Excessive joking around is considered to be bad in Islam. Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:
"Avoid arguing with your brethren and abstain from excessive joking around."
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also said:
"I tell jokes, but never tell jokes excessively and never say what is not right."
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) also said: "I tell jokes, but never tell jokes excessively and never say what is not right."
The Prophet's Jokes
Prophet Muhammad (SAW) told some nice jokes. As an example, consider the following. One day an old lady went to see the Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The Prophet said: "An old lady does not go to the Heaven."
The old lady started to cry. Then the Prophet said: "On that day you will not be old. You will get young."
Allah (SWT) said the following in the Noble Qur'an:
"We have created (their companions) of special creation, and made them virgin - pure (and undefiled)." [Sura Al-Waqiah 56:35-36
إِنَّا أَنْشَأْنَاهُنَّ إِنْشَاءً ﴿٣٥﴾ فَجَعَلْنَاهُنَّ أَبْکَارًا ﴿٣٦﴾
Imam Ali (AS) said:
"Jokes that make you laugh will take away the intellect and make you look bad."
A clown once pulled off Imam Sajjad's (AS) cloak. Imam Sajjad (AS) did not say anything. The people followed the clown and took back the cloak. They brought it back and put it on Imam Sajjad's (AS) shoulder. Imam Sajjad (AS) asked: "Who did that?"
The people said: "It was a clown who makes the people laugh."
Then Imam Sajjad (AS) said:
"Tell him that there is a day for Allah (SWT) in which those who waste their life and make others laugh will not gain anything but loss."