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The more knowledgeable members don't ask questions

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Over the years I have noticed that the more knowledgeable members (and even many with less knowledge - like myself) tend not to open threads to ask questions. Why is that?

Is it because they think that no one else can give them knowledge? Is it because they fear for their reputation as a person of knowledge? Is it because the ordinary person expects the knowledgeable to be beyond the asking of questions?

I see it not just on the forum but even in person. People who study a few subjects and know very little about other subjects, tend not to ask others who may have more knowledge about the latter. Often they don’t even ask about subjects that interest them.

I don’t know if we can call these people true students of knowledge. Always wanting to answer but never wanting to ask. And maybe it's not completely their own fault?

 

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For some people it's their ego, but for most people it's because they have the whole vast internet to find their answers. Most of the questions can be found by searching on Google, and sometimes the questions have already been asked and answered by others in the past.

Edited by Hassan Y

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:salam:

There is no way that a person on a sincere journey of seeking truth won't have questions - no matter how knowledgeable they get. Nevertheless, they may come to a realization that online forums aren't the best place to receive certain answers, and that one may need to go through more formal ways to acquire certain types of knowledge. Some may not ask certain questions in public because they fear their questions can end up confusing misinformed people who occasionally read these forums, and perhaps even lead them astray.

Wasalam

Edited by Ibn al-Hussain

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48 minutes ago, Muhammed Ali said:

Is it because they think that no one else can give them knowledge? Is it because they fear for their reputation as a person of knowledge? Is it because the ordinary person expects the knowledgeable to be beyond the asking of questions?

If they really were knowledgeable then they would realise that the assumptions of people have no impact whatsoever.

Perhaps most importantly a person who lowers themselves to a student is actually considered very honourable by other people.

I have another question: How many of us are willing to learn from another member of the forum who isn't so well known for their knowledge? Do we just dismiss them when they offer their insights into a particular topic that they are interested in? 

I have a feeling that those of us who use this site to socialise are less likely to have our insights respected or even read by another member, even if we may have a decent understanding of the topic at hand.

Not to say that I'm not afflicted with this bias to a degree, but I do try and take information from members of different backgrounds. 

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Shiachat is like a supportive community which can help one seek knowledge and be on the correct path. The user then should do his/her own detail research through quran/books etc.

Having said this, some users just feel the need to mainly answer questions and offer their help as much as they can, even though they have limited knowledge. We can't judge what is on everyone's mind.

 

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People go through phases where their questions are best discussed, and through phases where their questions are best resolved by searching books, and through phases in which the answers are brought out by contemplation. 

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1 hour ago, notme said:

People go through phases where their questions are best discussed, and through phases where their questions are best resolved by searching books, and through phases in which the answers are brought out by contemplation. 

True story.

Sometimes it's better to discover on your own without biased outside input. That's what I had to begin doing recently with pretty much everything.

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Salam,

When one seeks the truth one may find some things in some sects he agree with but that doen't have to mean that he embraces that sect totally while he find other things from other sects he agrees with as well.

One agrees because one found out and not by blindly accepting all.

This being said asking questions can make people react nervously or a bit angry because they do not understand that one is not one of them in all matters so their anwsers will be a bit biased or/and personal.

That is why it is sometimes better  to ask just general questions and not to ask things which questions some foundations of certain sects on their forums.

It's hard to stay objective sometimes but meanwhile a lot of things muslims from all sects are defending do not even have a basis in the Quran itself. So even if they let loose some of these beliefs they'd still be muslims.

It's not only a skill to know how to discuss but also when to quit a discussion as in some cases the repeat-modus is on.

 

Edited by Faruk

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On 4-3-2017 at 9:50 PM, Ibn al-Hussain said:

Some may not ask certain questions in public because they fear their questions can end up confusing misinformed people who occasionally read these forums, and perhaps even lead them astray.

This. I remember posts by McIsaac in the past that made me delve way too deep into things I had no business delving into at that time.

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2 hours ago, hasanhh said:

l guess what kinds of questions isn't specified well enough.

Knowledge is fathomless. Even all scholars do not have knowledge of everything. Otherwise there would not be any differences of opinion.

But as someone pointed out, asking questions in an Internet forum will not always get the best results.

it could even confuse the questioner and he could lose his focus.

 

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Maybe some members or guests ask questions anonymously. It has happened before that someone will bring it up in another topic, that so-and-so asked a question which means they did not know something, to try and make that person look ignorant. Sometimes it is a matter of not knowing a word in another language. If you know something in your own language, that doesn't mean you don't know it at all. 

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On 05/03/2017 at 7:18 AM, Muhammed Ali said:

Why is that?

A person in need of answers would not necessarily rush immediately to the first available booth, which in case of SC members, may probably be SC itself. Perhaps many SC members would but some might consider other (and in their view, better) options. 

It is also doubtful that answers from SC members, however knowledgeable, cannot be improved upon or cover every aspect of a situation. After all, 'knowledgeable' is a very relative word.   

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