STANCE of a MUSLIMAH

Our Lord! You truly know all that we may hide in our hearts as well as all that we bring into the open, for nothing whatsoever, be it on earth or in heaven, remains hidden from Allah. {Quran, 14:38}

2/28/2006

The Right


Someone's been making me think about an issue lately. Why should we eat with our right hands? Even if we are left handed? Growing up I never really knew. I just did it because my mom said it was the suitable thing to do. Then this weekend someone brought it to my attention by just asking "Why?" Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) always used his right hand, I knew this and I knew that there was at least some importance to it in the Quran. So my answer was "Sunnah", implying that if the Last Messenger did it then I want to be his copycat. But having looked into it the past few days with detail I came up with this.

Searching for verses from the Noble Quran on “Right Hand” in the index, I came up with “Righteousness” amongst other words. I asked God in my heart, not even whispers from my lips, that I would find knowledge of the significance of it. I then opened the Book and the first verse my eyes laid upon was:

And those on the Left Hand (i.e. those who will be given their Record in their left hands), Who will be those on the Left Hand? (As a disgrace for them, because they will enter Hell). [56:9]

Allah saw what my request was in me, and SubhanAllah/All Glory belongs to God, there it was!! There are no coincidences in life. The word “coincidence” is a word made up by our enemy, the Cursed Satan/ Iblees. Every aspect of every detail is planned, things do not happen just for the sake of nothing. Anyways, I continued to search and this is what I found in Noble Quran:

And the Book (one’s Record) will be placed (in the right hand for a believer in the Oneness of Allah, and in the left hand for a disbeliever in the Oneness of Allah), and you will see the Mujrimoon (criminals, polytheists, sinners, etc.), fearful of that which is (recorded) therein. They will say: "Woe to us! What sort of Book is this that leaves neither a small thing nor a big thing, but has recorded it with numbers!" And they will find all that they did, placed before them, and your Lord treats no one with injustice. {18:49}

And those on the Right Hand, who will be those on the Right Hand? {56:27}

For those on the Right Hand. A multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the first generation (who embraced Islam). And a multitude of those (on the Right Hand) will be from the later times (generations). And those on the Left Hand Who will be those on the Left Hand? {56:38-41}

And if he (the dying person) be of those on the Right Hand, Then there is safety and peace (from the Punishment of Allah) for (you as you are from) those on the Right Hand. {56:90-91}

On the Day you shall see the believing men and the believing women their light running forward before them and by their Right Hands. Glad tidings for you this Day! Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise), to dwell therein forever! Truly, this is the great success! {57:12}

Oh you who believe! Turn to Allah with sincere repentance! It may be that your Lord will remit from you your sins, and admit you into Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) the Day that Allah will not disgrace the Prophet (Muhammad, peace & blessings upon him) and those who believe with him, their Light will run forward before them and with (their Records Books of deeds) in their Right Hands they will say: "Our Lord! Keep perfect our Light for us and do not put it off till we cross over the Sirat (a slippery bridge over the Hell) safely and grant us forgiveness. Verily, You are Able to do all things." {66:8}

Then as for him who will be given his Record in his Right Hand will say: "Take, read my Record! {69:19}

Then, as for him who will be given his Record in his Right Hand, {84:7}

They are those on the Right Hand (the dwellers of Paradise), {90:18}
These are not all of them either, while there are also many revealing the companions of the left hand..but I didn’t want to go there now!

So then that question may arise from all of this. Why did God choose the right over left? Muslims are encouraged to ask questions, to seek knowledge. Not only encouraged, but are commanded to do so as well. The ruling is to seek knowledge that will benefit us in attaining a closer relationship with our Creator, and to admit that we are ignorant and there is no possible way for us to understand every aspect of every detail. We are not made to always to always “get it”. There is knowledge with Allah that is not with us. Reason or faith? Well in Islam, Muslims should have a balance of both. Some Muslims have faith and follow Islam blindly without really appreciating the wisdom behind the ways. While others follow Islam as long as every detail makes sense. Islam is a religion and way of moderation. So that balance of both is a must, of reason and faith in order to fully comprehend teachings that God has prescribed, and Prophet Muhammad (peace & blessings be upon him) has taught. This is what Jihad really is, an internal struggle to not only figure out the purpose of life but to implement it with faith that it is the only way of life God will accept, like it or not. If you do not like it, then ask yourself why? What is it in you that prevents you, me from just doing it? What makes us so confident, even arrogant like, or even the opposite, so careless that we have given up hope in Allah? Being a Muslim is much more than accepting Islam as yours. Being a Muslim is a duty upon every one, a responsibility to all of humanity. Free will is following your natural love for seeking Truth, Fitra. Free will is not doing whatever you desire. Let us not underestimate accountability. Let’s be those who accept our book of deeds in our right hand. Let’s not only practice the use of our right hand in accepting good things like food in this world, but also be of those who accept the best of all things with anticipation utilizing our right hand on Judgment Day.

May Allah accept our deeds and may we be among those who receives glad tidings in our right. Ameen.
Allah Knows Best.

9 Comments:

At February 28, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

SubhanAllah, i had never thought of this before, this is amazing! Especially the picture of the hand. Jazaki Allahu khair for sharing this.

 
At February 28, 2006, Anonymous heba, umibrahim's sister said...

i usually never comment on anything, but this was so surprising i had to. i've wondered so many times about this, but i never thought there was any actual backing to the whole left hand verses right hand issue. thanks for sharing this.

 
At February 28, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

yeah, this is one of those things that we should pay more attention too. especially people who are left hand dominant, like me as a kid..and i never understood why my mom trained me to use my right hand..but now i am grateful she did.

 
At March 01, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

Heba!!! You don't even comment on my blog. I can't believe this - LOL!

 
At March 01, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

subhanAllah! i'm just happy that someone's responding!! (and obviously reading!)

 
At March 02, 2006, Anonymous Um Ibrahim said...

I just remembered, my brother Safwan used to be left-handed when he was little. Then he fell and broke his left arm, so he could not use his left hand for several weeks since the arm was in a cast. So he HAD to learn to use his right hand, and has been right-handed ever since.

 
At March 02, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

SubhanAllah, through that hardship your mom & ofcourse Safwan went through their was a deeper Plan. All you lefty's..try using your right hand to recieve good things.
May Allah reward you um ibrahim.

 
At March 03, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

SubhanAllah, that was so interesting! i had never even thought of it that way.

Jazakallahu Khair for sharing.

ummZ

 
At March 03, 2006, Blogger SUHAA said...

may Allah increase all of us in knowledge..
and reward u.. umm Z

 

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