Can We Ask a Question?

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     When we eat something together with friends or drink our coffee, the conversation usually goes around and eventually gets involved in a gossip or it comes to the daily routine chores and whoever has the strength or enough breath, talks and talks about them as much as he can.

     It doesn’t matter who is listening to these matters or how interested they are, what kind of reaction they are going to give, during the conversation whether their eyes are glowing or not, narrowing or not, frowning or not.

     Anybody can talk but they have never come out of their own world.

The reason is, there is not any matter – any issue that is important enough to even fill up a nut shell or that will create any interest.

     Usually, this is the general state of the contemporary people

     When there are issues that will draw one’s attention and if they remain ambiguous, only a few people will consider asking any questions to get more information about the matter.

     May be it might sound odd but it is a must to ask a question in order not to get carried away with any optimism or pessimism. By using this feature, it is possible to eliminate the problems  and make a progress.

     Such an attitude brings the ability to find a common ground in the discussed matter.

     One who thinks “If I ask a question now, it would be absurd doesn’t do anything but maintain an unsolvable situation.

     A human being finds a clue in his question and starting from there, he decodes all the complexities within the context  and brings them to light.

     In fact, Allah’s Rasul (s.a.v), in this matter, says A question is the half of the knowledge”.

     Quran –el Karim also commands  that human beings should ask questions. It also demands them to be inquirers.

     If a person is not repeating someone else’s speech (if his speech is original), he will certainly meet people who turn their attention to him –inquirers.

     A mentality that can approach  the subject with a clear and coherent question, attracts attention among the audience as much as the lecturer, even more.

     He even becomes the most important guest of that group.

     The reason is, this person has become the inquirer, he has valued the lecturer, he has appreciated the speech and he could catch some details”(he could go down to some of the details).

     Whereas, some, while they are apt to understand some of the things mentioned, avoid asking questions due to their shyness”. They are scared of being treated as nobodies. They don’t want to be seen as ordinary men or be humiliated.

     With these manners, they will be driven away from learning the truth. Until he asks himself “what kind of a question shall I direct?”, the conversation flows, goes on to another subject and covers the previous one.

     I also would like to mention another group of people who “never ask questions/who never question”, i.e. “ignorant people”.

     They can never set themselves free from the distressing situations they are in.

     When simple speeches are given if no questions are asked, then this indicates that the things that are being told are the repetitions of someone else’ words, ideas.

     When a lecturer realizes that there are unclear parts in his speech, he pulls himself together and creates a different mood for himself, and pays extra attention to his forthcoming answers.

     This act is also an indication of the respect that he feels for the person who asked the question.

     Another remarkable thing is that absolutely not a single sound comes out from a community under pressure (everyone remains silent).

     If, there is no urge (a real, strong wish)  for enlightenment, then this person who is asking the question will be left in a difficult situation.

     Moreover, to bring unrelated things to the conversation for the sake of presenting  oneself as an extraordinary person, but in the end to make others think  that there is no correlation between the two subjects, is almost an expression of incapability.

     It is important to point out the matters people are curious about and explain the things other participants can also get benefit from.

     See, these types of questions are very valuable.

     However, there are some who open up their mouth just to satisfy their curiosity. Obviously, these types of attempts are not taken into consideration in terms of knowledge. Whereas some intimate conversations are more towards the individual’s privacy.

     Religion forbids asking this type of questions.

     If an answer is to be given, it will be hurtful as well as realistic. It wouldn’t be appropriate to do such a thing, that is, to put the said person in this position and push him to tell the truth. Moreover, it also would hurt and upset the person who will give the answer..

     If, we need to give an advice to contribute to the upbringing of the current and future generations, that would be to lead them and encourage them to ask high quality questions.

     Yes, today’s young generation should read carefully and when they are puzzled(unable to perceive), they should be able to ask questions to whom they can trust in a well behaved manner.

     Enlightened days can only be reached  with this approach.

It shouldn’t be forgotten that the main factor behind the confidence of a community and behind its efforts for progress is the determination and the ability in asking questions.

     A human being has always become an inquirer every time he was stuck and made himself stronger by getting the information he needed.

     One who can ask a good question, as we have mentioned before, is a civilized and reputable person. It wouldn’t be wise to blunt this ability.

     A person, who asks useful questions, improves in such a short period of time that  makes others surprised.

He sets the foundation of the knowledge.

     Now, he is far from where he used to be.

     A human being will overcome his current difficulties with the help of his questions as he has  done tens of thousands of years before.

It is definitely beneficial for him to think in this manner.

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Ýstanbul - 08.03.2011