Using the right hand when eating and drinking

Hafsah (radi Allahu anha) reported: “The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to use his right hand for eating, drinking and wearing his clothes and used to use his left hand for other purposes.”

[Sunan Abu Dawud]

Commentary:

We benefit from the above Hadith that the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) used to use his right hand when:

  1. Eating
  2. Drinking
  3. Wearing Clothes – He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would begin with the right side when wearing his clothes.

And He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) would use his left hand for other purposes such as washing his private parts and cleaning his nose and similar things.

Therefore as Muslims we are advised to follow the Prophets (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) example when we are performing such actions.

And Allah knows best!

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