He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, used to help his wives in their housework:
Al-Aswad ibn Yazeed narrated that ‘Aa’ishah was asked, “What did theMessenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, do inside his house?” She answered, “He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, kept himself busy helping his wife (in her housework), and when it was the time for the prayer, he, sallallaahu ‘alayhiwa sallam, would get up for prayer.”Another narration reads, “He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was but a human being, he would mend his garment, milk the sheep and serve himself.”
One more narration reads, “He, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, would cleanhis clothes and repair his shoes and do what men regularly do at home.”
In our times, some men overburden their wives with housework she cannot bear. He would see that she is exhausted or sick and would react indifferently towards her and would not extend a helping hand to her. Indeed, this is not the kind treatment with which Allah commanded us to deal with our wives, nor is it following in the footsteps of the Messenger of Allah, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam.