Ask the Schoolar
Ask The Scholar
Question Details

Question: I am a revert of two and a half years standing. I am left-handed. I know the sunnah practices of eating with the right hand, cleansing oneself with the left hand and so on. My question is with regard to writing. Is it okay for me to write with my left hand? I have managed to learn to eat with my right hand in imitation of the Prophet (SAW) but writing with my right hand would be nigh-on impossible for me. Please advise me.

I commend for your desire to know your religion and practice it earnestly. It is true that in Islam is highly recommended for us to use our right hand while doing things such as eating, drinking, wearing, writing, etc., and use the left hand for acts such as cleaning ourselves after defecation, etc. If, however, you are left- handed and you find it hard to write with your right hand, then you can consider yourself excused. For Islam teaches us that we are not accountable for such actions that are beyond our ability or means; Allah says in the Qur’an, “Allah does not burden any soul with more than it can bear.” (Qur’an: 2: 286). And, “He has not placed any hardship for you in your religion.” (Qur’an: 22: 78). “Allah wants ease for you, not hardship.” (Qur’an: 2: 185). Scholars have inferred from the above verses that the rigor of the law is relaxed in case of extreme hardship.

In light of the above, you are considered excused if you write with your left hand. So you need not grieve over this matter. May Allah strengthen you in your desire to remain steadfast on the path of Islam, and may He bestow on us all His grace and mercy in both worlds-aameen.

Ask the Schoolar