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Features of the Mode of life of the Holy Prophet, Hadith & Seerah, The Ways of the Prophet (SAWS) / Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) had made it
a point not to enter his house all of a sudden and disturb the peace of mind of
his family members. He would rather come in such a way that they knew about it
in advance. First of all he would salute and inquire about something or the
other. Quite often he would ask whether there was something to eat. Equally
often he remained silent till whatever was available was placed before him. It
has also been reported that on entering his house he would recite the following
supplication:


Praise be to ALLAH, who has sufficed me in all my needs and
has provided me with shelter. Praise be to ALLAH, Who has given me food and
drink. Praise be to ALLAH who has bestowed favors on me. O ALLAH! I supplicate
Thee to save me from the fire (of Punishment).

(1) Besides, it has been recorded that he told Hadrat Anas
(Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu); When you go to your family, salute them. This will
bring blessings for you and your family. [Zadul Ma’ad, Shamail-e-Tirmizi]

(2) Hadrat Al-Aswad (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu) narrated: I
asked Hadrat Aishah (Radi Allaahu Ta’ala Anhu), “What did the Holy Prophet
(Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam) do while he was among his family members?” She
replied, “He used to assist the family members in housekeeping. He did not take
the attitude of a conspicuous and dignified figure but took part in domestic
jobs. For instance, he would milk the goat and cobble his shoes.” [Nashrut-Tib]

This does not, of course, preclude his participation in
other matters and occupations. [Musnad Ahmad]

(3) The behavior of the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa
Sallam) with his family members and servants was excellent. He never
reprehended and dealt with anyone harshly. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi
Wa Sallam) was extremely careful that no inconvenience was caused to his family
members.

(4) While he was with wives, he would treat them with great
tenderness and regard. He conversed with them cheerfully. [lbn Asakir]

(5) While the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wa Sallam)
was indoors, he occupied himself in housekeeping, never sitting idle without
work. He carried out petty house jobs himself, e.g., cleaning the house,
feeding the cattle, tending the camel and goat. He would even milk the goat
himself. He would work together with his servant and helped him in kneading the
flour. He himself used to go to the market to make purchases which he brought
tied in a piece of cloth. He cobbled his shoes himself and himself put patches
on his clothes. [Zad-ul-Ma’ad, Madarij-un-Nabuwah]

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