The First Ones to Ask

The shaikh, Dr. ʿAbdullāh Al-Bukhārī, may Allāh protect him, said:

Imām Ibn Al-Qayyim commented on the ḥadīth, “Whichever of the two of you is more skilled at medicine,” with his statement:

In this ḥadīth, there is [proof] that [one] must ask for help—in every field of knowledge [or] profession—from the most skilled individual in that [area], followed by the next most skilled, and so on, since [the most skilled person] is the most likely to be on target.

Similarly, it’s required of every person seeking a fatwa to ask for help in the matter that has befallen him from the most knowledgeable, followed by the next most knowledgeable, and so on, since [the most knowledgeable person] is more likely to be on target than those less [knowledgeable] than he.

Zād Al-Maʿād, vol. 4, p. 121.

Source: 3 Aug 22.