REFRAIN FROM EXCESSIVE QUESTIONING!
All perfect praise is for Allaah alone. We beseech His peace and blessings upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam).
Unfortunately, from the bad traits we see amidst us today are people asking questions excessively and unnecessarily. Perturbingly, they even make the questions difficult, tricky, and sometimes with the intention to mock.
More saddening, some people ask questions about events that are yet to occur with the aim of creating an unnecessarily scene. For example, someone says, “what if ‘so and so’ happens to ‘so and so’ in the absence of ‘so and so’ while there are ‘such and such’ obstacle…, please sir, what is the ruling???’ Haba! Has it happened?
The Messenger of Allaah (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam) was reported to have said: “Accept that which I have left you with, for the people who came before you were only destroyed because of their excessive questioning and their disputing with their Prophets…” [Bukhooree and Muslim]
Al-Imaam al-Haafidh Zaynuddeen ‘Abdur-Rahmaan Ibn Rojab al-Hanbalee (rohimohuLlaah) while commenting on the hadeeth mentioned above said: “This hadeeth indicates that it is forbidden to ask questions unnecessarily or to ask questions out of stubbornness or an intention to mock.” [Jaami’ al-‘Uloom wal Hikaam 1/240]
Also, times when Zayd bn Thaabit (rodiyaLloohu ‘anh) was asked about something, he would say, “Has it really happened?” If they said “No”, he would tell them, “Leave it until it really happens.” [Reported by Ibn Rojab] Similar reports can also be found in the Sunaan of Aboo Muhammad, ‘AbdiLlaah Ibn ‘Abdur-Rahmaan (al Daarii, 1/49) and Jaami Bayaan al-‘Ilm by Yoosuf bn ‘AbdiLlaah Ibn Muhammad Ibn ‘Abdil Barr (2/174).
Therefore we say to you too, ‘leave those questions running in your vein till they really happen’. The scholars are there to help us treat them when they come up.
May prayers and peace be upon Muhammad (sollaLloohu ‘alayhi wa sallam), his respected households and companions, and on the generality of the Muslims who follow them upon goodness till the end of time.
Aboo Aaishah Al Odeomeey