Etiquettes of Asking Questions


What is the correct way to address you when asking a question?


In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

As-salāmu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullāhi wa-barakātuh.

When addressing your question to a reliable reputable Allah-fearing Scholar/Mufti, the following etiquette’s should be adhered to:

1. The question should be asked for the sole purpose of practicing on the verdict received and not for any other purposes of debating etc.

2. The question whether verbal or written should be asked with utmost respect and reverence; the language used and body language as well.

3. The question should be clear without any ambiguities and the question you want answered should specifically be outlined after having explained the scenario/situation.

4. The Mufti should not be asked a question whilst he is pre-occupied in other work or thoughts or whilst standing or walking.

5. If the question is written/typed, then it should be written in clear legible language with all details. Computer slang should not be used. An address / contact / name should be provided for correspondence.

6. The questioner should not ask for evidence to be provided for the question posed. That could be asked on a separate occasion if required or necessary after having accepted the verdict of the Mufti.

7. Words of duaa should be used for the Mufti the question is being put to. E.g. May Allah reward you, May Allah be pleased with you.

8. If the query is urgent, that could be stated with utmost respect. The Mufti may or may not respond immediately due to his busy schedule or his attendance to other queries. Research also requires sufficient time.

9. After having received a response / answer from the Mufti, he should not state “I felt the same”, or a “Certain Mufti has said such” etc.

10. Answers are specific to questions posed and language / words used. Thus, one should try to be precise in their questions and in explaining details.

And Allah Ta’āla Knows Best

Mufti Safwaan Ibn Ml Ahmed Ibn Ibrahim

Darul Iftaa
Limbe, Malawi

Checked and Approved by,
Mufti Ebrahim Desai.

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