Thursday, May 26, 2011

-44- Etiquettes of Questioning

The Etiquettes of Questioning

By Shaikh Abdullah Faisal

(morning dars 5.26.11)

The last time we were here we stopped at Surah Baqarah, ayat 74

--this ayat is speaking about hard heartedness

--the topic for today is “Etiquettes of Questioning”

--you can tell if a person is sincere or a munafiqh or a fool by the questions they ask

Then, even after that, your hearts were hardened and became as rocks, or worse than rocks, for hardness. For indeed there are rocks from out which rivers gush, and indeed there are rocks which split asunder so that water floweth from them. And indeed there are rocks which fall down for the fear of Allah. Allah is not unaware of what ye do. (Al-Baqarah 2:74)


--in Islam, we do not point our feet at someone, the Qur’an, or the Kaba


Now the great scholar of Islam, Abu Hanifa, gave a speech about hajj:

--a man came and sat down in front of him and the man dressed in very rich clothing; he looked like he was from a respectable family; Abu Hanifa’s leg was hurting from a previous accident, so he could not stretch his legs out because the man was sitting in front of him -- even though it was painful for Abu Hanifa he still folded his leg

When Abu Hanifa asked for questions: the man asked a stupid question

--the question was so stupid

--Abu Hanifa said “at last Abu Hanifa gets his opportunity to stretch out his leg again"

--even though it was bad manners, he still stretched out his leg

--because the man asked a very stupid question

--so the way the man was dressing was just a sham, it meant nothing

--the man asked "Can I make hajj in Ramadan?"

--this question proves that this man was a fool

--when you are in a crowd of people, and you open your mouth to ask a question,

--you EXPOSE yourself: sometimes it’s better for you to keep quiet!

--because when you open your mouth to speak, we can tell what your aqeeda is

--example: if you say: 'The honorable Elijah Muhammad’

--we can tell your aqeeda [he was the Head of the Nation of Islam], so you exposed yourself

--we can tell the speech of the munafiqh when he speaks >>> Muhammad 47:30

but surely, you will know them by the tone of their speech! And Allâh knows all your deeds. (Muhammad 47:30)

--the guy is a supergrass (informant) and who did he inform on? HIMSELF


In Islam we have etiquettes of questioning



The Rasool (saws) said: "Whatsoever I forbid you, abstain from it"

"What I have forbidden to you, avoid; what I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. It was only their excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their prophets that destroyed those who were before you." Hadith # 9 An-Nawawi's Forty Hadiths


--so whenever a person is not convinced about the message or the hujjah

--he will ask many, many questions

--the Jews asked Prophet Musa excessively about the cow that they should sacrifice

--what type of cow? <<< they even asked this TWICE!

--they will ask a million questions to find an excuse to reject the hujjah

--they even ask questions to ridicule the hujjah

--So if you are debating with a Barelvis, a Shia, Tablighi, Deobandi

--so we quote, Ta-Ha 20:5 -- "ALLAH is on the Arsh"

--they won’t believe this because they think that ALLAH is everywhere

The Most Beneficent (Allâh) Istawâ (rose over) the (Mighty) Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). (Ta-Ha 20:5)

Because they are not convinced that ALLAH is on the Arsh, they will try to ridicule you, they will say


"Where was ALLAH before He created the Arsh?"

the whole purpose of that question is to ridicule

--so don’t "mister know-it-all" --- don’t commit yourself to an answer!

--they are trying to make a laughingstock out of you, especially in front of a crowd of people

--the answer to this question is: ALLAHu Alam and ALLAH knows best

--but if you try to answer, and try to dabble into specificity, you TRAP yourself

--the whole purpose of the Deobandi, Shia, etc: to pour scorn on your aqeeda (smear, sneer, and jeer)

--ALLAH has told you the etiquettes of asking questions >>> Al-Maida 5:101

O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble. But if you ask about them while the Qur'ân is being revealed, they will be made plain to you. Allâh has forgiven that, and Allâh is Oft­Forgiving, Most Forbearing. (Al-Ma'idah 5:101)

So some things are best left not said: some knowledge is better to be hidden

Why do you think the Sahabah said: On is known, How Allah is on the Arsh is unknown to believe in it is Wajib and to ask about it is a Bid'ah. I learned 2 types of knowledge from the Prophet; the first branch I have told you; the 2nd branch, if I told you, my throat would be CUT!"

