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A narration regarding excessive laughter

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

The Messenger of Allah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said, “The one who laughs a lot will be afflicted with ten things, his heart will die, he will lack shame and honour, Satan will laugh at him, [Allah] the Merciful will be angry with him, he will be held to account on the Day of Judgement, the Prophet sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) will turn away from him on the Day of Qiyamah, the Angels will curse him, those in the heavens and earth will detest him, he will forget everything, and he will be exposed on the Day of Judgement”

 

Answer

I have not come across this narration in any Primary Hadith source nor have I come across a chain of narrators. This narration appears in the book ‘Al Munabbihat/Al Isti’dad Li Yawmil Ma’ad’ which is incorrectly attributed to Hafiz Ibn Hajar Al ‘Asqalani (rahimahullah). See more regarding this book and the attribution to Hafiz Ibn Hajar here.

The Hadith in question should not be quoted until it can be verified.

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has recorded a narration on the authority of Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) which states, “Abstain from excessive laughter as excessive laughter causes the heart to die”

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2305. See the full Hadith here)

 

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar