Uttering words which displease Allah merely to make people laugh

Question

Is this Hadith authentic?

Laughter which enrages Allah is that of a man whilst speaking about (even) the Haqq and about batil doing so to evoke laughter. He will be cast into Jahannam to tumble [into its depths] for seventy years.

 

Answer

This is probably understood from the following Hadith recorded in Musnad Bazzar:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “A person may utter a word which displeases Allah which he does not see any harm in just to make people laugh. He will be cast into Jahannam [to tumble into its depths] for seventy [years].”

(Musnad Bazzar, Hadith: 8557)

 

Imams Tirmidhi and Ibn Majah (rahimahumallah) have recorded the following narration:

In Sunan Tirmidhi, the Hadith appears under the chapter “One Who Says Something to Make People Laugh”:

Sayyiduna Abu Hurayrah (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “Indeed a man may utter a statement that he does not see any harm in, but for which he will fall seventy [years] in the Fire.

(Sunan Tirmidhi, Hadith: 2314, Sunan Ibn Majah, Hadith: 3970)

 

Imam Tirmidhi (rahimahullah) has declared the Hadith sound (hasanun gharib).

Also see: Targhib, vol. 3 pg. 536-537

 

Also see here and here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar