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Rules of a Muslim Home (#3) - Speaking in a Soft Tone

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:59

The Quraan Majeed declares that Allah Ta’ala has made the home of a believer a place of peace and tranquillity (Surah Nahl, v80). Thus we understand that among the etiquettes of a Muslim home is that members of the household refrain from doing anything that destroys the peace and tranquillity. This includes thoughtless and loud disturbing speech. 

It is mentioned in a Hadith that “A Muslim is he who other Muslims are safe from the harms of his tongue and his hands.” (Saheeh Bukhari #9) 

People living in the same house are more than neighbours and more than just friends. Therefore, it is imperative that they should not hurt one another in any way. Among the most annoying and hurtful behaviour is making noise at home or raising one’s voice so loudly that it distresses others. 

A woman, especially, should be extra careful when speaking. Speaking in a loud tone shows a lack of self-respect and modesty in women. If due to some necessity she has to raise her voice, and there is a fear of strange men listening to it, then she should be careful not to talk in a seductive tone. Rather her speech should be short but not sweet.

Allah Ta’ala has mentioned in the Quraan Majeed addressing the pure wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam):

“Do not be soft in speech, lest he in whose heart is a disease (of hypocrisy, or evil desire for adultery) should be moved with desire” (Ahzaab, v32)

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#2) - Neatness

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2013 09:59

Al-hamdulillah in the last issue, the importance of cleanliness in our homes was discussed. Just as it is important to keep our homes clean and tidy, it is also important to keep it orderly and well organized. The Hadith very emphatically teaches us to be neat and organized in whatever we do.

On one occasion Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) said to the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum): “You will soon be meeting some of your brothers, so straighten your saddles, and neaten your clothing until you become like a shining star in the sight of the people” (Abu Dawood #4091).

In this Hadith, Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallam) explicitly commands the Sahaabah (radiyallahu anhum) to straighten their saddles and neaten their clothes so as to look presentable in the sight of people. 

The following are some points that should be considered:

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Rules of a Muslim Home (#1) - Cleanliness

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Last Updated on Saturday, 23 February 2013 10:00

In the present era of trials and tribulations, with evil and fitnah surrounding us in every direction, there is no better sanctuary for a Muslim/Muslimah than his/her home. 

Once a Sahaabi asked Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) for the key to success? Among other advices Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) said: “Let your home be sufficient for you” (Tirmizi #2406). As far as possible one should remain in the home. Allah Ta’ala has referred to the home of a person as a place of sukoon (peace).

Since the home of a believer is his/her sanctuary and a place of peace, there ought to be certain rules and regulations governing the home. Without any rules and a system, there will be chaos in the home.

The following are some of the rules that should be adhered to by every Muslim/Muslimah in his/her home. 

First rule

Cleanliness and purification

Rasulullah (sallallahu alaihi wasallm) said: “Allah Ta’ala is pure and loves purity, He is clean and loves cleanliness, He is generous and likes generosity, He is hospitable and loves hospitality, so clean your courtyards and do not resemble the Jews” (Tirmizi #2799).

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Advice for the Home

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Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 February 2013 09:24

By Qari Ismail Ishaaq (rahimahullah)

Qari Ismail Ishaq (rahimahullah) was a well-known expert Qari of South Africa. Apart from teaching Qiraat and promoting this field in our country, he was also the deputy principal of Darul Uloom Azaadville. He passed away after a brief illness at the age of 54. Many people saw him in their dreams after his demise, all of which indicated to his high position and rank. May Allah Ta`ala elevate his stages in the Aakhirah and grant him a special abode in Jannatul Firdous. Hereunder are some advices he gave to his family:

  1. Live together with love and understanding.

  2. Learn to appreciate and understand one another.

  3. Respect your parents at all times.

  4. The young in the home must have respect for their elders.

  5. Always show kindness and fondness to those younger than you.

  6. Make khidmah of others.

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