--Abu Huraira said "some things are best left unsaid"

--Shaikh Faisal learned things in university which cannot be said:

--they are too controversial (things about daar ul harb)

Narrated Abu Huraira: I have memorized two kinds of knowledge from Allah's Apostle. I have propagated one of them to you and if I propagated the second, then my pharynx (throat) would be cut (i.e. killed). (Book #3, Hadith #121)

O you who believe! Ask not about things which, if made plain to you, may cause you trouble. (Al-Ma'idah 5:101)

Abu Huraira took the knowledge to his grave and he did not tell the Ummah

--yet Shaikh Faisal asked his own shaikh about this hidden knowledge

--concerning questioning, whenever a person has Taqwa,

--and they are concerned about their deen-- they ask questions concerning their deen Al-Baqarah 2:220


--Taqwa is another etiquette of questioning

--in Al-Baqarah 2:220 the Sahabahs asked the Rasul about the orphans

And they ask you concerning orphans. Say: "The best thing is to work honestly in their property, and if you mix your affairs with theirs, then they are your brothers. And Allâh knows him who means mischief (e.g. to swallow their property) from him who means good (e.g. to save their property). And if Allâh had wished, He could have put you into difficulties. Truly, Allâh is All-Mighty, All-Wise." (Al-Baqarah 2:220)

--Why did they ask about orphans?

--because they did not want to come on Judgment day and be questioned about the orphans

"the best home is where the orphan is properly treated, and the worst home is where the orphan is badly treated"

Ah, what will convey unto thee what the Ascent is! - (12) (It is) to free a slave, (13) And to feed in the day of hunger. (14) An orphan near of kin, (15) Or some poor wretch in misery, (16) And to be of those who believe and exhort one another to perseverance and exhort one another to pity. (17) (Al-Balad 12-17)

So after you have done all of that (free the slave, feed the poor, to look after the orphan, or to feed the miskeen), ALLAH says: "You need to become of those who believe in ISLAMIC MONOTHEISM, recommend one another to have sabr, pity and compassion"

Mother Teresa has done all of these things, but she has NO REWARD IN THE HEREAFTER

--see Surah Al-Noor 24:39

--she was a mushrik! all the good deeds she has done were in vain!

Abu Hurayra reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "The best house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are well treated. The worst house among the Muslims is the house in which orphans are ill treated. I and the guardian of the orphan will be in the Garden like that," indicating his two fingers.

As for those who disbelieve, their deeds are like a mirage in a desert. The thirsty one thinks it to be water, until he comes up to it, he finds it to be nothing, but he finds Allâh with him, Who will pay him his due (Hell). And Allâh is Swift in taking account. (An-Nur 24:39)

The moment you commit shirk, ALL of your pious deeds are nullified

--Surah Al-Balad 90:12-17 >>> coincides with the Hadith of the orphans and their homes

--if you commit shirk all of your needs are nullified

"If you join others in worship with Allâh, (then) surely (all) your deeds will be in vain, and you will certainly be among the losers." (Az-Zumar 39:65)

Muhammad PBUH was the MOST pious man to walk the earth, yet Allah warned him not to commit shirk:

--or his deeds would be in vain

--so Mother Teresa stands no chance!

--she was a PAGAN, a Catholic, she said: “holy Mary, mother of God” (Astagfirullah)


--The Sahabahs cared about their deen >> so they questioned on woman’s menstruation

They ask you concerning menstruation. Say: that is an Adha (a harmful thing for a husband to have a sexual intercourse with his wife while she is having her menses), therefore keep away from women during menses and go not unto them till they have purified (from menses and have taken a bath). And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allâh has ordained for you (go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina). Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.). (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

--'can we kiss women when they are menstruating?' >>>

--YES, the Prophet would French kiss Aisha when she was menstruating

--the Rasul allowed menstruating women to cook meals, and allowed them for hajj

--and the Rasul has forbidden us to go to bed with women while they are menstruating

The Jews did not allow their women to cook while they were menstruating:

--therefore the Sahabahs asked the Rasul on this

--when they are menstruating, you cannot sleep with them

--after it stops, you can go to bed with her AFTER she makes ghusl

--if you went to bed with her, before she made ghusl

--this is haraam (although Abu Hanifa allows this)

--The Hanbalis and Shafiis, say it is haraam >>> Al-Baqarah 2:222

--The other etiquette of knowledge: you ask questions to seek knowledge


--some people ask questions to challenge you

--some people, in whose heart is a disease, ask questions to challenge you

--they ask you a question, because they want to give you an impossible task: An-Nisa:153

