Discussion and Debates

If you are having difficulty understanding some of what has been said by the speaker, restrain yourself until he finishes, and thereafter ask for clarification gently, politely and with a proper introduction. Do not interrupt a person’s talk. This is contrary to the proper manner of listening and stirs up contempt in the heart. However, this is not the case if it is a gathering of studying and learning. In such a case, asking questions and initiating a discussion is desirable if conducted respectfully and tactfully and only after the teacher finishes.

Khalifah Al-Ma’mún [Rahimahullah] said, “Discussion entrenches knowledge more than mere acceptance.”

Imam Haitham Ibn ‘Adi [Rahimahullah], a known scholar and historian as well as, one of the companions of the four khalifahs, Abu Jafar Al-Mansúr, Al-Mahdí, Al-Hádí, and Ar-Rashid [Rahimahumullah] said, “The men of wisdom say:

“It is disrespectful to overwhelm people as they speak and to interrupt them before they end their speech.”



  1. Raheel said,

    March 1, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Definitely, meanings of any speech are unclear until speaker finishes.

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