We hate to break it to you but that learned concept of ‘the use of your left hand is bad‘ is actually a shitty concept, and we’ll explain why.
When we asked around what informed this belief of using their right hand in favor of the left, as the use of the left hand is ‘disrespectful’, especially to your elders, we mostly got responses varying from, “Me I don’t know, they just said we shouldn’t use our left hands,” to “How can you sef use your left hand to eat, is it a normal something?”
At first, we thought this was endemic to just Nigeria, but when we did a little research – because we are too lazy to dig any deeper – we found that the reason people frown at using the left hand in eating and other instances is beyond our culture as Nigerians.
If you ask older people, they’ll tell you that the left hand is used in wiping the ass and therefore should not be used in eating or shaking hands or used at all in formal settings, just tuck it somewhere. But if you look at it laiddat, you’d need to consider lefties and the fact that they wipe their asses with their right hand.
In our very “in-depth” research, we found this:
According to islamqa.info, in al-Saheehayn, “O young boy, say the name of Allaah and eat with your right hand, and eat from what is nearest to you.” (Narrated by al-Bukhaari (5376) and Muslim (2022)).
It is the norm in Islam!!!
From the website islamqa.info, it went on to state that, ‘In Saheeh Muslim (2021) it is narrated that a man ate with his left hand in the presence of the Messenger of Allaah (S). He said: “Eat with your right hand.” He said: I cannot. He said: “May you never be able to,” for nothing was preventing him from doing so but arrogance. And he never raised it to his mouth again.’