Eating with the Right Hand

Salamah bin Al-Akwa (radi Allahu anhu) reported: My father said that a person ate in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with his left hand. He (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said, “Eat with your right hand”. He (the man) said, “I cannot do that.” Thereupon He (the Prophet) said, “May you never do that.” It was pride that prevented him from doing it. And he could not raise it (the right hand) up to his mouth afterwards.

[Sahih Muslim]

Commentary:

We learn the following from this hadith:

  1. To eat with the left hand without a valid reason, is a repulsive act. Besides eating, every other good action was done by the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) with his right hand.
  2. To ignore the Injunctions of Allah and the practice of the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) out of pride is a serious offense and can endanger even the Faith of a Muslim.

And Allah Knows Best!

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