What kind of questions are encouraged and/or discouraged in Islam?

The Details of the Question

- The human brain tends to think a lot according to situations and places. There is a verse in which Allah tells a Muslim not to ask Muhammad (pbuh) unnecessary questions.
- I watched a video where Nouman Ali Khan gave some examples from unbelievers related to asking our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) unnecessary questions. For example, he tells us in his video called ‘A Poet?’ (pointing to our Prophet, How does a person resurrect after death?, etc.) to choose our questions carefully and to focus on guidance, not useless thoughts while reading the Quran.
1) Can you show us a way on how to choose questions about Islam that will not lead us to unbelief?
2) What kind of questions are signs that someone has doubts about Islam?
3) What kind of intention should we have while asking questions about Islam and fiqh?
4) Are “How” and “Why” regarded as words of doubt when one asks questions?
5) Some people tend to ask more questions because they are more curious, and some people ask more questions because they have less knowledge. Such people are silenced by others by being told to make do with little information. What should be the responsibility of people who have more questions than average?

The Answer

Dear Brother / Sister,

First of all, we should state that the person who asked the question “How does a person resurrect after death?” in the verse asked it not to learn, but to challenge. Although the expression is in the form of a question, it is not really a question; it is a rebellion, denial and challenge.

No Muslim ever asks questions with this intention:

- He asks to learn and to understand the wisdom.
- He asks in order to find answers to the questions coming from his soul, Satan or others.
- He asks to persuade his mind and to satisfy his heart.
- He asks to strengthen his belief.
- He asks to understand what Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) are pleased with.
- He asks for the happiness of the world and the hereafter.
- He asks because he has not understood.


Thus, there is no harm in asking questions like the ones above and related to similar issues; on the contrary, it is necessary to ask them so that one can find the answers and learn the ways of being a better Muslim.

We advise you to evaluate all the issues in your question according to those criteria.

So, we do not focus on why and how people ask but focus on the question and answer it; we try to understand and help them.

In addition, we do not have the right to question the intentions of the people who ask questions; our duty is to answer the questions.

As a matter of fact, the relevant question in the verse was answered in the verse following it:

“And he makes comparisons for Us, and forgets his own (origin and) Creation: He says, ‘Who can give life to (dry) bones and decomposed ones (at that)?’

Say, ‘He will give them life Who created them for the first time! for He is Well-versed in every kind of creation.’” (Yasin, 78-79)

So, we think that it is not appropriate to impose a limit so that people will ask or not ask about this or that.

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