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Is it prohibited to eat or drink with one's left hand?

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It is an established sunnah to eat and drink with the right hand. Using the left hand for such things is disliked (makrouh), unless one has a genuine reason such as a broken wrist in which case there is no dislike.

This is because in general the use of the right hand is intended for noble matters and the use of the left hand is intended for lowly matters. While it is not prohibited (haram) to use the left hand, to do so without a valid need is offensive. Aisha (ra) related that, 'The Messenger of Allah loved using the right in wearing his shoes, combing his hair, purification and in all his matters' [Bukhari and Muslim]

It is also narrated from Ibn Umar (ra) that the Prophet (saw) said: "When one of you eats, let him eat with his right hand and when he drinks, let him drink with his right hand, for Satan eats with his left hand and drinks with his left hand." [Muslim]

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