Right is right

Dear Islamic brothers! In our religion, Islam, great importance of right hand and right side has been mentioned. Let’s read some interesting information about it.

“Right side” in the Holy Quran

1 On the Judgement Day, when Books of Deeds will be distributed at the time of appearing in the court of Allah Almighty, the one who will be given his Book of Deeds in the right hand will understand that he is amongst those who will attain salvation. (Part 29, Surah Al-Haqqah, Ayah 19; Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 10, pp. 324)

2 When Sayyiduna Musa عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام was coming from Madyan, he heard a voice from a tree that was located towards Mount Sinai. This Mount Sinai was also on his right side. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ نَادَیْنٰهُ مِنْ جَانِبِ الطُّوْرِ الْاَیْمَنِ وَ قَرَّبْنٰهُ نَجِیًّا(۵۲)

We called him from the right side of the Toor.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 16, Surah Maryam, Ayah 52)

3 In the Holy Quran, where there is a mention of staff in his hand, there is also a mention of the staff in his right hand. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ مَا تِلْكَ بِیَمِیْنِكَ یٰمُوْسٰى(۱۷)

And what is this which you have in your right hand, O Musa?

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 16, Surah Taha, Ayah 17)

At another place, Allah Almighty has stated:

وَ اَلْقِ مَا فِیْ یَمِیْنِكَ تَلْقَفْ مَا صَنَعُوْاؕ-

And cast down which is in your right hand, it will swallow their fabrications.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 16, Surah Taha, Ayah 69)

4 Sayyiduna Ibraheem عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام broke idols with his right hand. Allah Almighty has stated:

فَرَاغَ عَلَیْهِمْ ضَرْبًۢا بِالْیَمِیْنِ(۹۳)

So he began striking them with his right hand, unnoticed by the people.

[Kanz-ul-Iman (translation of Quran)] (Part 23, Surah As-Saffaat, Ayah 93)

5 Once a year on 10th of Muharram, the positions of the sides of Ashab-e-Kahf are alternated – first to the right side and then to the left side. Allah Almighty has stated:

وَّ نُقَلِّبُهُمْ ذَاتَ الْیَمِیْنِ وَ ذَاتَ الشِّمَالِ ﳓ

And We alternate their position to the right side and the left side.

(Khazain-ul-‘Irfan, part 15, Al-Kahf, Taht-al-Ayah: 18; Khaazin, Al-Kahf, Taht-al-Ayah: 18, vol. 3, pp. 204, 205)

“Right side” in blessed Ahadees

The following are four blessed sayings of the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم about the importance of “right hand” and “right side”:

1 Every one of you should eat with the right hand and drink with the right hand and take with the right hand and give with the right hand, because Satan eats with the left hand and drinks with the left hand, gives with the left hand and takes with the left hand. (Ibn Majah, vol. 4, pp. 12, Hadees 3266)

2 Muhaddis-e-A’zam Pakistan, Sayyiduna Maulana Muhammad Sardar Ahmad Qaadiri Chishti رَحْمَةُ اللّٰەِ عَلَيْه has said: Use the right hand in giving and taking; this habit should become so firm that on the Judgement Day, when the Book of Deeds is given to us, we, as per this habit, use our right hand and achieve success. (Hayat-e-Muhaddis-e-A’zam, pp. 374)

3 Surely Allah Almighty and His angels send Durood on the right sides of the rows. (Abu Dawood, vol. 1, pp. 268, Hadees 676)

4 There is general mercy on the first row, and there is special mercy on those who are on the right side of the row, and then there is more special mercy on those who are on the right side of the first row because the right side of the first row is better than the rest of the places. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 1, pp. 471) But it should also be remembered: In Masjid-un-Nabawi, the left side of a row is better than the right side because it is close to the blessed Raudah. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 1, pp. 464)

Not only are there the blessed sayings of our Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم on the importance of the right hand and right side, but the blessed practices of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم also clarify this importance.