The people of the Scripture (Jews) ask you to cause a book to descend upon them from heaven. Indeed they asked Mûsa (Moses) for even greater than that, when they said: "Show us Allâh in public," but they were struck with thunder clap and lightning for their wickedness. Then they worshipped the calf even after clear proofs, evidences, and signs had come to them. (Even) so We forgave them. And We gave Mûsa (Moses) a clear proof of authority. (An-Nisa 4:153)


The Jews wanted to see ALLAH with their own eyes (impossible task)

--also the Atheist says this "seeing is believing"

--when they say seeing is believing, they score an own goal on themselves

--the Columbians went to play against America in football, one Columbian scored an own goal

--against his own team, so when he went back to Columbia, they killed him!

Mutazalites: aql over the naql

Qadiyanis: there is another prophet

Shias: takfir on the Sahabahs , etc.

Atheist belief: men evolved from monkeys (Darwinism is their aqeeda)

Atheists believe in DARWINISM: they say, “seeing is believing:

--we will use this against them

--we say: you never see monkeys evolve, did you ever see a metamorphosis take place?"

--no they did not see this

--therefore they scored an own goal on themselves --

--and Atheists say: “religion causes bloodshed”

--World War 1 and World War 2 had NOTHING to do with religion

--Adolph Hitler said, “the master race is the Aryan race, therefore we will conquer the whole world”

--because of his wrong aqeeda, 55 million died in WORLD WAR 2

Those who are Atheist cause bloodshed:

Mao Tse Tung of china killed 50 million

Joseph Stalin also killed 50 million people: all atheists

Pol Pot in Cambodia killed 5 million people: he was an Atheist

Pol Pot killed millions of people then created a mountains out of their skulls

--this proves that when you are an atheist you have no regard for the creator

--therefore you have no regard for the creation

The Atheist Pharaoh: he killed the boys and allowed the girls to live

--those who are Atheist cause bloodshed:

--even the soldiers of the Pharaoh were touched by what the Pharaoh was doing

--therefore Pharaoh said, “kill one year and don’t kill another year”

--Haroon PBUH (Musa’s brother) was born in the year where boys were not supposed to be killed

--Musa was born in the year where boys were supposed to be killed

--His mother got ilhaam (inspiration) from ALLAH,

--so she put the baby in a basket and let him on the river

When you open your mouth and say that religion causes bloodshed:

--you speak like a retard because Atheists themselves caused the most bloodshed on the land

Nimrod, another Atheist (the man who threw Abraham in the fire), of him,

--Abraham said, “My Lord gives life and takes life”

Nimrod said he can also give life and take life

--he took a man who was in prison who was about to be executed, the let him free (gave him life)

Nimrod chopped off the head of an innocent man (takes life)

No one caused more bloodshed than your Atheist brothers, past and present. They have no regard to the Creator, so how on earth will they have regard for the creation?

Now you know:

--why Pol Pot has 5 million deaths on his hand, why Mao Tse Tung has 50 million on his hand,

as well as Joseph Stalin: they were atheists!

The people of the Scripture (Jews) ask you to cause a book to descend upon them from heaven. Indeed they asked Mûsa (Moses) for even greater than that, when they said: "Show us Allâh in public," but they were struck with thunder clap and lightning for their wickedness. Then they worshipped the calf even after clear proofs, evidences, and signs had come to them. (Even) so We forgave them. And We gave Mûsa (Moses) a clear proof of authority. (An-Nisa 4:153)

And when they have purified themselves, then go in unto them as Allâh has ordained for you (go in unto them in any manner as long as it is in their vagina). Truly, Allâh loves those who turn unto Him in repentance and loves those who purify themselves (by taking a bath and cleaning and washing thoroughly their private parts, bodies, for their prayers, etc.) (Al-Baqarah 2:222)

When they said that, ALLAH struck them with a thunderclap and they died (70 of the Jews)

--yet ALLAH brought them back to life to show them ALLAH has mercy

ALLAH parted the sea for the Jews, yet they still asked questions!

