I don’t know what came first; the hand care or the soap allergy. I have been using gloves doing dishes from the last six years.
One pair of gloves easily lasts long for around two to three months without needing any replacement; and, sometimes sooner. Recently it happened many times that while cleaning a sharp edge or by handling steel-wool the pair of gloves got damaged in one hand; while the other one remained in perfect condition. So, instead of throwing them both in the bin, I started keeping the one not damaged thinking that could be used later.
Every time one got damaged, I took out the fresh pair and kept the other hand from the last pair used for the later use in the drawer near the sink.
A few weeks ago, when I opened the drawer, I just realised that there were so many gloves. However, not a single full-pair. All of them were for the left hand.
I realised it was only the right-hand glove getting damaged every time.
Actually, the left hand is serving the purpose of merely holding the dishes. It is the right hand that is collecting the titbits from the plates, scraping from bowls, scratching the burnt-on food from the inside of pots, rubbing the bottoms of utensils, unclogging the sink, handling abrasive scrubber.
Not a surprise why only the right-hand glove gets most of the wear and tear all the time.
Whenever it is the mention of the left hand and right hand, I simply can’t stop thinking of the analogy of successful people in the hereafter with the ‘companions of right hand’ and that of doomed ones with the ‘companions of the left hand’. It is mentioned repeatedly in the Mufassal surahs of the Holy Qur’an.
Currently, I was reading surah al-Waqiah in Qur’an. And, I had to replace my washing gloves when I went into the kitchen. (Again, the only right hand!). And, it brought such a smile on my face when I could relate it with surah al-Waqiah.
وَأَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلشِّمَالِ مَآ أَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلشِّمَالِ
And those on the left How will be those on the left [al-Qur’an; al-Waqiah: 41]
(Meaning, `What is the condition of those on the left, then Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta’aala mentions their state in subsequent verses. And, then one of the verses about them mentions…)
إِنَّہُمۡ كَانُواْ قَبۡلَ ذَٲلِكَ مُتۡرَفِينَ
Verily, before that, they indulged in luxury [al-Qur’an; al-Waqiah: 45]
(Meaning, in the life of the world, they were just enjoying life’s pleasures and satisfying their lusts heedless.)
The most massive characters are seared with scars. How True!
You can choose the easy path with no turmoil and thus no scars. However, your fate will be doomed at the end. Or, you strive in the path of goodness. Definitely not an easy path. It is like holding on to a live coal.* Scars are inevitable too. However, the end is salvation that erases all scars and heals every injury forever. The choice is yours.
And, beautiful are the analogies of Qur’an.
Relatable & Crystal Clear!
Our Lord gave us two hands and through His complete wisdom He taught us to use the right hand for all that is noble and the left one for things ignoble (Do you wonder why? Click here to know more).
Perhaps a sign of hope that Allaah will make us among those who are on the right hand (ahl al-yameen).
وَأَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلۡيَمِينِ مَآ أَصۡحَـٰبُ ٱلۡيَمِينِ
And those on the right — how (fortunate) will be those on the right [al-Qur’an; al-Waqiah: 27]
May Allaah make us from those. Aameen.
(waving with the right hand 🙋♀️)
The Might of Pen
*In Sunan al-Tirmidhi (3058) it is narrated from Abu Tha’labah al-Khushani (may Allaah be pleased with him) that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “After you there will come days during which being patient will be like holding on to a live coal. The one who strives during those days will have a reward like that of fifty men who strive as you do.” According to another report: It was said: “O Messenger of Allaah, the reward of fifty men like them or like us?” He said: “No, the reward of fifty men like you.” Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Targheeb wa’l-Tarheeb, 3172
These ahaadeeth and others indicate that at the end of time, there will be many evil and corrupt people, and few who are good and righteous and fear Allaah. That is because there will be so much fitnah (temptation and tribulation) and because sin and temptation will be so widespread that adhering to Islam will become something strange and may even become something strange among the Muslims themselves.