Random ::Truth Behind April Fool’s Day?::

Ok I decided to try and find out what the history of April Fool's day is.  Surprisingly I found a few explinations for this day.

New Year's Day Moves

Ancient cultures, including those as varied as the Romans and the Hindus, celebrated New Year's Day on or around April 1. It closely follows the vernal equinox (March 20th or March 21st.) In medieval times, much of Europe celebrated March 25, the Feast of Annunciation, as the beginning of the new year.

In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated Jan. 1. That year, France adopted the reformed calendar and shifted New Year's day to Jan. 1. According to a popular explanation, many people either refused to accept the new date, or did not learn about it, and continued to celebrate New Year's Day on April 1. Other people began to make fun of these traditionalists, sending them on "fool's errands" or trying to trick them into believing something false. Eventually, the practice spread throughout Europe.

Problems With This Explanation

There are at least two difficulties with this explanation. The first is that it doesn't fully account for the spread of April Fools' Day to other European countries. The Gregorian calendar was not adopted by England until 1752, for example, but April Fools' Day was already well established there by that point. The second is that we have no direct historical evidence for this explanation, only conjecture, and that conjecture appears to have been made more recently.

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/aprilfools1.html

The other explination I could find is:

     The Fall of Granada, Spain and 1st April – APRIL FOOL

In Spain, after centuries of Muslim rule*, the Moors were
overwhelmed by the Christian Army. However, the Moors were
fortified in their homes. The Christian armies wanted to get rid
of the Muslims somehow. They told the Muslims that they could
leave their homes safely and could take only the necessary things
from their homes. They were told they could sail away in the
ships anchored on the quay side. The Muslims did wonder if this
ploy was a trick. The Muslims were requested to go to the quay
side to check the ships. They did so and were convinced. They
then made preparations to leave. The next day, 1st April, they
took their essential belongings and walked towards the quay side.

The Christians looted their homes and then set fire to them.
Before the Muslims got to the ships, the Christians had set fire
to the ships as well. The Christians then attacked the Muslims
and killed them all:

Men, women and children. They then celebrated this carnage. This
then became a ritual that was celebrated every year and that has
been carried on until this day not only in Spain but in other
countries, too. The Muslims celebrate 1st April as well as
playing jokes on others on this day through sheer ignorance of
the story. We should bring out the facts of the story to all in
order to put a stop to the practice of celebrating this bloody
and shameful episode.

http://answering-islam.org/Hoaxes/aprilfool.html

When the Muslims ruled Spain, approximately one thousand years ago, they were a force that could not be destroyed. The western Christians wished that they could wipe Islam from the face of the earth, and they succeeded to some extent.

They tried to limit the spread of Islam in Spain and to put an end to it, but they did not succeed. They tried numerous times and never succeeded.

After that, the Christians sent their spies to Spain to study and find out the secret of the Muslims' strength which could not be defeated. They discovered that adhering to taqwa (piety or consciousness of Allah) was the reason.

When the Christians discovered the secret of the Muslims' strength, they started to think of strategies to break this strength. On this basis they began to send wine and cigars to Spain for free.

This tactic on the part of the west produced results, and the faith of the Muslims began to weaken, especially among the young generation in Spain. The result of that was that the western Catholic Christians subdued the whole of Spain and put an end to the Muslim rule of that land which had lasted for more than eight hundred years. The last stronghold of the Muslims, in Grenada, fell on April 1st, hence they considered this to be the "trick of April."

http://ahmed-mohammed.mindswap.net/AprilFools.html

So I guess there really isn't one agreed apon history of how April Fool's day became what it is now.  But I found this search interesting and wanted to share what I found with my readers.

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13 Responses to “Random ::Truth Behind April Fool’s Day?::”

  1. i want to know about the 1st april and its reality in the prospec of islam and others

  2. it is maybe related to a story that happened to someonein the far history; who was been lying at and realized that after making fool of him/her. that person was very famous for this reason it has been generated till it has been handed over to our Grand-parents and so on and so forth. religiously speaking, there is no reference

  3. Yusuf Estes
    http://www.islamtoday.com
    sheikyusuf@aol.com
    National Chaplain to World Assembly of Muslim Youth

    It Appears That Muslims Are the Fools

    Now as regards the incorrect story circulating amongst the Muslims on the Internet saying that April Fool’s Day is the celebration of the kufar over the conquest of Muslim Spain. I felt that it was necessary to clarify a few points in the interest of truth, inshallah.

    Bismillah Al Hamdulilah was Salat wa Salam ala rasoolulah. Allahu Alim. In the Name of Allah, I praise Allah and ask for His Peace upon Muhammad, ameen. Allah Alone is The All-Knower.

    To continue: Once again, Muslims are circulating a fabrication on the Internet trying to claim things which can easily be proven incorrect by Christians and non-Muslims who rejoice in watching us play the part of Everyday Fools.

    The most recent story says that Christians could not conquer the Muslims there and sent spies to discover why. According to the story, they found that the Muslims there were on the ‘Taqwah’ (God Fearing and Pious) of Islam. Then the story says the Christians sent in alcohol and cigarettes which the Muslims used and lost their ‘Taqwah’ and then the Christians defeated the Muslims on April first and began celebrating ‘April Fool’s Day’ ever since. This story is not correct in many aspects.