--people ask Shaikhs questions "My son has AIDS, cure him with your dua, and I will believe in you"

--the kaafirs of Qureshi also asked questions to the Rasool (saws)

--the people also asked Prophet Saleh to bring a camel out of a rock

The Prophet Saleh said: do not kill this camel

And the messenger of Allah said: It is the she-camel of Allah, so let her drink! But they denied him, and they hamstrung her, so Allah doomed them for their sin and razed (their dwellings). Ash-Shams 91:13,14

--the People were hesitant to kill the cow, but this woman said:

--“I have three daughters, whoever kills the camel, and they can marry my pretty daughter"

--so she used the oldest trick in the book: sex

>>> this is similar to the man who killed Ali >>> the man killed Ali to marry a girl

--when a person is a kaafir, they make decisions according to their belly and private parts

--there is no such a thing as a free lunch, if a man takes you out for lunch, he wants to have sex

The messenger of ALLAH Saleh said: "when your faces start to change color, the punishment of ALLAH is close"

--their faces began to change colors, and they even tried to kill the prophet Saleh!

But ALLAH descended his punishment upon them

***Hurricane Katrina was a punishment for America's invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan***

--yet the Shaitan convinced the people that it’s just a regular storm


You’re not allowed to ask inquisitive questions

--for example: a sister asking a brother about the length of his genitalia

--the question is not haraam, but makrooh

--many sisters complain about problems in the bedroom:

--husband ejaculates too quickly, they don’t do foreplay, small size of his genitalia, etc

**In Shariah, you’re allowed to divorce your husband if he has a small genitalia


--evidence of not asking inquisitive questions

--the Rasool said, part of someone being a good Muslim, is to leave alone thatwhich does not concern him"

A sister is ONLY allowed to ask, “How much do you earn?” if you asked her to marry you

--for her to ask this question otherwise, is haraam

On the authority of Abu Hurairah, who said : The messenger of Allah said Part of someone's being a good Muslim is his leaving alone that which does not concern him.

--but if you did propose to her, it is her right to ask



--the Rasool (saws) said:

--“Sometimes ALLAH kept quiet about things, out of mercy for you (ALLAH did not forget)"

“What I have forbidden for you, avoid. What I have ordered you [to do], do as much of it as you can. For verily, it was only the excessive questioning and their disagreeing with their Prophets that destroyed [the nations] who were before you” (Agreed Upon) Hadith No. 9 from 40 Hadith

--you keep saying ALLAH has 99 names and attributes, do you think that’s all? NO

--the Rasul said ALLAH has more, but ALLAH did not tell you the other names because

--your human mind is too weak to understand the other names and attributes


--example: a man has a cell phone in his hand with the time, yet he’s asking a pretty girl about the time

--he has the time on his cell phone so he’s only asking the question to [break the ice]

And when you ask (his wives) for anything you want, ask them from behind a screen, that is purer for your hearts and for their hearts. And it is not (right) for you that you should annoy Allâh's Messenger, nor that you should ever marry his wives after him (his death). Verily! With Allâh that shall be an enormity. (Al-Ahzab 33:53)



--a rhetorical question is [merely for effect, not for an answer]

**It’s usual definition is any question asked for the purpose other than to obtain the information

that the question asks**

It almost bursts up with fury. Every time a group is cast therein, its keeper will ask: "Did no warner come to you?" (Al-Mulk 67:8)


The Angel who is the keeper of the hellfire, when he dumping the people into the fire, he will say: "did not any warner come to you?" Then Angel already knows the answer (Noah, Abraham, Musa, David, Solomon, Jesus, and Muhammad came with the warning)

When Prophet Jonah was in the belly of the whale, who begged on his behalf, who interceded for him? THE ANGELS did

The Angel Gabriel taught the Rasul how to recite the Quran properly, and taught him the salah times, and how to make salah

If the Angels are aware, why will they say to the man that question? the purpose of the question is not to get the answer but instead it is like saying, "Why did you not accept the message? Why is your situation so pitiful, appalling, and pathetic?"

Surah Nisa:97 << another Question the Angels will ask, yet they know the answer

Verily! As for those whom the angels take (in death) while they are wronging themselves (as they stayed among the disbelievers even though emigration was obligatory for them), they (angels) say (to them): "In what (condition) were you?" They reply: "We were weak and oppressed on earth. " They (angels) say: "Was not the earth of Allâh spacious enough for you to emigrate therein?" Such men will find their abode in Hell - What an evil destination! (An-Nisa 4:97)

--on the Day of Judgment, the Angels will ask the people on why they didn’t make Hijra


--the munafiqh ask these questions so they can apostate

They ask you about the Hour (Day of Resurrection): "When will be its appointed time?" Say: "The knowledge thereof is with my Lord (Alone). None can reveal its time, but He (swt). Heavy is its burden through the heavens and the earth. It shall not come upon you except all of a sudden. They ask you as if you have a good knowledge of it. Say: "The knowledge thereof is with Allâh (Alone) but most of mankind know not." (Al-A'raf 7:187)


Imam Malik was giving a bayan on tawheed and the topic was: ALLAH on the Arsh

--a man said to Imam Malik, “How is ALLAH on the Throne? Is he sitting or leaning? Is he reclining?”

