I am not a big fan of right-handed minded anymore when my mother told me that I was born left-handed.
I am not forcing my daughter to use her right or left hand to eat or give something to other people.
Not without a reason.
At first, I just followed what my parents do to me, to teach Rania. I am still following them but now I become more reasonable.
Why my kid have to use their right hand to eat and to give something to other people?
While, I may permit her use left hand to throw a ball, to hold a phone, even to point at something.
Why? Because it is sunnah to use right hand to eat. Not period. Well, I hate myself when I sound so preachy 😂
Because right hand and left hand have their own functions. They have been created differently, even though they may look same.
Left hands are used for washing your genitals after peeing and pooping. Not period. Right hands are used for putting meals to your mouth. Not period.
Actually, I just found the later reason a week ago, while doing my research about infectious disease transmission modes. One mode, fecal-oral, answers all these reasons with logic.
When the disease spreads through the fecal-oral route, it means that contaminated feces from an infected person are somehow ingested by another person. For obvious reasons, this almost never happens deliberately. Usually, the situation occurs when an infected person might forget to properly wash his hands after using the toilet.
You may think that people in Rasulullah era may not know about proper hand washing in theory and practice, so they are vulnerable to any water/food-borne diseases that mostly transmitted via fecal-oral route. Cholera is an excellent example of the most burden infectious disease of this transmission mode.
Even people nowadays still susceptible to this diseases, why? Because they can’t see the pathogen with naked eyes. They may stay in your fingernails (this aligns with another sunnah which advise us to cut our fingernails at least once every week, Fridays), and ingested with your meals coincidentally.
Unless you bring microscope with you everywhere everytime, we don’t know whether there are active pathogens in your hands (even after washing them many times).
There are some suggestions for this:
– Don’t use barehand to eat, use any eating tools instead (but there is another sunnah to eat with barehand).
– Cut the fecal-oral route by using different hand that has been used for cleaning your genitals after peeing or pooping.
But then, there is another ‘hole’ of explanation. We still can cut the fecal-oral route by using left hand to eat and use right hand to wash genitals after peeing. Why should we use the right hand to eat? That makes sense.
Now, it is all your choice whether how to tell your kids.
Me, myself, will be still learning Islam even though I was born in Islam, my parents and my surrounding people are mostly moslem. That condition will not make me stop questioning. And every time I don’t have an answer, I just keep asking to God, to keep ‘opening my eyes and ears’.
Again, I hate myself when I sound so preachy 😂
Maybe, it is just my brain which is unable to accept all these explanations.
I get the urgency of cutting my fingernails regularly, but why it is advised on Fridays?
Why Rasulullah use only three fingers (pointer, middle and thumb) to eat with his right hand?
Why people in north or south hemisphere have to fasting several hours more than people living in equator line?
Holy Quran 8:22
۞ إِنَّ شَرَّ الدَّوَابِّ عِندَ اللَّهِ الصُّمُّ الْبُكْمُ الَّذِينَ لَا يَعْقِلُونَ
Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use reason.
Dublin, 39 days to Ramadhan.