Hadith on Questions: Warning against asking baseless unnecessary questions

Sa’d reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Among the most criminal of Muslims towards other Muslims are those who ask about a matter that is not forbidden and then it becomes forbidden to people due to his questioning.

Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6859, Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2358

Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi (authenticity agreed upon) according to Al-Bukhari and Muslim

Al-Khattabi said, “This tradition is regarding those who ask pretentiously or stubbornly about matters in which they have no need. As for those who ask about a necessary matter, because the issue has affected them, they should ask about it and there is not sin or fault upon them.”

Source: Sharḥ al-Nawawī ‘alá Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim 2358

عَنْ سَعْدٍ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ أَعْظَمُ الْمُسْلِمِينَ فِي الْمُسْلِمِينَ جُرْمًا مَنْ سَأَلَ عَنْ أَمْرٍ لَمْ يُحَرَّمْ فَحُرِّمَ عَلَى النَّاسِ مِنْ أَجْلِ مَسْأَلَتِهِ

6859 صحيح البخاري كتاب الاعتصام بالكتاب والسنة باب ما يكره من كثرة السؤال وتكلف ما لا يعنيه

2358 صحيح مسلم كتاب الفضائل باب توقير النبي وترك إكثار سؤاله عما لا ضرورة إليه أو لا يتعلق به تكليف وما لا يقع

قَالَ الْخَطَّابِيُّ هَذَا الْحَدِيثُ فِيمَنْ سَأَلَ تَكَلُّفًا أَوْ تَعَنُّتًا فِيمَا لَا حَاجَةَ بِهِ إِلَيْهِ فَأَمَّا مَنْ سَأَلَ لِضَرُورَةٍ بِأَنْ وَقَعَتْ لَهُ مَسْأَلَةٌ فَسَأَلَ عَنْهَا فَلَا إِثْمَ عَلَيْهِ وَلَا عُتْبَ

2358 شرح النووي على مسلم