The Muslim Home (Part-11)

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Al-Bukhaari, may Allaah have mercy on him, quoted in his Saheeh, in the chapter headed 'A man’s teaching his female slaves and wife,' the Hadeeth of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam: “There are three who will have two rewards: … a man who has a female slave whom he teaches good manners and teaches her well, and teaches her knowledge, and teaches her well, then he frees her and marries her: he will have two rewards.”
Ibn Hajar, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, commenting on this Hadeeth: “The chapter heading refers specifically to female slaves, and to wives by analogy, i.e., teaching one’s free wife about her duties towards Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger is more clearly essential than teaching one's female slaves.”

In the midst of all a man’s activities, work and other commitments, he may forget to allow himself time for teaching his wife. One solution to this is to allocate some time for the family, and even for others such as relatives, to hold a study-circle at home. He can let everyone know the time and encourage them to come regularly, so that it will be an ongoing commitment for him and for them. Something similar happened at the time of the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam.
Al-Bukhaari, may Allaah have mercy on him, quoted in his book's chapter headed 'Can the women be given a day exclusively for them to seek knowledge?' the Hadeeth of Abu Sa’eed al-Khudri, may Allaah be pleased with him: “The women said to the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam: ‘The men always crowd us out and we cannot reach you, so set aside a day for us when we can come to you.’ So he set aside a day when he would meet them and teach them.”

Ibn Hajar, may Allaah have mercy on him, said: “A similar report was narrated by Sahl ibn Abu Saalih from Abu Hurayrah, according to which [the Prophet, sallallaahu 'alayhi wa sallam] said: ‘Your appointment is in the house of so and so,’ and he came to them and spoke to them.’”

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