Do not tell lies to children
It so happened once in the presence of the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم that a lady wanted to attract a child to hold him in her lap, but the child was not inclined to go near that lady. The lady tried to tempt the child by promising to offer him something. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم asked her if she really wanted to give the child something or was only cajoling him. The lady replied that if the child came to her she intended to give him dates. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم told the lady that if she had attracted the child only to cajole him without giving him anything the sin of one lie would have been recorded in her record of deeds. (Abu Daood Hadlth
This Hadith contains a lesson that even children should not be told lies, nor should be betrayed if promise made to them. If you do not follow this lesson, the child will become bold on these sins fi-om the very beginning of his life.
Do not tell lies even in Jokes
We have become used to tell lies only by way of jokes and recreation, although the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has forbidden us to tell lies even in jokes. He صلى الله عليه وسلم has said in a Hadith to warn that a painfil punishment awaits that person who tells lies only to make persons laugh. (Abu Daood. Hadith. no. 4990)
Abstain from lying
The habit of telling lies has spread in our society like an epidemic. Even highly educated people regular in their prayers, daily routines of rehearsals and having spiritual links with saints are involved in this vice. They too do not feel that it is a sin to issue wrong certificates. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has said in a Hadith (when he talks, he tells lies). All these acts are included in the meaning of this Hadith. To consider them outside the limits of Deen is the worst type of straying. It is imperative to avoid these sins and mis-deeds.
The Prophet’s way of cutting Jokes
The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم has also sometimes indulged in jokes and recreations. He صلى الله عليه وسلم however, never said anything that involved a lie or a mis-statement. It may be mentioned, by way of an example, that once an old woman called upon the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم and requested him to pray for her entry into Paradise. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم told that
woman that no old woman would find admission into Paradise. Hearing this, the woman started weeping. Then the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم explained to her that no woman would enter Paradise in the state of her senility, but before entering Paradise old women would be converted into youthful damsels. This fine joke has no trace of falsehood in it, yet it is enjoyable. (From Shamarl-Tirmidhi)
A Unique Style of Joke
A villager called upon the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمand begged of him a she-camel. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمpromised
to give him the young one of she-camel. The villager said: 0 Prophet of Allah صلى الله عليه وسلم, what shall I do with the young one of a
she-camel. I want a grown-up she-camel for riding. The Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمtold the villager that the she-camel given to
him would after all be the young one of some she-camel. Thus, the Holy Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلمindulged in a fine joke, which
was neither a lie nor a mis-statement. This emphasizes the need of guarding your tongue against lies even in a joke. Not with standing all this, fabricated and exaggerated stories are current among us and we relate them to listeners by way of jokes and recreation. All this falls within the definition of lying. May Allah save us from this. (Shamail Tarmdhi)
Occasions on which telling lies is permitted
There are however, occasions on which Almighty Allah has allowed telling lies. The occasions are such on which a man’s life is in serious danger or he is exposed to some unbearable torture or oppression from which he cannot save him without telling lies. Even in such critical situations the injunction is that as far as possible man should avoid telling clear-cut lies. He should save himself by using sope ambiguous expressions conveying double meanings.