The Meaning of A “Life Partner”

Most people have or want to have a soul mate, a second half, or a life partner and understanding the true meaning of that is also vital for a successful marriage.
The foremost quality which Muslim men desire in a wife, after beauty and physical attractiveness, is that she be obedient and servile, and that she
do their chores without being told such as ironing their clothes, cooking their meals, or doing the laundry.
However, it is a fact that there is a difference of opinion among Islamic scholars regarding
whether it is obligatory or preferred ( mustahab) for a wife to serve her husband. Majority declare
it to be praiseworthy but not obligatory, even though most Muslim women happily do their household work themselves (culturally), without being asked.
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad [ ﺻﻠﯽ ﺍﻟﻠﮧ ﻋﻠﯿﮧ ﻭﺳﻠﻢ ] never overburden any of his wives with house chores. Therefore, a good Muslim husband truly appreciates the work his wife does around the house. If she forgets something, he overlooks it and remains silent. He also consults her in important matters before making the final decision e.g. naming their children, changing his job, making an investment,
going on a trip, having his family members move in, or in even small matters such as what she’d like to order for herself when they eat out at a restaurant. He never overlooks her say in these matters.
To be continued in sha Allaah…
May Allaah forgive us all of our misdeeds (Aameen)
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