice of some of the reciters or some of the scholars mockingly. And in Allah refugee is sought. It can also be in dealings; He mocks his dealings with the people and the way he walks. What is important (to notice in the end) is (that) every type of sarcasm/mockery of your brother enters into this verse


[Sharh Riyaadus-Saliheen (1/1841)]

Translated by

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan