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Start with Your Right (Ahadith 2038 – 2039)


Book of Distribution of Water [Kitaab-ul-Musaaqaat] starts today..

Volume 3, Book 40, Number 541 :
Narrated by Sahl bin Sad (radiallaahu `anhu)
A tumbler (full of milk or water) was brought to the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) who drank from it, while on his right side there was sitting a boy who was the youngest of those who were present and on his left side there were old men. The Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) asked, “O boy, will you allow me to give it (i.e. the rest of the drink) to the old men?” The boy said, “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam)! I will not give preference to anyone over me to drink the rest of it from which you have drunk.” So, the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) gave it to him.

Volume 3, Book 40, Number 542 :
Narrated by Az-Zuhri
Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu) said, that once a domestic sheep was milked for Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) while he was in the house of Anas bin Malik (radiallaahu `anhu). The milk was mixed with water drawn from the well in Anas’s house. A tumbler of it was presented to Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) who drank from it. Then Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) was sitting on his left side and a Bedouin on his right side. When the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) removed the tumbler from his mouth, ‘Umar (radiallaahu `anhu) was afraid that the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) might give it to the Bedouin, so he said. “O Allah’s Apostle (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam)! Give it to Abu Bakr (radiallaahu `anhu) who is sitting by your side.” But the Prophet (sallallaah `alayhi wasallam) gave it to the Bedouin, who was to his right and said, “You should start with the one on your right side.”

So the rule would be to always start from the right, unless the two sides have age difference, in which case the elders take precedence – if the younger ones allow. This is to respect the elders.

Question: is it really important to start from the right? As we know, Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) liked to do so in all his daily activities.

`A’isha relates that the Prophet (peace be upon him) used to like to start with the right side when putting on his sandals, combing his hair, engaging in his ritual purifications, and in all of his activities. [Bukhari]

Read the elaborate answer here, but know that if you follow even the personal preferences of the Prophet (sallallaahu `alayhi wasallam) as Sunnah, you will be rewarded. Let not a term of fiqh stop you from doing it. :)

The Story of Adhaan (Ahadith 577-581)


The previous post on ‘Satanic Oaths’ has been updated Alhamdulillah. Check it out.

Kitaab-ul-Adhaan [Book of the Call to Prayer] starts today.

Adhaan: The call to prayer pronounced loudly to indicate that the time of praying is due.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 577:

Narrated Anas:

The people mentioned the fire and the bell (they suggested those as signals to indicate the starting of prayers), and by that they mentioned the Jews and the Christians. Then Bilal was ordered to pronounce Adhan for the prayer by saying its wordings twice, and for the Iqama (the call for the actual standing for the prayers in rows) by saying its wordings once. (Iqama is pronounced when the people are ready for the prayer).

  • The Adhaan was introduced in the first or second year of Hijrah.
  • Using fire/bell was not encouraged because that was the way of the Jews and Christians. Muslims are ordered to differentiate. So we say the Adhaan as a call to prayer. :)

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 578:

Narrated Ibn ‘Umar:

When the Muslims arrived at Medina, they used to assemble for the prayer, and used to guess the time for it. During those days, the practice of Adhan for the prayers had not been introduced yet. Once they discussed this problem regarding the call for prayer. Some people suggested the use of a bell like the Christians, others proposed a trumpet like the horn used by the Jews, but ‘Umar was the first to suggest that a man should call (the people) for the prayer; so Allah’s Apostle ordered Bilal to get up and pronounce the Adhan for prayers.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 579:

Narrated Anas:

Bilal was ordered to repeat the wording of the Adhan for prayers twice, and to pronounce the wording of the Iqamas once except “Qad-qamat-is-Salat”.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 580:

Narrated Anas bin Malik:

When the number of Muslims increased they discussed the question as to how to know the time for the prayer by some familiar means. Some suggested that a fire be lit (at the time of the prayer) and others put forward the proposal to ring the bell. Bilal was ordered to pronounce the wording of Adhan twice and of the Iqama once only.

Volume 1, Book 11, Number 581:

Narrated Abu Qilaba:

Anas said, “Bilal was ordered to pronounce the wording of Adhan twice and of Iqama once only.” The sub narrator Isma’li said, “I mentioned that to Aiyub and he added (to that), “Except Iqama (i.e. Qad-Qamatis-Salat which should be said twice).”


Right Way: To Start From The Right (Hadith No. 168)


Do you have a habit of starting everything from the right side? Eating with the right hand, washing the right side of the body first while taking a bath, using the right hand to give/take, preferring the one sitting/standing on your right etc. It’s a good habit! :)

Volume 1, Book 4, Number 168:

Narrated Um-‘Atiya:

that the Prophet at the time of washing his deceased daughter had said to them, “Start from the right side beginning with those parts which are washed in ablution.”

This Hadith shows the importance of today’s title. Even a dead body should be washed starting from its right side.

Lesson: develop the habit: Keep right. :D


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