A Muslim’s home: What characteristic should it reflect?

Islam for Beginners 04 Mar 2021 Tamalika Basu
Opinion
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Housing is a basic human right. Everyone, Muslim or non-Muslim, needs a place to live. People will build houses according to their ability – that is normal. Islam has not imposed any restrictions in this regard. But Islam has taught all Muslims to establish a religious environment inside their homes. There are details about this in the Quran and Hadith. The following are some of the notable characteristics of what a Muslim’s home should look like in the light of the Quran and Hadith:

Practicing religion at home

There will be the practice of religion in the ideal Muslim family. There will be religious knowledge and discipline, observance of Allah’s rules and regulations, recitation of the Qur’an, remembrance, enjoining good deeds, and forbidding evil deeds. The remembrance of Allah will be awakened in their lives. Allah says: “And We inspired to Moses and his brother, “Settle your people in Egypt in houses and make your houses [facing the] qiblah and establish prayer and give good tidings to the believers.” (10: 87)

To encourage the practice of religion at home, the head of the family and the parents will present themselves as an example. That is, he will encourage others by following any command of the religion himself. Ayesha (R) said, “When the Prophet (SAW) returned home, he had a Miswak in his hand (to teach us).” (Muslim)

Ensuring religious education of household members

The ideal Muslim family will provide Islamic education to all members. If for some reason it is not possible to teach in a religious educational institution, it is necessary to ensure that everyone gets at least the necessary amount of knowledge of daily life at home. Because every Muslim must acquire the necessary religious knowledge. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Every Muslim must acquire (Islamic) knowledge.” (Ibn Majah)

A rich library should be established at home with the necessary Islamic scriptures. In addition to the basic beliefs and rules of Islam, there will be books on the interpretation of the Qur’an and Hadith, books on Islamic literature, history, and tradition. Make the children of the house accustomed to Islamic literature. There

is a proverb, “Knowledge is the lost wealth of the believer. When he finds it, he saves it and searches for other lost objects. ”

So we have to create an atmosphere of religious knowledge at home.

Greetings on entering the house

Greetings when entering the house is an important Sunnah. It also brings blessings to the family. Allah says: “…When you enter houses, give greetings of peace upon each other – a greeting from Allah, blessed and good…” (24:61)

Saying ‘Bismillah’ when entering and leaving the house

The Prophet (SAW) said, “When a person remembers the name of Allah when he enters his house and eats, (Satan) says to his companions, ‘There is no provision for you to spend the night in this house.’ But if a person does not remember Allah when he enters his house, Satan says to his companions, “You have found a place to spend the night.” And if he does not remember Allah during the meal, Satan says to his companions, “Your dinner and bed have been arranged here.” (Muslim, Abu Dawood)

Performing Sunnah or Nafl prayers at home

The Prophet (SAW) said, “It is important for you to pray at home. Because the prayers that people perform at home without the obligatory prayers are better. ” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Do not hang pictures or statues in the house

Pictures or idols are forbidden in Islam. Therefore, it is one of the duties of a believer to keep his house free from all these. The Prophet (SAW) said, “The angels (of mercy and blessing) do not enter the house where there are dogs and pictures.” (Bukhari, Muslim)

Do not keep musical instruments in the house

Music and musical instruments are some of the most harmful things in the Islamic way of life. Therefore, it is the essential duty of a believer to keep his house free from musical instruments and music. Narrated Abdullah Ibn Masood (R): “Music and musical instruments create hypocrisy in the heart.”

Taking permission to enter someone else’s house

It is very important to get permission before entering someone else’s home or room, even before entering the mother’s home. The Prophet (SAW) instructed us to get permission. Asking for permission to enter three times is proved by Hadith. Then if you do not get permission, then go back. Allah says: “And if you do not find anyone therein, do not enter them until permission has been given you. And if it is said to you, “Go back,” then go back; it is purer for you. And Allah is Knowing of what you do.” (24:26)