    1.) First, let us consider the historic fact that Muslim Spain ended on the 12th of January in the Christian year of 1492 A.D. yet ‘April Fool’s Day was not heard of until over fifty years later. Once upon a time, back in 16th-century France, before computers, people celebrated New Year’s Day on March 25, the advent of spring. It was a festive time. They partied steadily until April 1. In 1564, when the calendar reformed and became Gregorian, under the influence of Pope Gregory, King Charles IX proclaimed, perhaps
    pompously, that New Year’s Day should be celebrated on January 1st instead of in the spring. Diehard conservatives resisted the change (or perhaps didn’t hear about it due to the absence of e-mail) and continued to celebrate New Year’s from March 25 to April 1. During this period of spring festivity, the more flexible French mocked the rigid revelers by sending them foolish gifts and invitations to nonexistent parties. The victim of an April Fools’ Day

    prank was called a “poisson d’avril,” or an “April fish,” because at that time of year, the sun was leaving the zodiacal sign of Pisces. April Fools’ Day hit its stride (avoiding the banana peel) in England in the 18th century, and was brought to colonial America by the English, Scottish, and French.

    2.) Second, we should know that cigarettes were not even invented until AFTER the time of the fall of Muslim Spain (January 1492). According to the State College in Framingham, the Human Biology course by Dr. Roger Morrrissette, Ph.D., smoking of any kind did not exist in Spain until after it was brought back from the New World AFTER King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella had come to rule Spain. This is from their website:

    Introduction to Human Biology Framingham State College
    Roger N. Morrissette, Ph.D.

    I. The History of Smoking.

    900: smoking is referred to on a Mayan stone carving.

    1492: Columbus notes the natives of the New World smoke leaves.

    1550: Spaniards begin cultivating tobacco in the West Indies to export to Europe.

    1880: Tobacco use is widespread but people only use small amounts.

    3.) Muslim Spain began to deteriorate at the time of Ibn Seenah and others who were beginning to use their logic in place of Divine Revelation of Allah. Some were very interested in the Greek and Roman philosophies and concepts and began to try to ‘rethink’ Islam much the same as some ‘modernists’ are doing today. It was right after this that Muslim Spain began to divide up into small kingdoms and fight against each other for control and gold. They employed mercenaries from amongst the Christians and killed and destroyed each other for a number of years. When the Christians came against them the first time, they appealed to the ruler of Maghrib (Morocco) across the Mediterranean Sea who sent troops to quell the attacks. He stipulated that the Muslims must stop fighting each other and go back to the Islamic system of rule under one leader. They did not do it. When they began fighting each other again, the Christians came in very strong against them and this time the ruler of Morocco refused to help them. They lost battle after battle against the Roman Christians and finally the last stronghold of Islam fell to the Christian King, Ferdinand, in January of 1492. [for details order the video “Muslim Spain”]

    So regarding the email claiming that April Fools Day is a celebration of the take over of Muslim Spain, it is clear the whole thing is a made up lie. This is totally unacceptable and should be brought to the attention of the one who sent you this lie in the first place. A good Muslim would never accept to repeat lies and fabrications especially in presenting facts about the history of Islam.

    If you have received such a letter it is your duty in front of Allah to write back to those who also received it and ask them to contact all of those on their lists and email the truth about this issue. And we should all fear a Day when we will stand in front of Allah and be asked about these matters.

    If we don’t do something about correcting the education of our beloved brothers and sisters in Islam, then everyday on the internet is MUSLIM FOOLS DAY.

    Again, it is only Allah who has All Knowledge. May He forgive me my mistakes and guide us all to the right way, ameen.

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  5. plz give me the full story of april fool day in detail and also with images

  6. I really got some informations & truth of the history..
    It’s more usefull…

    Thank You…

  7. Thank you so much for enlightning us with the truth, it’s funny how the mulana on alim online, a show on Geo tv, if any of you know, was telling the fabricated story of April fools day. thanks a lot

  8. Do you know that spanish Moors (Muslims rulers of Spain) were so advanced in technology that when the christians entered the laboratory in Moorish castle they didnt even knew the way to use the apparatus. El-Cid the wicket ruler of spain was welcomed by the Moors on his exile by King Alfanso of christian spain. El-Cid lived among the Moors peacefully eating and feasting but then Alfanso attacked the Moors. El-Cid instead of supporting Muslims supported King Alfanso and faught against Muslims and gave a first defeat to them. However this was the point which changed the cource of history, the never giving up strong Moorish Empire started loosing battles one by one as the enemy used tricks and cheated on them to make them weak……………..SPIT ON THE CHRISTIAN SPANIARDS

  9. There is no such historian tht explains or give proofs to the claims by ,muslim, it seems it had really made them fool, i thnk it was just a simple fun ,made to a muslim by a non muslim which later took in islamic history as a shameful day for political n religious purpose only, any1 hv any historians quote or books written at tht times historian requesting to send me the links.. thnx

  10. Alhamdulillah another pseudo Alim bites the dust.. It makes me wonder how petulant and ignorant our muslim brothers are. Firstly it degrades the credibility of muslims in general and secondly we aide the western media in debasing Islam!

    Thanks Sam!

    Wasalam

  11. When i first heard of this story i really didnt believe it and i had to reseach it to see if it was true, but i still feel that if the muslim failure to rule spain was the founding ground for Aprils fools day .. then why is it practised by almost everyone ? :S

  12. Disclaimer: non of the explanations above are regarded as fact. At best they’re mere speculations. I had just wanted to put all the different explanations I could find in one place. If you find any other speculations please do share!

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