Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 035, Hadith Number 003 (227).

Abu Hurairah radiyallahu anhu reports, The Sahaabah asked, ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, you joke with us?’. Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam replied, ‘Yes, I do not say but the truth.

Commentary
The reason that the Sahaabah radiyallahu anhum asked is because it had been prohibited to joke. Likewise, it is also against the dignity of great people to do so. Sayyidina Rasoolullah sallallahu alaihe wasallam informed that it has nothing to do with my cheerfulness. This has been discussed at the beginning of the chapter.

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