عن سلمة بن الأكوع -رضي الله عنه-: أن رجلا أكَلَ عند رسول الله -صلى الله عليه وسلم- بشماله، فقال: «كُلْ بيمينك» قال: لا أستطيع. قال: «لا استطَعْتَ» ما مَنَعَهُ إلا الكِبْر فما رَفَعَهَا إلى فِيهِ.
[صحيح.] - [رواه مسلم.]
المزيــد ...

Salamah ibn al-Akwa‘ (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that a man ate with his left hand in the presence of the Messenger of Allah (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him), whereupon he said: "Eat with your right hand." The man said: "I cannot do that." Thereupon, he said: "May you not be able to do that." It was only arrogance that prevented the man from doing it, and consequently he could not raise it (his right hand) up to his mouth afterwards.

Explanation

A man ate with his left hand in the presence of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) out of arrogance and vanity, so the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) said to him: "Eat with your right hand." The man stubbornly said that he could not do that, and he was not truthful in his statement. Therefore, the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) supplicated against him, saying: "May you not be able to do that." The man was never able to raise his right hand up to his mouth after that. The man's hand got paralyzed after supplication of the Prophet (may Allah's peace and blessings be upon him) against him because of his arrogance and rejection of the Prophet's command.

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