As Muslims frequently remind us, Islam is more than a religion; it is a complete way of life. All significant actions or activities — and many that have no significance at all — are regulated in minute detail by the sharia, or Islamic law. And that includes which hand is used for what.
The following video was originally in English, part of a larger documentary. This brief exchange with a British Muslim convert has been translated into German, and now back into English again.
|0:00||Everything good we do with the right hand. When we go to the toilet we use|
|0:04||the left hand. The right hand is something like the clean hand.|
|0:08||So, for certain things we never use the left hand, only the right hand.|
|0:12||Is that why Muslims sometimes greet me with their left hand?|
|0:16||Yes, I would do the same if I had to shake hands|
|0:20||with a kafir. So one gives the dirty hand to the kuffar?|
|0:24||Shake hands with the dirty hand, is that true?|
|0:28||The left hand, yes, if you want. The clean hand is for|
|0:32||the clean people, that’s the Muslims. And for people|
|0:36||like me you take the dirty hand? For the non-Muslims, yes.|
|0:40||All the best to you, Brother,|
|0:44||visit us soon again, insh’allah, let’s speak on the phone.|
|0:48||(Name?) told me that he only touches me with the hand|
|0:53||he wipes his a*** with. First I found that funny,|
|0:57||but it’s not a joke; he is deadly serious.|
|1:01||The more I think about this, the more it hurts me.