There Is No Harm In Joking As Long As It Is Truthful
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
What is the ruling concerning joking? Is it considered
useless and vain speech? Note that it does not contain
any ridiculing of the religion.
Jazakum allah alf Khair
Praise be to Allaah.
Wa 'alaykum al-salaam wa rahmat-Allaahi wa barakaatuhu.
There is no harm in joking by words and anecdotes, if
they are truthful and real, especially if it is not
done often. The Prophet (peace be upon him) used to
joke but he would only speak the truth. If it is with
lying, then it is not allowed. The Prophet (peace be
upon him) said, "Woe to the one who speaks and tells a
lie in order to make the people laugh at it. Woe to
him. Then again, woe to him."
This was recorded by Abu Dawud, al-Tirmidhi and
al-Nasal with a good chain.
Shaikh ibn Baz