Pursuit of knowledge

In reply to some one who posed Sayyidina Ali (Radiallahu Anhu) a difficult question, he replied:

Ask in order to understand, and do not ask in order to find fault, for surely the ignorant man who wants to learn resembles a man of knowledge, and surely a man of knowledge who wants to be difficult resembles an ignorant man who wants to find fault.

To me, this is also saying, pursue information with the intent to use it, rather than in the pursuit of either idle conversation, or to make useless trouble (well, all trouble is useless!).

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