BITS ‘N’ PIECES
Narrated Asma’ bint Abi Bakr (R.A):
The Prophet (S.A.W) once offered the eclipse prayer. He stood for a long time and then did a prolonged bowing. He stood up straight again and kept on standing for a long time, then bowed a long bowing and then stood up straight and then prostrated a prolonged prostration and then lifted his head and prostrated a prolonged prostration. And then he stood up for a long time and then did a prolonged bowing and then stood up straight again and kept on standing for a long time. Then he bowed a long bowing and then stood up straight and then prostrated a prolonged prostration and then lifted his head and went for a prolonged prostration. On completion of the prayer, he said, “Paradise became near to me that if I had dared, I would have plucked one of its bunches for you and Hell became so near to me that I said, ‘O my Lord will I be among those people?’ Then suddenly I saw a woman and a cat was lacerating her with it claws. On inquiring, it was said that the woman had imprisoned the cat till it died of starvation and she neither fed it no freed it so that it could feed itself.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 12, Number 712
Ambidexterity – the ability to use both the right and left hand equally well – is quite rare. Only about one percent of people in the world are naturally ambidextrous and have no marked preference for the use of either hand.
Ambidexterity indicates that both sides of that person’s brain are symmetrical. The rarest form of ambidexterity is when someone can consistently use both hands with strong skill. There are other people though who don’t have equal skill with both hands but use their right hands for some activities and their left for others. And then there are people who are ambisinistrous – those who have no dominant hand and use both hands but neither is very strong, or, in other words, are clumsy with both hands!
Famous personalities who possessed ambidextrous skills include Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Nikola Tesla, and Leonardo da Vinci.