For decades people have developed their imaginations to lie every year on April 1st, or what we call April fool’s Day. Is a Muslim allowed to lie on April fool’s Day according to Islam?
Lying is forbidden “Haram” in Islam. Muslim and Boukhary report that the Prophet, peace be upon him, said: “It is obligatory for you to tell the truth, for truth leads to virtue and virtue leads to Paradise, and the man who continues to speak the truth and endeavors to tell the truth is eventually recorded as truthful with Allah, and beware of telling of a lie for telling of a lie leads to obscenity and obscenity leads to Hell-Fire, and the person who keeps telling lies and endeavors to tell a lie is recorded as a liar with Allah. “
Lying is allowed in three cases
He is not a liar who: reconciles people, promotes good, according to the hadith of Prophet Mohamed. Lying is allowed in Islam only in these 3 following cases:
- In times of war, we have the right to lie to the enemy.
- In the relationship between a man and his wife, both have the right to lie to flatter their other half.
- To reconcile two people, we can lie by limiting ourselves to the minimum.
These three cases are examples of permission to lie for considerable benefit.
Another rule is allowed in Islam: indirect speech which can be a way of avoiding a lie. Using words that have multiple meanings, which can be ambiguous so as not to lie.