Becoming Better Muslims

The Adab of Eating & Drinking


Have you been told to eat or drink with your right hand when you eat or drink with your left hand? Take heed cuz Satan eats and drinks with his left hand. It is very important not to follow the Satan so do remind yourself everytime you eat and drink. It’s hard at first but it will become second nature to you in no time, insya Allah

It’s usually tricky with drinking so these are some practical tips:

  1. Open your water containers/bottles with your left hand. While your bottle cap is in your left hand, it will be natural for you to drink using your right hand. It’s kinda hard at first for a righty but you will get used to it
  2. Place your cup or water container on your right-hand side e.g while working in front of a computer or having coffee at a coffee house. When you feel thirsty, naturally you will reach out with your right hand since it is on your right-hand side. If you drink from a water bottle then tip #1 will be in action hence you will drink with your right hand
  3. If you eat with your hand, avoid from drinking while you are still eating (except if you are chocking, of course). There is a tendency to drink with your left hand cuz you feel it is not right to dirty the cup or to dirty your hand before you dip back into the plate. When you are done eating, you would usually lick, wipe and wash your hands then with clean hands it will be natural for you to drink with your right hand

As for eating, it is so not cool to eat with your left hand, especially on a day-to-day basis you clean yourself with your left hand. Even if you are lefty or the Western culture having the fork on the left and knife on the right, try your best to eat with your right hand

If you practice the Sunnah, you will be rewarded. All your hard work, concentration and focus to change from eating and drinking with your left hand to with your right hand will be rewarded, insya Allah

This hadith can be found in Sahih Muslim, in the Book of Drinks (كتاب الأشربة). Referrence number 5265 below is from the English Translation of Sahih Muslim, Darussalam Publication

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