“Right side” used by the Holy Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم

1 The Beloved Prophet صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would prefer to wear shoes, comb hair and do Taharah (Wudu and Ghusl), and even start every work from the right side. (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 1, pp. 81, Hadees 168)

2 Whenever he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would take anything, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would take [it] with the right hand and whenever he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would give anyone anything, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would give [it] with the right hand. (Sunan Nasa`ee, pp. 810, Hadees 5069)

3 Once he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم came amongst people, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had books in his both blessed hands. In one hand, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had the book containing the names of Paradise-dwellers, their fathers, paternal grandfathers and their tribes, whereas in the other hand, he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم had the book containing the names of Hell-dwellers, their fathers, paternal grandfathers and their tribes. The book that contained the names of Paradise-dwellers was in the right blessed hand of the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم. (Tirmizi, vol. 4, pp. 55, Hadees 2148)

4 The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم has stated: (On the Judgement Day) first of all, Ibraheem (عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام) will be made to wear a [special] robe. He will sit under the ‘Arsh. Then my [special] robe will be brought. I will wear it and then stand at such a place of the right side of the ‘Arsh where no one will enter except me. (Fatawa Razawiyyah, vol. 30, pp. 215; Musnad Ahmad, vol. 1, pp. 398)

The choice of blessed companions

When blessed companions رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُم would stand to offer Salah behind the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, they would prefer to stand on his right side. Sayyiduna Bara Bin ‘Aazib رَضِىَ اللّٰەُ عَنْهُ has narrated: When we would offer Salah behind the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, we would like it more to stand on his right side so that he صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم turns his luminous face towards us after performing Salam. (Sahih Muslim, pp. 280, Hadees 709)

Miscellaneous pieces of information

1 In Paradise, when Sayyiduna Aadam عَلَيْهِ السَّلَام had the desire to meet the Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم, upon his request, Allah Almighty shone Noor-e-Muhammadi on his forefinger of the right hand. (Ruh-ul-Bayan, Al-Ahzaab, Taht-al-Ayah: 56, vol. 7, pp. 229)

2 Preserved Tablet [لَوحِ مَحفُوظ] is on the right side of the ‘Arsh. (Tafseer Qurtubi, vol. 10, pp. 210)

3 Paradise will be on the right of the Plain of Judgement. (Tafseer ‘Azeezi, vol. 3, pp. 413)

4 According to a saying, believers of all Ummah who will take the Books of Deeds in their right hands will drink from the Pond of Kawsar. (Az-Zawajir ‘Aniqtiraf-il-Kabaair, vol. 2, pp. 483)

5 The Beloved Rasool صَلَّى اللّٰەُ عَلَيْهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم would hang Shimlah [of his blessed ‘Imamah] on his back. Sometimes, it also used to be on the right side of his blessed chest; both ways are Sunnah. (Mirat-ul-Manajih, vol. 6, pp. 121)

6 On the Judgement Day, it will be a sign of good fortune for the people whose Books of Deeds will be given in their right hands, and they will enter Paradise. (Siraat-ul-Jinaan, vol. 10, pp. 324, 691)

7 It is Mustahab to start every such deed that has respect and eminence from the right side such as, to enter a Masjid, to wear a dress, to do Miswak, to apply kohl, to clip nails, to cut moustache, to perform Wudu and Ghusl, etc. It is Mustahab to start those acts from the left side which do not have this element (i.e. eminence) such as, to come out of a Masjid, to enter a toilet, to wipe nose, and to take off trousers and clothes. (‘Umda-tul-Qari, vol. 2, pp. 476)

May Allah Almighty grant us the privilege to start every great work with the right hand and from the right side.

اٰمِيۡن   بِجَاهِ   النَّبِيِّ  الۡاَمِيۡن صَلَّى  اللّٰهُ  عَلَيۡهِ وَاٰلِهٖ وَسَلَّم 

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