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Question: I just have a question on one of the sayings that my teacher has up in here classroom, and it says it's from the Qur’an but I'm not sure if it's true. It says "he who makes his companions laugh deserves paradise" Koran. If it's not true, could you please advise me on how to approach her and tell her it's wrong.

There is no such statement in the Qur’an; there is however an authentic tradition from the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, which states, “It is an act of charity to greet your brother with a smiling face."

I suggest that you should have a gentle chat with your teacher and tell her that you were eager to find out the appropriate reference (for the statement she had cited) from the Qur’an. For this purpose you contacted an Islamic scholar and that you were told that while there is no such statement in the Qur’an, there does exist something close to it in the Prophetic traditions, which is second only to the Qur’an in terms of religious authority in Islam. We have the following statement attributed to the Prophet, peace be upon, which states: “It is an act of charity to greet your brother with a smiling face.” The Prophet, peace be upon him, is also reported to have said, “You cannot make people happy by benefiting them financially (for not everyone has enough to part with anyway), therefore, at least try to make them happy by appearing before them with a pleasant face and speaking kindly to them.” Furthermore, he said, “Speaking kindly to people itself is an act of charity.”

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