ADVICE ON ESTABLISHING AN ISLAMIC HOME – Book Sample
Introduction – ADVICE ON ESTABLISHING AN ISLAMIC HOME
All praise be to Allah, we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil of our own selves and from our evil deeds. Whomsoever Allah guides, no one can lead astray, and whomsoever Allah leaves astray, no one can guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allah Alone, with no partner or associate, and I bear witness that Mul;i.ammad is His slave and Messenger.
The home is a blessing
And Allah has made for you in your homes an abode …  al-Nahl (16) : 80
Ibn Kathir said: ‘Here Allah, may He be blessed and exalted, is mentioning His complete blessing to His slaves: He has given them homes which are a peaceful abode for them, to which they retreat as a haven which covers them and gives them all kinds of benefits.’
What does the home represent to each one of us? Is it not the place where he eats, enjoys intimacy with his wife, sleeps and rests? Is it not the place where he can be alone and can meet with his wife and children?
Is the home not the place that offers cover and protection to women? Allah tells us:
And stay in your houses, and do not display yourselves like that of the times of ignorance … al-Abzab (33) : 33
If you think about those who are homeless, who live in shelters, or on the streets, or as refugees scattered in temporary camps, then you will realize the blessing of having a home. If you listen to a distressed homeless person saying, ‘I have nowhere to settle, no fixed place to stay. Sometimes I sleep in so and so’s house, sometimes in a cafe or park or on the sea-front, and I keep my clothes in my car’, then you will realize the disruption that results from not having the blessing of a home.
When Allah punished the Jews of Banu Nadir, He took away this blessing and expelled them from their homes, as He said:…
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