“so when you understand him, then respond”

Yahyaa ibn Khaalid (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

“Do not respond to anyone until you have understood their words, For that will cause you to respond to what they have not said, and thus confirm your own ignorance. Rather you must understand his speech properly. So when you understand him, then respond. And do not rush to answer before asking for clarity. And do not be shy to seek clarity when you do not understand. For verily answering before understanding is sheer idiocy! So if you do not know before asking, then ask! Then it will come to you. Your questioning and seeking clarity is more praiseworthy and better for you then being silent and incapable of expressing yourself!”

Jaami’ Bayaan al-Ilm wa Fadlihi #1001

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