Is it wrong for a wife to ask her husband to help her to do housework?

Is it wrong for a wife to ask her husband to help her to do housework?Written By: Mohd Nidzam Abdul Kadir Translated By Yasmin Norhazleena Bahari Md Noor

Narrated Al-Aswad bin Yazid:

I asked ‘Aisha “What did the Prophet use to do at home?” She said,

كَانَ فِى خِدْمَةِ أَهْلِهِ ، فَإِذَا سَمِعَ الأَذَانَ خَرَجَ

“He used to work for his family, and when he heard the Adhan (call for the prayer), he would go out.” [1]

Based on the above hadith, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) himself rendered his services to his family by doing housework/household chores. A husband should emulate the Holy Prophet (pbuh) by doing household chores.

By right, he is duty bound to hire a servant to do the household chores as Islam does not require a wife to do domestic chores.


[1] From http://www.usc.edu/dept/MSA/fundamentals/hadithsunnah/bukhari/062.sbt.html

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