Spreading Jokes about Jurisprudential Rulings
Fatwa No: 449218

  • Fatwa Date:21-10-2021 - Rabee' Al-Awwal 15, 1443
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Question

السَّلاَمُ عَلَيْكُمْ وَرَحْمَةُ اللهِ وَبَرَكَاتُهُ, There are a few jokes online about some rulings within the madhahib. For instance, in the Shafi’I madhab there is a minority opinion that touching one’s wife breaks the wudu, so people show pictures of a couple holding hands in front of a masjid or wearing gloves etc. as a joke alluding to this ruling. Would this be considered as mocking the deen of All?h?

Answer

All perfect praise be to Allah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah, and that Muhammad  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention ) is His slave and Messenger.

Such jokes that are intended to refer to some jurisprudential rulings if it does not despise the rulings of the Sharee’ah or mocking and making fun of it, then it is not included in mocking the religion. Al-Ghazali  may  Allaah  have  mercy  upon  him said in Ihyaa’ ‘Uloom ad-Deen: “The meaning of mocking is disdaining and belittling and pointing out to the faults and defects in a manner that makes people laugh.” [End of quote]

However, this does not mean that it is permissible to spread, circulate, and publicize these jokes. Issues related to Islamic rulings should be preserved from humor, misuse, and mockery.

For more benefit on mocking the religion of Islam or its rituals, please refer to Fataawa 5088, 328495, 246388, 207718, 91548, 196391 and 88261.

Allah Knows best.

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