Sayyidina Umar ibn Khattab (Radiallahu Anhu) was once presented with a question, and he asked, did this happen? The questioner replied saying no it didn’t happen. Sayyidina ‘Umar (Radiallahu Anhu) stated, go back, when it happens, then come back and ask us and I will gather for it those who participated in Badr.
The Sahabah did not waste their time answering questions for situations that did not happen. Why should they worry about hypothetical situations, when real cases need to be paid attention at? Not only that, they would gather a shura together, and agree upon a correct verdict rather than simply answering the question themselves out of fear of Allah in regards to giving the wrong answer.
Yet today, we ask questions for matters that don’t have much concern to us, except that it helps us waste time dwelling on purposeless matters so that we can shift the focus from real issues. We also so easily rush to answer questions, under the pretext that we’re doing it for the sake of Allah. How can we be doing it for the sake of Allah, when we don’t even know the answer?! 😕