April Fools - Or Just Lying?
Special Khutbah - LIES!" Yusuf Estes - Las Vegas - June 11, 2004- Yusuf Estes
Article #2 "History of April Fools Day"
the subject of “April Fool” (in Arabic, Kithbat Neesaan
or "The Lies of April"), the
origin of this lying is not known for sure. There are differing
opinions concerning that:
of them said that it developed from the celebrations of spring
at the equinox on March 21.
of them said that this innovation appeared in France in 1564 CE,
after the introduction of a new calendar, when a person who had
refused to accept the new calendar became the victim of some people
who had subjected him to embarrassment and made fun of him, so
he became a laughing-stock for others.
of them said that this innovation goes back to ancient times and
the pagan celebrations connected to a specific date at the beginning
of spring, so this is the remnant of pagan rituals. It was said
that hunting in some countries was unsuccessful during the first
days of the hunt in some countries. This was the origin of these
lies which are made up on the first day of April.
Europeans call “April Fool” le poisson d’avril (lit. “April
fish”). The reason for this is that the sun moves from the zodiacal
house of Pisces to the next house, or because the word poisson,
which means fish, is a distortion of the word passion,
which means suffering, “so it is a symbol of the suffering endured
by Jesus (peace be upon him), according to the claims of the Christians,
and they claim that this happened in the first week of April.
of the kufaar call this day All Fools’ Day, as it is known to
the English. That
is because of the lies that they tell so that those who hear them
might believe them and thus become a victim for those who
are making fun of him.
The first mention of April Fool in the English language was in a magazine known as Dreck Magazine. On the second day of April in 1698 CE, this magazine mentioned that a number of people were invited to come and watch the washing of black people in the Tower of London on the morning of the first day of April.
of the most famous incidents that happened in Europe on April
1st was when the English newspaper, the Evening
Star, announced in March 1746 CE that the following day –
April 1st – that there would be an parade of donkeys
in Islington, in England. The people rushed to see these animals
and there was a huge crowd. They continued waiting
and when they got tired of waiting, they asked about when
the parade would be. They did not find anything, then they knew
that they had come to make an exhibition of themselves, as if
they were the donkeys!
After knowing this reality, let us make a promise to ourselves never to spread stories about Muslims or Islam or history, unless we have clear evidences. Nobody on earth has more proof than we do and we should take responsibility for it. Of course we should not celebrate this day of fools and lies. But for sure we are celebrating it if we keep on contributing to these lies of Muslim Spain.
are sure that lying did not exist during the first and best generations
of Islam. It did not come from the Muslims, but rather from their
enemies. But today we ourselves are becoming the enemies
of truth and the enemies of Islam.
have seen how Islam forbids lying even in jest, and it forbids
frightening a Muslim whether in seriousness or in jest, in words
or in actions.
is the law of Allaah in which is wisdom and care for people’s
And Allaah is the Haqq [Truth] and the Source of Strength.