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There are many motives for the believer to pay attention to putting his house in order.

Firstly: protecting himself and his family from the Fire of Hell, and keeping them safe from the burning punishment:

“O you who believe! Ward off from yourselves and your families a Fire (Hell) whose fuel is men and stones, over which are (appointed) angels stern (and) severe, who disobey not, (from executing) the Commands they receive from Allah, but do that which they are commanded.” ((al-Tahreem 66:6))

Secondly: the great responsibility borne by the head of the household on the Day of Reckoning The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Allah will ask every shepherd (or responsible person) about his flock (those for whom he was responsible), whether he took care of it or neglected it, until He asks a man about his household.”

Thirdly: the home is a place to protect oneself, to keep away from evil and to keep one’s own evil away from people. It is the refuge prescribed by Islam at times of fitnah (strife, tribulation).

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:

“Blessed is the one who controls his tongue, whose house is sufficient for him, and who weeps over his mistakes.”

There are five things, whoever does one of them, Allah will be with him

There are five things, whoever does one of them, Allah will be with him

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “There are five things, whoever does one of them, Allah will be with him: visiting the sick, going out for jihad, entering upon his leader with the intention of rebuking and respecting him, or sitting in his home so that the people are safe from him and he is safe from the people.”

The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said: “The safety of a man at times of fitnah is in his staying home.” The Muslim can see the benefit of this advice when he is residing in a foreign land where he is unable to change much of the evil around him.

Then he will have a refuge which, when he enters it, will protect him from doing haram things or looking at haram things, and will protect his wife from wanton display and unveiling, and will protect his children from bad company.

Fourthly: people usually spend most of their time at home, especially when it is very hot or very cold, when it is raining, early or late in the day, and after finishing work or school, so this time should be spent in worship and halal pursuits, otherwise it will be spent in wrongdoing.

Fifthly and most importantly

Fifthly and most importantly, paying attention to the home is the most important means of building a Muslim society, because the society is formed of the households and families that form its building blocks. Households form neighborhoods, and neighborhoods form societies.

If the building blocks are sound, the society will be based on the laws of Allah, standing firm in the face of enemies and filled with goodness that evil cannot penetrate. Then Muslim homes will produce pillars of society who will reform and guide it aright, such as exemplary dai’yahs, seekers of knowledge, sincere mujahideen, righteous wives, caring mothers and all other types of reformers.

Because this subject is so important, and our homes are full of so many shortcomings and evils and examples of negligence, this begs the very important question: What are the means of reforming our homes? The following contains advice on this topic. May Allah benefit us from it, and cause the Muslims to focus their efforts on reviving the Muslim home.

All the following advice revolves around two things: achieving our interests, which is by establishing that which is right and good, and warding off evil, by removing that which can cause it or bring it into our homes

Forming the Household

Making a good choice when choosing a wife:

“And marry those among you who are single (i.e., a man who has no wife and a woman who has no husband) and (also marry) the saalihoon (pious, fit and capable ones) of your (male) slaves and maid-servants (female slaves). If they be poor, Allah will enrich them out of His Bounty. And Allah is All-Sufficient for His creatures’ needs, All-Knowing (about the state of the people).” ((al-Noor 24:32))

The head of the household must select a righteous and suitable wife based on the following conditions described in various Ahaadeeth: “A woman may be married for four things: her wealth, her lineage, her beauty or her religion. Choose the one who is religious, may your hands be rubbed with dust [i.e., may you prosper]!” ((Agreed upon)).

The Muslim Home: 40 Recommendations

“This world is all temporary conveniences, and the greatest joy in this life is a righteous wife.” ((Reported by Muslim, 1468)). “Let every one of you have a thankful heart, a remembering tongue [remembering Allah] and a believing wife who will help him with regard to the Hereafter.” ((Reported by Ahmad, 5/282, and al-Tirmidhi and Ibn Maajah from Thawbaan. Sahih al-Jaami’, 5231)).

According to another report: “A righteous wife to help you with your worldly and religious affairs is the best treasure anyone could have.” ((Reported by al-Bayhaqi. Sahih al-Jaami’, 4285)). “Marry one who is loving and fertile, for I will be proud before the other Prophets of your great numbers on the Day of Resurrection.” ((Reported by Ahmad. Sahih al-Irwa’, 6/195)).

“I advise you to marry virgins, for their wombs are more fresh, their mouths are more sweet and they are more content with little.” According to another report: “… and they are less likely to deceive.” ((Reported by Ibn Maajah. Al-Silsilah al-Sahih, 623)).

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