Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah,
One could waste the time of the scholars in various ways:
a) by spending too much time with them in casual/social ways that burdens them;
b) by asking them irrelevant, unnecessary, or useless questions;
c) by asking them to study things that are above our level or understanding—the proper adab, of course, is to study what they deem fit for us to study;
d) by being lax in our studies, by not fulfilling our responsibilities as outlined by our teachers.
As for studying under scholars, and asking them genuine and relevant questions, these are the true keys to knowledge, and one should not shy away from these even if the scholars are busy. As one person put it, “Why deny them their reward?”
And Allah knows best.
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