Eat with left hand

Is it possible for a man or woman to eat or drink with left hand, even if they do all other things with their left hand like writing cooking etc and they had been doing it since they were children?

Answer
Bismillah

Al-jawab billahi at-taufeeq (the answer with Allah’s guidance)

It is superior to use the right hand for all noble matters, for this was the way of the Messenger of Allah (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam). Sayyida A’isha (RA) said that the he (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) liked to use the right in all matters.

In matters requiring dexterity, such as writing, there is no harm in a left-hander using their left hand. However, one should avoid eating with the left hand, because the Shaitan eats with his left hand. Also, to use the right hand is a specific Sunnah, and dignified conduct, to do so with the right hand.

Unless there is some hardship in using the right hand, such as it being broken, or another similar excuse that causes difficulty in using it to eat with. As for using the left hand only to add food to a morsel, as is the habit with many people, that is not an excuse, and Allah knows best.

And Only Allah Ta’ala Knows Best.

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Moulana Qamruz Zaman
London, UK

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