Al-Aswad asked `Aa’ishah, may Allaah be pleased with her,:“What did the Prophet, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam,
used to do in his home?” She, may Allaah be pleased with her, said: “He would serve his family, and when prayer
time came, he would go out to pray.” In another narration: “He used to sew his clothes and mend his shoes; he
would do what men do in their homes.” In another narration: “He was a mere man, he would clean his clothes, milk
his sheep, and serve himself.” These narrations show that the Muslim man that wishes to follow in the footsteps of
his Messenger, sallallaahu `alayhi wa sallam, must help the women in the house. It is not as we see some people
do, who claim that working in the house with the family is something shameful.
Helping one’s family has many benefits, such as:
· Relieving the woman in helping her with some household chores.
· Making the wife feel that the husband is a good husband in that he cares for and about her.
· The man gains humility and turns away from pride and glorifying his own self.
· Keeping away from leisure and luxury, so that the person does not being among those who have condemned
luxury when Allaah the Exalted Said (what means): "And leave Me with [the matter of] the deniers, those of ease [in
life], and allow them respite a little." [QUR’AAN 73:11] Those of ease in life are those have leisure and luxury. So,
helping the family trains the soul in a good manner.
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