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26 June 2019 CE | 23 Shawwal 1440 AH
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On the authority of al-Hasan (radi Allahu anhu), Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “A gate of paradise will open to one of those who mock people and a cry will be heard, ‘Come here, come here,’ and he will come forward in concern and anxiety, but when he reaches it, it will close in front of him. And this will happen again and again, until the gate will open and the cry ‘Come here, come here,’ will be heard as before, but he will not approach because he knows it will only close in front of him.” [Ibn Abi Dunya]

Ridiculing others is forbidden in Islam. Imam Nahlawi says: “Ridicule entails showing disdain, sarcasm, or contempt for another in a way that causes laughter, whether by mimicking another's words or actions, by a gesture or by allusion.” [Quoted in Umdat us Salik/ Reliance of the Traveller]

“Sarcasm that offends the person ridiculed is unlawful because of the insult and disdain involved, such as by laughing at his way of speaking, what he does, how he looks, or his physique because of a defect therein. To laugh at any of these is to commit ridicule that is unlawful.” [Reliance of the Traveller (A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law) by Ahmad ibn Naqib al-Misri]

Allah the Exalted says, “O you who believe: let not some men deride others who might well be better than them; and let not some women ridicule others who might well be better than they. Do not belittle one another or insult one another with nicknames.” [Al-Quran 49:11]

In our society, it is considered cute to hurt people's feelings and respond to them with sarcasm. This tone is evident everywhere, and is especially prevalent in popular entertainment. The Islamic demeanor is the opposite of this. Even with people we dislike, we are still supposed to observe adaab: good manners, respect, and kindness.

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