As students, we've grown up being expected to answer every question. We feel quite embarrassed if we don't know an answer, and we resort to giving an opinion or whatever first comes to mind. And sometimes we get the answer right (what a relief).

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But saying "I don't know" is honest, and makes you an honest person. Maybe you won't be the smartest at school, but you will definitely be brave.

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The benefits of saying "I don't know":

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- You are more inclined to find out the truth
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- You are a solution seeker
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- You help your teachers become better teachers
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- You create a positive, open environment
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- You teach people to be truthful, no matter what

I was starting to think about this when we studied in the Quran:

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"...those who say, " Allah has taken a son." They have no knowledge of it, nor had their fathers. Grave is the word that comes out of their mouths; they speak not except a lie." (The Cave: 4-5)

We learn that polytheism stemmed from people making things up or giving their opinion on things they don't know, so we are encouraged not to talk about things we have no knowledge on.

"And do not pursue that of which you have no knowledge. Indeed, the hearing, the sight and the heart - about all those [one] will be questioned." (The Night Journey: 36)

But in general, it's okay to just say "I don't know" especially if you just simply... don't know.

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