Is It Wrong to Be Funny with Our Teacher?

Answered by Mawlana Ilyas Patel


I was learning tajwid with my teacher and she asked me what the sakt sign looks like. I saw my paper and saw > sign and thought it was that. Then I was like maybe it’s not that but because I’m stupid. I wanted to be funny and I said that the > sign is the sakt sign and she laughed.

I didn’t know if it was haram but I thought maybe it is because I want to be funny but I did it either way. I don’t know if this is kufr. Do I have to tell my teacher what I did? If I don’t am I the reason she left Islam for laughing at my joke? I’m scared now.


In the Name of Allah, the Most Merciful and Compassionate

I pray you are in good faith and health.

It was wrong of you to give an answer like that. However, you will not be sinful. As you didn’t give a wrong answer, you just said, sakta is sakta, but your intention was to make the teacher laugh. Rest assured, you have nothing to worry about, neither it is disbelief, Your mere regret is sufficient and part of repentance.

Regret is Part of Sound Repentance

Abdullah ibn Mas’ud (Allah be pleased with him) reported the Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) said, “Regret is part of repentance.” [Ibn Maja]

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I pray this helps in your question.

[Mawlana] Ilyas Patel
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Mawlana Ilyas Patel is a traditionally-trained scholar who has studied in the UK, India, Pakistan, Syria, Jordan, and Turkey.

He started his early education in the UK. He went on to complete hifz of the Quran in India, then enrolled into an Islamic seminary in the UK, where he studied the secular and Alimiyyah sciences. He then traveled to Karachi, Pakistan.

He has been an Imam in Rep of Ireland for a number of years. He has taught hifz of the Qur’an, Tajwid, Fiqh, and many other Islamic sciences to both children and adults onsite and online extensively in UK and Ireland. He was teaching at a local Islamic seminary for 12 years in the UK, where he was a librarian and a teacher of Islamic sciences.

He currently resides in the UK with his wife. His personal interest is the love of books and gardening.