How can one ask if one does not even exist in that particular pattern/shape/mode in which one is capable of asking? Quran is clear on this:
[15:29]: And when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My soul/ruh, then fall down to him in prostration.
and what this Soul/Ruh provided us with:
[32:9]: Then He proportioned him and breathed into him from His soul/ruh and made for you hearing and vision and hearts; little are you grateful.
See, all the qualities associated with conscious and free-will are after the soul/ruh was breathed in.