Many men think housework is beneath them and some of them think that it will undermine their status and position if they help their wives with this work.
The Messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) however, used to
“sew his own clothes, mend his own shoes and do whatever other work men do in their homes.”
This was said by his wife ‘Aishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) when she was asked about what the Messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do in his house, her response was what she herself had seen.
According to another report, she said:
“He (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was like any other human being: he would clean his clothes, milk his ewe and serve himself.”
She (may Allaah be pleased with her) was also asked about what the messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) used to do in his house and she said,
“He used to serve his family and when the time for prayer came, he would go out and pray.”
If we were to do likewise nowadays, we would achieve three things:
i- We would be following the example of the prophet
ii- We would be helping our wives
iii- We would feel more humble, not arrogant.
Some men demand food instantly from their wives, when the pot is on the stove and the baby is screaming to be fed and they do not pick up the baby or wait a little while for the food.
Let these ahadith be a reminder and a lesson.
Culled from the book, “An advice on establishing an Islamic home” by Shaikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajjid
…May Allah give us a better understanding & guide us to accept the truth