Place of Residence – Tibb-e-Nabawi

Place of Residence

اللَّهُمَّ أنتَ رَبِّي لا إلهَ إلاَّ أنتَ خَلَقْتَنِي وأنَا عَبْدُكَ وأنَا عَلَى عَهْدِكَ ووَعْدِكَ ما اسْتَطعتُ، أعُوذُ بكَ مِن شَرِّ ما صَنَعْتُ، أبُوءُ لكَ بنعْمَتِكَ عليَّ وأبُوءُ بِذَنبي فاغْفِرْ لي فإنَّهُ لا يغفِرُ الذُّنوبَ إلا أنتَ.

Prophet’s Guidance concerning one’s place of Residence

Ibn Al Qayyam wrote :

فصل في تدبيره لأمر المسكن
لما علم صلى الله عليه وسلم أنه على ظهر سير وأن الدنيا مرحلة مسافر ينزل فيها مدة عمره ثم ينتقل عنها إلى الآخرة لم يكن من هديه وهدي أصحابه ومن تبعه الاعتناء بالمساكن وتشييدها وتعليتها وزخرفتها وتوسيعها بل كانت من أحسن منازل المسافر تقي الحر والبرد وتستر عن العيون وتمنع من ولوج الدواب ولا يخاف سقوطها لفرط ثقلها ولا تعشش فيها الهوام لسعتها ولا تعتور عليها الأهوية والرياح المؤذية لارتفاعها وليست تحت الأرض فتؤذي ساكنها ولا في غاية الارتفاع عليها بل وسط وتلك أعدل المساكن وأنفعها وأقلها حرا وبردا ولا تضيق عن ساكنها فينحصر ولا تفضل عنه بغير منفعة ولا فائدة فتأوي الهوام في خلوها ولم يكن فيها كنف تؤذي ساكنها برائحتها .

بل رائحتها من أطيب الروائح لأنه كان يحب الطيب ولا يزال عنده وريحه هو من أطيب الرائحة وعرقه من أطيب الطيب ولم يكن في الدار كنيف تظهر رائحته ولا ريب أن هذه من أعدل المساكن وأنفعها وأوفقها للبدن وحفظ صحته .

Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam had the knowledge that this life-term was just a transit station in which one resides for the remainder of his earthly life and then moves on to the Next Life. It was not a part of his guidance or the guidance of his companions, and all those who followed and imitated him, to establish and be concerned with building houses, raising them, beautifying them and extending them. Rather, their places of residence were among the best transit stations that could benefit the traveler, fending off the cold, heat, people’s eyes, the beasts and even the fear that it might fall down on them because of its considerable weight.

Also, their residence ware neither shared by wild animals, due to their size, nor did the air and wind buffet them due to their excessive height. They were neither built underground, because this would harm the inhabitants, nor were they very high above the ground. They were on the level of the ground. These are the best types of houses, most beneficial and least cold or hot. They were not so small that the inhabitants would be irritated by their smallness, nor very spacious, for the residents would not be able to benefit from the excess space. Their homes did not contain bathrooms so that they did not bother the people with a stinking odor

The scent in their homes was fresh, as Prophet Muhammad Sallallaho Alaihe Wasallam used to like good smells and always had a good scent in his house. In fact, our beloved Prophet’s sweat was one of the best scents ever smelled, and such was the scent of his body. There is no doubt that this is the description of the best type of home, most suitable for the body and for staying healthy.