If a person started telling you or your group something that you know very well, you should pretend as if you do not know it. Do not rush to reveal your knowledge or to interfere with the speech. Instead, show your attention and concentration. The honourable follower Imam ‘Ata ibn Abi Rabah said: “A young man would tell me something that I may have heard before he was born. Nevertheless, I listen to him as if I have never heard it before.”

Khalid bin Safwan Al-Tamimi, who was with the two caliphs Omar bin Abdul Aziz; and Hisham bin Abdul Malik, said: “If a person tells you something you have heard before or news that you already learned, do not interrupt him or her to exhibit your knowledge to those present. This is a rude and an ill manner.”

The honourable Imam ‘Abdullah bin Wahab Al-Qurashi Al-Masri, a companion of Imam Malik, Al-Laith bin Sa’d and Al-Thawri, said: “Sometimes a person would tell me a story that I have heard before his parents had wed. Yet I listen as if I have never heard it before.”

Ibrahim bin Al-Junaid said: “A wise man said to his son: ‘learn the art of listening as you learn the art of speaking. Listening well means maintaining eye contact, allowing the speaker to finish the speech, and restraining yourself from interrupting his speech.’”

from the book ISLAMIC MANNERS
By Shaykh Abdul-Fattaah Abu Ghuddah (RA)

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