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Drinking with left hand with the support of one’s right hand

Fatwaa ID: 638

What is the ruling on drinking from a cup with the left hand with support of the right hand, in order to avoid spoiling the cup? This is mainly when consuming food such as rice & curry, wings etc.

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Eating and drinking with the right hand is an emphasized sunnah of Rasulullaah ﷺ. In almost all cases, the cup is washed after being used. There is no difference whether it is “spoiled” or not. Even if there is, it would not hurt to use a bit more effort to wash it off. One should drink directly with the right hand. Our mashaayikh would advise us, “Soil the cup, not the sunnah.” Nevertheless, in situations where it may be difficult, such as when sharing cups, then one may use the right hand and substitute some pressure with the left. The right hand should be the primary, and the left for support.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

07/29/1444 AH | 02/20/2023 CE | AMG3-3387

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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