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What is the Sunnah of Rasulullah SAWS regarding the use of the left and right hand/leg?

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What is the sunnah of Rasulullah (SAWS) to go out from house by left leg/right leg? To put off (remove) dress & shoes by left/right hand/leg? One Mufti Sahib told me, only 2 places mentioned in hadith to use left (1) to exit from masjid, (2) to go to toilet, except these 2 places all other should be by using right leg/hand. But from different Ulama I have heard that anything is good should be done by right, and anything is less prior to good should be by left. This is Sunnah of Rasulullah (SAWS). My question is, what is right?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 836/138/Tatimma/SN=8/1439)

Regarding the use of right and left, we are writing you the summary of the Hadiths mentioned in prevalent books and their commentary made by Hadith commentators, you should follow it. Those actions that belong to the category of respect, cleaning, adornment (for example, wearing clothes, shoes etc, entering in the mosque, doing miswak, cutting the nail or trimming the moustache etc) it is mustahab and desired to start from right side. And those actions that do not serve the above mentioned purposes (for example, entering in the toilet, cleaning nose, urination, putting off clothes etc) it is mustahab and desired to start them from left side. It is recorded in Bukhari Sharif:

كَانَ اَلنَّبِيُّ ‏- صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏-يُعْجِبُهُ اَلتَّيَمُّنُ فِي تَنَعُّلِهِ, وَتَرَجُّلِهِ, وَطُهُورِهُ, وَفِي شَأْنِهِ كُلِّهِ.(رقم 168)‏

[Allah’s Messenger (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) loved to begin with the right while putting on his shoes, combing his hair, in his purification and in all his affairs.]

While explaining this Hadith Allamah Aini (ra) writes:

وقال الشيخ محى الدين: هذه قاعدة مستمرة فى الشرع وهي أن ما كان من باب التكريم والتشريف: كلبس الثوب والسراويل والخف ودخول المسجد والسواك والاكتحال وتقليم الأظافر وقص الشارب وترجيل الشعر ونتف الإبط وحلق الرأس والسلام من الصلاة وغسل أعضاء الطهارة والخروج إلى الخلاء والأكل و الشرب والمصافحة واستلام الحجر الأسود وغيره ذلك مما هو فى معناه يستحب التيامن فيه ، وأما ما كان بضده كدخول الخلاء والخروج من المسجد والامتخاط والاستنجاء وخلع الثوب والسراويل والخف وما أشبه ذلك فيستحب التياسر فيه الخ (عمدة القارى مع البخارى 3/ 32، رقم: 168، ط: دار أحياء التراث العربى)

Also see the following:

شرح مسلم للنوى، التتريب فى شرح التقريب للعراقي، وغيره.


The answer is correct and what you heard from some Ulama its reply is the same which was written above. 

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

This answer was collected from the official ifta website of Darul Uloom Deoband in India.

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