First and foremost, we’d like to make it clear that the religion of Islam does not seek to cause any hardship to its adherents or to burden them beyond their capabilities. Ease and facilitation are of the main characteristics of Islam. Almighty Allah says: (Allah would not place a burden on you, but He would purify you and would perfect His grace upon you, that ye may give thanks.) (Al-Ma’idah 5:6) (Allah tasketh not a soul beyond its scope.) (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way.”

This concept of facilitation and ease in Islam are clearly manifest in its simple and flexible legislations. Islam takes into consideration people who have certain excuses; thus it facilitates its rulings in a way that such people will not face any hardship when abiding by Shari`ah precepts. The question in point serves as an example of such.

Sheikh Ahmad Kutty, a senior lecturer and Islamic scholar at the Islamic Institute of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, states: It is true that in Islam it is highly recommended for us to use our right hand while doing things such as eating, drinking, dressing, and writing, and to use the left hand for acts such as cleaning ourselves after defecation. If, however, you are left-handed and you find it hard to write with your right hand, then you can consider yourself excused. For Islam teaches us that we are not accountable for such actions that are beyond our ability or means. Allah says in the Qur’an:

(Allah does not burden any soul with more than it can bear.) (Al-Baqarah 2:286)

(He has not placed any hardship for you in your religion.) (Al-Hajj 22:78)

(Allah wants ease for you, not hardship.) (Al-Baqarah 2:185)

Scholars have inferred from the above verses that the rigor of the law is relaxed in case of extreme hardship.

In light of the above, you are considered excused if you write with your left hand. So you need not grieve over this matter. May Allah strengthen you in your desire to remain steadfast on the path of Islam and may He bestow on us all His grace and mercy in both worlds. Ameen.