Minute with a Muslim #198 – Sincere vs. Arrogant Questions

Tom Facchine

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The speaker discusses the importance of avoiding false and dangerous questions, especially when it comes to religion. They stress the need to differentiate between people who ask in good faith and those who ask in bad faith, as it is important to avoid becoming vulnerable to the person on the other end of the call.

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So you really have to take people from where they're coming from Allah says in the Quran, there's two different types of questions. There's people who ask questions of sincerity that wants to know, right? It's like, how is the law going to resurrect? You know, one of the prophets asked that question. And then Allah called forth the birds and told them to cut up the birds and put different parts of the different birds on the mountaintop so that he could bring them back together a lot didn't mock him didn't say what a stupid question that was right? He treated it seriously. And similar things right when you have the howdy Yun, right the disciples of Jesus, when they asked to

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see a sign or they asked to see a table, right? They wanted a table sent down. And then you know, he brought down a table, right? There are certain questions that people ask in order to because they want to increase their faith. They mean well by the question, so you have to treat that person one way. And then there's people who ask questions out of arrogance, right. Like when when Musa alayhis salam was talking about a surah eland said, you have to sacrifice a cap. But questions that Benny Israel was asking, What color should it be? How old? Should it be? All these sorts of things? Those are not genuine questions. Right? Those are questions that are asked out of bad faith. So anybody,

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anybody but especially daddies and Imams, you have to be able to differentiate between a person who's asking you in good faith, and a person who's not asking in good faith, the person who's not asking in good faith, you have a little bit more leeway to clap back at them, right? Because they're they're trying to step to you, they're trying to make you and your religion look like a fool. And so if you're going to make us look like a fool, I'm going to make you look like a fool. Right? Like that's kind of how it goes. That's no problem. And this is something that the Prophet alayhi salatu. Salam did after the bell, right, you have Abu Sufian was like, you know, where's Anwar? Where's this

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companion and prophesy? Some said, don't say anything. But then then when he started praising his gods, he started praising the idols, the prophesy, Saddam said, Aren't you gonna say something? And then Omar, clap back, he said, you know, we're not the same your debtor and hellfire are that are in paradise are that are martyrs. So you have to have a comeback, sometimes for people who are not acting in good faith. However, at the same time, you better be sure that you don't have that reaction towards somebody who's actually asking in good faith, right? Because sometimes Muslims, they, especially the youth, you know, they ask you a question, and maybe the question is

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contaminated with all these sorts of modern ideologies and sort of different things, but they really want to know, I'll never forget, I saw this was years ago, I saw that some somebody was asked a question by a sister, why can't Why aren't there any women, woman prophets? Or why can't women be prophets or something like that? And the person started mocking the the questioner and mocking the question. And that made me so sad. Because even if you find the question to come from a place where this person was misguided or misinformed, or affected by this ideology, or that ideology, the person seemed to be asking good faith. And if a person is asking a question to know, then that person

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deserves to know you need to give them a robust and actual seriously good answer that's going to try to convince them it doesn't mean that you're going to always be able to do that. And maybe that person has other sorts of things within their faith that are obstacles that they need to kind of work through. But you need to be able to differentiate, you have to differentiate between the person who's asking because they're actually making themselves vulnerable to you and actually coming to you with a problem and wanting to hear they want to believe they want to be convinced but they're not. You need to treat that person with kindness and with understanding and you need to help them but

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then a person who's just trying to make you look bad. That's a completely different situation.