Culturally it is seen that the housework duties should fall upon the wife exclusively – and that helping the wife is seen as degrading, embarrassing, or too feminine. However, is this the case within Islam? What did the Prophet (sawa) say about the rewards of the man who helps his wife?
“O’ father of Hasan! Listen to me. I will not tell you anything but what my Lord has ordered me to. Allah (swt) will establish the reward of as many years of fasting in the daytime and staying up at night to pray, as there are hairs on ones body for helping his wife with the housework. The reward will be similar to what He has granted to the patient ones, the Prophet David (as), Jacob (as) and Jesus (as).”
“O’ Ali! Allah (swt) will record in the book of the martyrs the name of whoever serves his wife at home, and does not feel bad about it. Allah (swt) will establish the reward of one thousand martyrs for each day and night, and will grant him the reward of the pilgrimage to the Holy House of God for every step he takes in this regard. God will reward him with a city in Heaven that is as extensive as all the veins in his body are.”
Source: Mustadrak al-Wasaa’il, Volume 13, Page 48 (See Image below)
The Prophet (sawa) goes on to say: “O Ali! Serving the wife is considered to be expiation for major sins. It will quench the Lord’s wrath, and be considered as the nuptial gift for the ‘Houris’. It will be a cause of raised ranks, and increased, recorded good-deeds.”
Source: Mustadrak al-Wasaa’il, Volume 13, Page 49 (See Image below)