Which hand should be used to drink water etc?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Darulifta-Deoband.com
Here when we eat rice and curry, in the mean time for drinking water we take glass by left hand supporting by right hand, similarly to take more curry/rice we use spoon by left hand, the reason is if we use right hand, the glass /spoon will be dirty and this will be odd looking to others (this direction given by some Ulama). But some of my Indian & Pakistani friends advised me to use right hand directly because of sunnah and also told glass/spoon can be dirty but heart should not be dirty. They also got it from Ulama. What is the right way of sunnah of Rasulullah SAWS.

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

(Fatwa: 863/814/SD=8/1439)


One should eat cleaning his fingers well and drink water with right hand and curry etc should be taken with right hand because it is sunnah to do good work with right hand. However, if the right hand is busy in eating then there is no harm to take support of left hand for drinking water or take curry with left hand, it is lawful.

يجعل يمينه لطعامه و شرابه وشماله لما سوى ذلك، فان احتيج الى الاستعانة بالشمال، فبحكم التبعية . (عمدة القارى: 387/14، ط: زكريا) (تحفة الالمعى: 149/ 5، كتاب الاطعمة)

Allah knows Best!

Darul Ifta,
Darul Uloom Deoband

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