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Review your information before emailing it to people. All of your other Hadiths were great. But this one is downright mis-informative.
It is NOT ABSOLUTELY prohibited to eat with your left hand.
Jabir (r.a.) said: I heard the Messenger of Allah (saws) as saying: "Do not eat with your left hand, because the Shaytaan eats and drinks with his left hand.``
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Not ‘absolutely’ prohibited to eat left hand
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Unless and until one does not have a right hand, or one’s right hand is injured or paralyzed and one is physically unable to lift one’s food or drink with one’s right hand unto one’s mouth…..the scholars and the jurists in Islam are absolutely unanimous in their opinion that the Command of the Messenger of Allah (saws) of ‘Do not eat with your left hand….’ should be taken as an absolute prohibition by the believers who sincerely fears Allah and the Last Day.
Respected brother in Islam, if you have any reason or evidence or endorsement from the Quran or the Sunnah to believe that it is permissible and not absolutely prohibited for the believers to eat with their left hand…..we humbly request you to present that evidence.
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