BISMILLĀHIR RAHMĀNIR RAHĪM Glory to Allāh and Salutations on Rasulullāh Sallallāhu ‘alayhi wasallam.
After a hard day’s work the husband returns home. As usual the wife is not there to receive him. He shouts for her and a few minutes later she emerges from the bedroom. Her eyes look sleepy and her hair is disheveled.
Wife: Oh you are back? I was just lying down after a very a very rough day. I haven’t even had a shower yet. Today has really been a bad day for me. The washing machine fuse blew out and I had to do all the washing manually. To make things worse I am having a splitting headache…
Husband: You and your complaints, it’s the usual story. I have just come from work and instead of serving me a cup of tea or at least asking me how my day went you start with your moaning.
Wife: How do you expect me make tea when I am so exhausted? You husbands never realise what the wife goes through when she has to attend to all the household chores…
At that moment the wife’s mobile phone rings. It’s her mother.
Wife: Oh Mom how are you? Don’t ask me about my day! It’s been really bad. The washing machine let me down and I had to wash all the clothes with my hands. In addition to that my husband comes home and starts blaming me unnecessarily. I am really fed up and I want to come to you to get it off my chest. By the way, Mom when is Amreen’s wedding? So they are coming tonight? I will also join you. Ok see you tonight, Mom.
Husband: Come on! There was no need to tell your mother all that stuff. That was a small matter. You are making a mountain out of a molehill. I am sorry if I hurt you.
Wife: Sorry doesn’t make a dead man alive. You are going to take me to my Mom tonight otherwise I am going to call my brother to come and pick me up.
Husband: But what’s the urgency? You have already talked to her on the phone.
Wife: It’s almost a week I have not seen her, and also my aunt’s family is going there to discuss Amreen’s wedding. She is getting married next month.
Husband: Incidentally, who is this Amreen?
Wife: How many times I have told you that Amreen is my aunt’s granddaughter. You seem to be forgetting it every time.
Husband: But why do you want to join their discussion? Just now you said that you are having a splitting headache and that you are really exhausted.
Wife: So you remember that? When it comes to remembering my relatives’ names you seem to be suffering from Amnesia (inability to recall) but when you want to taunt me then your memory works fine. Listen, I’m going to my Mom’s place tonight, full stop.
The husband’s car has just entered the driveway when the wife opens the door. She seems to be all set to give him a hearty welcome home. A radiant smile has lit her face and she is exuding a lovely fragrance. The husband climbs the steps and gets overjoyed to see his wife anxiously awaiting his arrival.
Wife: Wa ‘alaikum-as-Salaam! I was just waiting for you. I have prepared your favourite snack for you. Can you guess what is?
Husband: Ammm…Dal Bhajias!
Wife: That’s right. You will inshaAllah enjoy the delightful Dal Bhajias accompanied by coconut chutney and a hot cup of Masala tea. Tell me, how was your day?
Husband: Don’t worry about my day. You tell me how your day was. You had hosted my three sisters for lunch so it must have been pretty hectic for you, all that cooking and cleaning in addition to the usual responsibilities of washing dishes, washing clothes, vacuum cleaning and so on. As per my word, tonight we are going out for dinner.
Wife: Believe me or not I really enjoy doing the domestic work, it keeps me fit. Now tell me about your day.
Husband: My day was dreadful. Three containers came up on just a single day. It was truly exhaustion all the way down. I was extremely tired on my way home but the moment I saw your smiling face half my fatigue just disappeared. Anyway, forget about it and get ready for the outing that I had promised in the morning.
Precisely at that moment the wife’s phone rings. Her Mummy is on the line.
Wife: AsSalaamu’alaykum Mummy. No, we can’t make it tonight. InshAllah I’ll pop in some other day. Fi amanillah Mummy. (to the husband) it was my mother. I had promised her that we shall visit her at night on our way to the hotel but since you are very tired I have canceled that program. We will inshAllah go out for dinner on some other day.
Husband: MashaAllah! How understanding you are! The women of the world should learn from you the lesson on how to win the hubby! I am really lucky I have got you.
Overcome by modesty the wife looks down. And she looks even more captivating to her husband and he…
We will stop here.
And Allāh Ta’ala Knows Best.