--Imam Malik said: the word ON is known but HOW is unknown

--Imam Malik said to ask about this is bid'ah and saw him as a man who causes trouble

--so he kicked him out of the study circle

Why did he kick him out of the study circle?

Because hypocrisy is contagious like the AIDS virus

--therefore if you allowed a hypocrite into the study circle, he will spread his hypocrisy to other people

Some kaafirs will tell you, "If you can’t answer my question, Islam is not for me "


--ALLAH gave us a beautiful example: Surah Luqman 31:25

--ALLAH tipped the Prophet on how to debunk the Qureshi

And if you (O Muhammad SAW) ask them: "Who has created the heavens and the earth," they will certainly say: "Allâh." Say: "All the praises and thanks be to Allâh!" But most of them know not. (Luqman 31:25)

This is the creation of Allâh. So show Me that which those (whom you worship), besides Him have created. Nay, the Zâlimûn (polytheists, wrong­doers and those who do not believe in the Oneness of Allâh) are in plain error. (Luqman 31:11)


--so ALLAH said >>> Surah Al-Maaeij 70:1-2

A questioner questioned concerning the doom about to fall (1) Upon the disbelievers, which none can repel, (2) Surah (Al-Maarij 70:2)

People will ask questions because of their anxieties:

** "If I commit zina, what’s my punishment?”

** “I am addicted to my girlfriend, will I go to Hell for that? "

--these people have anxiety

** "I go to the soothsayers and fortune tellers, does it make a kaafir?"

** "I practice anal sex with my wife, does that make me a kaafir ?"

They know these are haraam, but due to their anxiety, they ask.

-Anal sex with your wife doesn’t make you a kaafir

-but anal sex with a man makes you a kaafir

-there are no gay Muslims: these do not exist

People ask questions due to their anxiety because their relationship with ALLAH is not tight


--if someone in the halaqas believes in democracy, you’re allowed to ask the shaikh to clarify and provide

evidence to show that democracy and Islam is not the same thing, even though you know this answer


--the Barelvis believe that the Prophet is alive in the grave and the Rasul knows the minute details of the ummah

--to dismantle the Shariah of ALLAH, is it minor kufr or major kufr? It is major but you can ask,

"I was told that dismantling the Shariah is a minor kufr, can you show me the evidence?"

You’re allowed to ask this if a Saudi Salafi (MADkhalis) is in the halaqas to educate him on the deen

even though you know the answer to the question


One day the Rasul PBUH was in the masjid in Medina and a man appeared whose clothing were exceedingly white and his hair was very black. He asked the Prophet 5 questions:

1) What is Islam

2) What is eeman

3) What is ihsan

4) When is the Day of Judgment

5) What are the signs for it

That man was Angel Gabriel and he asked the questions to teach the Sahabahs their religion

So you’re allowed to sit in a halaqas and ask questions to the shaikh to educate people who are attending the halaqas who are heretics or deviants, since they are "Muslim by culture, not by conviction"


--did you know that mi5 sends people to ask questions that are incriminating?

--if a person comes to halaqas and says: “can I rob a bank in the UK?”

**this is a mi5 question** ~ this is an incriminating question!

Narrated Abu Huraira: One day while the Prophet was sitting in the company of some people, (The angel) Gabriel came and asked, "what is faith?" Allah's Apostle replied, 'Faith is to believe in Allah, His angels, (the) meeting with Him, His Apostles, and to believe in Resurrection.

The Admins in this room must be alert for these questions because they can be from mi5, cia or fbi


--on many occasions, ALLAH has asked question to wake you up

--many times ALLAH has asked:

“Don’t you have any sense?"

“Then where are you going? (At-Takwir 81:26)

"What is your aim and objective?

“What is your goal?”

“What will you do with your time?"

ALLAH (tala) knows the answer but ALLAH (tala) asks you to wake you and make you become alert

--You are not allowed to be CONFUSED.COM