Keeping Things General

The shaikh, Dr. Muḥammad ibn Ghālib Al-ʿUmarī, may Allāh protect him, said:

From the etiquettes of dealing [with others] is that you don’t ask your brother about details in his life [regarding] issues he doesn’t like to bring up. General inquiries are enough for you.

Then if he elaborates in detail for you, that’s his affair; [but] if he answers you in a general [way], he’s drawing your attention to [that] lack of details, [so that you don’t ask about them].

An exception to that might be [when] you know someone likes [your asking him about details]—the testimonies of your relationship with him [over time] being proof of that.

Source: 8 Sep 21. 22:44 GMT+3.