Using the right or the left hand when using the Siwāk


May Allah bless you, O Shaykh.
Is it permissible to use the Siwāk with the left hand?
And what is better to do it with?


📝If the Siwāk was used to clean then with the left hand, and if it was for worship then with the right.

As it’s benefitted from the legislative texts generally.

And Shaykh Ibn ‘Utheymīn relayed this elaboration from some of the Mālikiyyah, then chose that was more correct to be the declaring of the subject to have ample space, due to lack of evidence in this.

As for Shaykh-Ul-Islām, he rejected this elaboration and proceeded upon the position of the Siwāk being performed with the left hand, and said:

“It’s better to use the Siwāk with the left hand, there is a narration from this from Imām Ahmed in the narration of Ibn Mansour Al-Kawsaj, and he mentioned in his “Masāil” and we don’t know anyone from the Imaams that opposed this; this is due to that the usage of the Siwāk is from the angle of removal of the harm, like removing nasal discharge and secretion, and other than this of what is considered removal of harm, this is by using the left hand.

Similar to this is the removal of the impurities as purification by way of stones and its likes, is done with the left hand.

And the removal of the harm, its Wajib & its Mustahab is with the left hand.”

[End of speech]

Answered by:
Shaykh Abu Hatim Yusuf Al-‘Inaabi Al-Jazaa’iree – may Allah preserve him.


Answered on:
22th, Rabee’ Al-Aakhir, 1438H

Translated by:
Abu ‘Abdirrahman ‘Abdullaah bin Ahmed Ash-Shingaani