Some professionals in health, education and social works of life have proffered suggestions on how Muslim families could maintain healthy homes to attain sound spiritual life.
They were speaking at a forum tagged “Sustaining a Healthy Home”, organised by the Professional Wing of the Al-Mu’minaat Organisation and held at the Lagos State House of Assembly Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja.
In her presentation, a medical practitioner, Dr Islamiyyah Majolagbe dwelt on the importance of marriage in Islam, a necessity of and how to keep or maintain a healthy home.
Majolagbe, who is a Senior Medical Officer, Lagos State Ministry of Health, listed three basic ways of maintaining a healthy home, which includes physical surrounding, psychological and financial capability.
While urging Muslim women to keep their homes free of contaminants in order to stay healthy, the medical practitioner also drew a checklist of rules that they must do at all times to keep their homes safe.
In his own presentation, Dr Ibrahim Akosile, a Principal Lecturer in the Department of Business Administration, Lagos State Polytechnic, defined a healthy home as a home where the husband and the wife understand themselves.
“A healthy home is a peaceful home. A healthy home is a home where the man is happy that he is going back home, likewise the woman,’’ Akosile said.
He also defined marriage as bringing together the cohabitation of two opposing personalities and exchange of understanding help to strengthen the relationship between both of them.
According to him, three vital traits are necessary for a couple to have in relating with one another so as to ensure a peaceful and happy home.
He listed the traits to include an exchange of understanding, good communication and empathy.
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Few marriages are built from the heaven, few marriages work perfectly; most marriages are a continuous work in progress. Second is communication. Effective communication between the husband and wife is to build a happy home. The third is empathy.
Narrating her experience on strategies she used to win her husband to key into the establishment of a school, as her heart desired project, Hajia Sekinat Aderibigbe, shed tears of joy at the occasion, said it was initially difficult for her because she did not get the support of her husband.
Advising participants at the forum, the Mother of the Day, Hajia Fatiat Adegbemisola Rufai, who is a Director at the Lagos State Audit Service Commission, said marriage is a good thing that human beings were meant to enjoy to keep life going.
Rufai, however, pointed out that there could be challenges along the journey of life in a marriage, saying that as Muslims, both couples must try to endure one another.
AUDIO CLIP OF HAJIA FATIAT ADEGBEMISOLA RUFAI
Earlier in her welcome address, the Coordinator of the Professional Forum, Hajia Jelilat Oyinlade Abdul-Hamid, cited several verses of the Holy Qur’an as divine instructions from Almighty Allah on how to maintain a happy home.
Abdul-Hamid regretted that peace, tranquillity, mercy and love were missing form many marriages today, wondering why “such amazing things should be missing in a Muslim’s home.
“I think most people will tell you that marriage can be a source of peace, tranquillity, mercy and love if both spouses work for it’’.
She, therefore, advised Muslim couples to always imbibe these ingredients of life because “a happy and healthy marriage doesn’t just happen, it has to be built and maintained’’.
Many other speakers, in different goodwill messages, admonished the participants on various strategies to cope with challenges of marriage lives and keeping the homefront healthy and prosperous under Islamic settings.
By Our Correspondent