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Advice To One Who Deliberately Makes A Praying Person Laugh And Distracts Him From His Prayer By Talking To Him

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Rufai Oladimeji
Lagos State University
100Level, Nigeria.

There are some young people who
deliberately make people who are
praying laugh, and distract them by
talking. We would like you to tell us
some hadeeths on this topic, that
will help us to advise them.
Is the hadeeth “Whoever makes a
praying person laugh has made a
thousand angels weep” a saheeh


Praise be to Allaah.
Prayer is the most important symbol
of Islam; Allah emphasized its
importance when He chose the
heavens to be the place where He
enjoined it upon our Prophet
Muhammad (blessings and peace of
Allah be upon him) during his ascent
into heaven (Mi‘raaj). And He also
emphasized its importance when He
first enjoined it upon His Prophet
Moosa (peace be upon him), when
He spoke to him alone on the right
side of al-Toor, and said to him
(interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, I am Allaah! Laa ilaaha illa
Ana (none has the right to be
worshipped but I), so worship Me,
and perform As‑Salaah
(Iqaamat‑as‑Salaah) for My
remembrance” [Ta-Ha 20:14].
He emphasized its importance when
He made it the foundation and pillar
of faith. Whoever neglects it will be
more neglectful of other duties, and
whoever prays regularly, it will be
light and a protection for him on
the Day of Resurrection. Hence it is
the main aspect of the straight path
and the one of the fundamentals of
the true religion, as Allah says
(interpretation of the meaning):
“And they were commanded not, but
that they should worship Allaah,
and worship none but Him Alone
(abstaining from ascribing partners
to Him), and perform As‑Salaah
(Iqaamat‑as‑Salaah) and give
Zakaah, and that is the right
religion” [al-Bayyinah 98:5].
If the Muslim recognizes the
importance of prayer in the Islamic
religion and have respect in his
heart for what Allah has enjoined of
honouring the symbols of Allah, as
He says (interpretation of the
meaning): “Thus it is an obligation
that mankind owes to Allaah] and
whosoever honours the Symbols of
Allaah, then it is truly, from the
piety of the hearts” [al-Hajj 22:32],
then he will realize that distracting
one who is praying and trying to
make him laugh or move or speak is
a kind of tampering with what is
sacred, and there is the fear that
the one who does this will come
under the heading of those who
mock the symbols of Islam, which is
one of the causes of falling into
apostasy, Allah forbid. The Prophet
(blessing and peace of Allah be upon
him) said: “If the one who passes in
front of one who is praying knew
what (sin) he incurs, he would
realize that waiting for forty is
better than passing in front of
him.” The narrator, Abu’l-Nadr, said:
I do not know whether he said forty
days or months or years. Narrated
by al-Bukhaari (510) and Muslim
(507). What level of sin is incurred
by the one who deliberately
distracts one who is praying or tries
to make him laugh by moving or
speaking? There can be no doubt
that it is a grave sin.

The hadeeth mentioned in the
question is not saheeh, and is not
narrated in the books of Sunnah and
reports. Rather Imam Ahmad (may
Allah have mercy on him) said:
There is no saheeh hadeeth about
laughing [i.e., in prayer]. End
Al-Tahqeeq fi Ahaadeeth al-Khilaaf,
by Ibn al-‘Jawzi, 1/198
Shaykh Ibn Jibreen (may Allah have
mercy on him) was asked the
following question:
How sound is the hadeeth,
“Whoever makes a praying person
laugh has made Allah weep”?
He replied:
The hadeeth with this wording is
not saheeh, but there is no doubt
that if you are talking to one who is
praying and making him hear words
until he starts to laugh and thus
invalidates his prayer, you are the
cause of that. It is not permissible
to make a praying person laugh and
the like. End quote.
Shaykh Saalih al-Fawzaan (may Allah
preserve him) was asked the
following question:
Is it narrated in the Sunnah that
“Whoever makes a believer laugh
whilst he is praying has made one
thousand angels weep”? If it is not
saheeh, then what is the sin that
results from that?
He replied:
I do not know of any basis for this
hadeeth, but it is not permissible for
the Muslim to distract his brother
whilst he is praying or to make him
confused about his prayer. If a
person can prevent one who wants
to walk in front of him when he is
praying, and there is a stern
warning concerning that, then it is
more appropriate that the stern
warning should apply to the one
who makes him laugh and distracts
him from praying. The one who
passes in front of a person who is
praying may have a need to do that,
but there is no need to joke and
make a praying person laugh, and to
distract him from his prayer. So the
one who does that incurs a great
deal of sin. End quote.
And Allah knows best.


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