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Rules of a Muslim Home (#14) – Leaving the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 18 February 2017 16:06

A woman should strive to remain at home and not emerge unless there is a valid need to do so (e.g. to visit her parents or relatives, or to visit the sick, or to console the bereaved, etc.).

When leaving home, one should recite the following du‘aa:

بِسْمِ اللهِ تَوَكَّلْتُ عَلَى الله لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلاَّ بِالله​

In the name of Allah Ta‘ala. I place my reliance upon Allah Ta‘ala. There is no power (to do good) nor any ability (to refrain from evil) except with Allah Ta‘ala.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said that when a person leaves his home and recites the above du‘aa, the Angels say to him, “You have been guided, your needs have been taken care of and you have been protected.” On account of reciting this du‘aa, Shaitaan then moves away from this person. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5095)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#13) – Entering the Home

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Last Updated on Saturday, 26 November 2016 14:33

When entering the home, one should first recite the sunnah du‘aa and thereafter make salaam to the household members in an audible manner. The sunnah du‘aa to be recited is:

 اَللّهُمَّ إِنِّيْ أَسْأَلُكَ خَيْرَ الْمَوْلِجْ وَخَيْرَ الْمَخْرَجْ بِسْمِ اللهِ وَلَجْنَا وَبِسْمِ اللهِ خَرَجْنَا وَعَلَى اللهِ رَبِّنَا تَوَكَّلْنَا

O Allah! I ask You for the blessings of entering the home and the blessings of exiting the home. In the name of Allah we enter and in the name of Allah we exit, and on Allah alone, our Sustainer, we rely. (Sunan Abi Dawood #5096)

Anas (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said to him, “O my beloved son! When you enter (your home) into the presence of your family then make salaam, as it will be a means of barakah for you and your family.” (Sunan Tirmizi #2698)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#12) – Respect (Part Two)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 May 2016 16:06

The following are some of the important aspects that have to be respected in a Muslim home:

Parents

While respect for elders is fast decreasing in general, shocking incidents regularly come to light indicating the level to which respect for parents has fallen. The Quraan declares: “Do not even say oof to them (parents).” (Surah Israa’ v23) The word “oof” in the Arabic language is to denote the slightest degree of displeasure. How then can it ever be permissible to talk harshly to one’s parents or to argue with them? Yet, parents are physically abused by their children. May Allah Ta‘ala save us. Such treatment towards parents will only invite calamities upon oneself.

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#12) – Respect (Part One)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 07 May 2016 10:19

The Quraan Majeed and ahaadeeth strongly emphasise the lesson of respect. Every household should endeavour that the inmates of the house display a high level of respect in everything that they say or do. If you show respect, you will earn respect.

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) also stressed the lesson of respect upon the Sahaabah (radhiyallahu ‘anhum) at every occasion. A hadeeth clearly proclaims: “He who does not respect the elders amongst us and is not merciful upon the young, is not one of us.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4943) Another hadeeth states: “Verily it is from the dictates of the respect for Allah Ta‘ala to respect a Muslim of advanced age, to respect a haafiz of the Quraan who does neither exceed its bounds nor does he disregard it and to respect a just ruler.” (Sunan Abi Dawood #4843)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#11) - Hayaa (Modesty)

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Last Updated on Saturday, 12 March 2016 10:29

Amongst the extremely important rules and etiquettes of a Muslim home is hayaa (modesty/shame).

Hayaa entails the shunning of indecent behaviour and adopting of bashfulness and shame. Allah Ta‘ala blesses a believer with this wonderful quality which prevents him from committing sins. Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) has said, “Every religion has a distinct quality and the distinct quality of Islam is modesty.” (Sunan Ibni Maajah #4182) This means that a Muslim will be clearly identified and recognised from the hayaa that he possesses.

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