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    Question ID: 160211Country: Bangladesh

    Title: Which hand should be used to drink water etc?

    Question: 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.

    Answer ID: 160211

    Bismillah hir-Rahman nir-Rahim !

    (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 (Subhana Wa Ta'ala) knows Best

    Darul Ifta,

    Darul Uloom Deoband, India