Uztaz Abdul-Ganiy Abdul- Mutiu
By Sodiq Lawal
A notable Islamic cleric in Ile -Ife, Osun State, Ustaz Abdulganiy Abdul Mutiu has urged Muslims across to kick against celebration of April fool describing it as “inhuman and ungodly jokes”
Abdul Mutiu while delivering a lecture on Saturday at Iremo, Mosque, Ile – Ife said April fool is a dishonest tradition which against all religion doctrine when people lie, play jokes and mock in the name of entertainment.
He stated further that this ugly practice of lying, which is considered to be merely a humor, is known to have caused great harm to many people in different way such that can lead to trauma and deaths.
He explained that this dishonest tradition is not only practiced among the common masses, but also newspapers and magazines participate in it by publishing false news and untrue stories on the first day of April.
He explained further that it is a tradition which directly contradicts the teachings and morals of Islam.
H said lying is a characteristic of hypocrisy and Allah strictly forbade lying at all times.
According to him, Prophet Muhammad has specifically cursed the person who lies to make people laugh
He quoted and hadith brought by Abu Dawood thsat “Woe be on one who speaks and lies in order to make people laugh, woe be on him.”
He narrated that the above hadith show the gravity of participating in the false tradition of April fool, which the western tradition appreciates and encourages claiming that it brings joy and amusement.
Abdul – Mutiu added that Prophet Muhammed forbade lying and deceiving even if the intention of the person is to amuse people.
He however warned that the Holy Prophet had described the punishment for liars as very severe.