19 February 2014 CE | 17 Rabbi al-Thanni 1435 AH

Hadith Explanation

Give and Take with Right

The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Let any one of you eat with his right hand, drink with his right hand, take with his right hand and give with his right hand, for the Shaytaan eats with his left hand, drinks with his left hand, gives with his left hand and takes with his left hand.” [Sunan Ibn Maajah]

If we know that something is one of the things that Shaytaan likes, or is one of his characteristics, then we must do the opposite. From early childhood we practice how to use our hand to eat, drink, write, draw, and do all manner of things with it. We just need to ensure that we teach our children to use the right one for eating, drinking, giving and taking. If a child is inclined to use the left, gently remind him/her, holding their hand back, till they get used to using the right one.

There is no advantage to eating, drinking, giving or taking with the left hand. Nobody who says so should be believed. The Shaytaan always comes in the form of one keen to offer sincere advice, for if he said, “I hate you and the goal of my life is to send you and your family to Hell, so listen to me” nobody would listen to him.

Since Shaitaan is a liar and deceiver one has to do the opposite of what he says, i.e., do exactly what Allah and His Messenger Muhammad (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) tell us to do.

Shaitaan should be told, “If you want to offer sincere advice to anyone, offer it to yourself, for you have doomed yourself to Hell and brought upon yourself the wrath of the Almighty. How can anyone offer advice to others when he cannot take it himself?” [Islamic Creed Series: The World of the Jinn and Devils In the Light of the Quran and Sunnah, by Dr. Umar S. al-Ashqar]

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