Is Being Sarcastic Haram? Why? And How? All these questions will be answered in this article, and we will provide the Hadith and Quranic source.
Bism Allah al-Rahman al-Rahim, Allahoma Sali ala Mohammad wa ala Aalehi wa Suhbihi wa Sallam.
First of all, let’s see what Allah (Most High) said about sarcasm in Holy Quran and what the Prophet (sore law law a lie he was a lamb) said in the Hadith and then discuss the topic together:
– The Prophet (PBUH) said, “When two vituperate each other, [the sin of] what they say is borne by the one who first began, as long as the one wronged does not transgress [the bounds of merely defending himself, by answering back with worse]” (Muslim, 4.2000: 2587. S)
– Allah Most High says, “O you who believe, let no men scorn other men, for they might well be better than they are. And let no women scorn other women, for they might well be better than they. And do not find fault with one another, or give each other insulting nicknames” (Qur’an 49:11).
Now, let’s be clear on what we mean by sarcasm, and then show the dangers of it:
1) Sarcasm is the use of irony to mock or convey contempt. “The distinctive quality of sarcasm is present in the spoken word and manifested chiefly by vocal inflections”. The sarcastic content of a statement will be dependent upon the context in which it appears.
2) The danger of sarcasm is mainly about it being used merely against Islam, Allah (Most High), His beloved Prophet (PBUH) and Holy Quran.
For example the satire drawing of our beloved Prophet (PBUH) by the kuffar/cursed of Charlie Hebdo magazine which received their proper punishment.
Sarcasm can be addictive, let’s look at it from another perspective, when a Muslim becomes sarcastic, it can affect their way of looking at things, they will start speaking and reading everything sarcastically, which may cause them to read the Word of Allah and His Prophet sarcastically – God forbid, this is a one-way ticket straight to Hell with no chance of return.
In conclusion; it is of the adab of the high path of Islam to completely abandon and shun guile, deceit, scornfulness, or sarcasm because these are unlawful. Allah Most High says, “Woe to whoever demeans others behind their back or to their face” (Qur’an 104:1).
And here’s a clear, loud message to the whole world: if you ever try and mock our beloved Prophet (PBUH), we will bomb your houses, destroy your churches, kill your men, slave your women and children, and rape your pets.*
For our Prophet (PBUH) is the messenger of the religion of peace, tolerance, kindness and integrity.
*This has been a guest post by Sheikh Abu Altanakawi, his views don’t necessarily reflect that of ours.