18 October 2017 CE | 27 Muharram 1439 AH

Hadith Explanation

Homemaking Equal to Jihad in Reward

Asma (radi Allahu anha) reported that she approached the Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) on behalf of women and mentioned that men excelled women due to their participation in Friday and congregational prayers, visiting the sick, attending funeral prayers, performing the Hajj and Umra, and due to their participation in Jihad. The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) replied: "Go and inform the women that their beautification for their husbands, discharging their rights, seeking their pleasure and obeying them is equal in reward (to the above mentioned acts) of men." [Kanz-ul-Amaal]

Jihad is the most difficult and most rewarded form of worship in Islam. Women merit its rewards and the rewards of many other good deeds while staying within the comfort of their homes. So merciful is Allah (subhana wa ta'ala) that He has put the reward for women in those things that they do anyway. When women seek to please their husbands not only do they make their own family lives better but also earn Allah’s pleasure and reward for their hereafter!

Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) gave us some more guidelines regarding behaviour that is worthy of merit for wives. He said that the best woman is the one that pleases her husband: When he looks at her, she pleases him; when he commands her, she obeys him; when he absents himself (goes away on a journey, etc.) she protects his wealth and his honour. [Baihaqi]

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