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Use right hand to drink and eat

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As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)


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assalam-u- alaikum!

i just want to know if it is not allowed to drink water from glass with u`r left hand???or use a spoon with u`r left hand to eat.

my husband makes it sound like drinking anything using u`r left hand is "haram". for all i know ...using right hand is sunnath & not "fard".PLEASE CLARIFY!!! 


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Use right hand to drink and eat

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad(saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Al-Muwatta Hadith 49.6

Yahya related Abdullah ibn Umar that the Messenger of Allah (saws) said, "When you eat, eat with your right hand and drink with your right hand. Shaytaan eats with his left hand, and drinks with his left hand."


Sahih Muslim Hadith 5008 Narrated by Abdullah ibn Umar

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: When any one of you intends to eat (meal), he should eat with his right hand, and when he (intends) to drink he should drink with his right hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand.


Hafsah reported, "The Messenger of Allah (saws) reserved his right hand for eating, drinking, putting on his clothes, taking and giving. He used his left hand for other actions."

(Related by Ahmad, Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, Ibn Hibban, al-Hakim and al-Baihaqi).


Sahih Muslim Hadith 5007 Narrated by Jabir ibn Abdullah

Allah's Messenger (saws) said: Do not eat with your left hand, for the Satan eats with his left hand.


It is not only the Sunnah of the Messenger of Allah (saws) to eat and drink with the right hand, but also his (saws) explicit command unto the believers that they should not eat with the left hand; and it is fard or obligatory on the believers, who sincerely fear Allah and the Last Day, to obey each and every command of the Messenger of Allah (saws).


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 4 Surah Nisa verse 79-80:We have sent you (O Mohamed) as a Messenger to mankind, and Allahs witness suffices for this. Whoever obeys the Messenger, in fact obeys Allah, and whoever turns away from him, he will be accountable for his deeds. Anyhow, we have not sent you (O Mohamed) to be a guardian over them.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 3 Surah Ale Imran verse 31-32:O Prophet, tell the people, If you sincerely love Allah, follow me. Then Allah will love you and forgive you your sins, for He is All Forgiving, All Merciful. Also say to them, Obey Allah and His Messenger. And if, in spite of this, they do not accept your invitation, warn them that Allah does not love those, who refuse to obey Him and His Messenger.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allahs Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

Your Brother in Islam,





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