Response to the “Aurat March” Slogan: “Khana Khud Garam Karo” (Heat Your Own Food)
By Raja Zia-ul-Haq – President, Youth Club
I support it (this slogan) in that our beloved Prophet Muhammad (sa) did his house chores himself. I myself have no problem whatsoever with doing housework. If I see that my wife is busy and dishes need to be washed, I love doing it without being asked, because somehow doing it relaxes me. I love helping out around the house. Prophet Muhammad (sa) sew his own clothes, mended his shoes and cooked food – he enjoyed helping around the house himself. It is not a big deal to do it. My problem is with the attitude that comes along with the slogan “heat your own food”. Please, do not show this attitude. We men would love to do it but minus the attitude.
Imagine if one day “Men’s Day” is celebrated. Men start coming out on the streets holding such banners as:
- “Apnay Bag Khud Uthalo” (pick your bag yourself)
- “Bathroom Main Chipkali Khud Hi Marlo” (kill the lizard in the bathroom yourself)
- “Bottle Ka Dhakan Khud Hi Khol Lo” (open the bottle cap yourself)
I have lost count of the times my wife has come to me with a bottle, asking me to open the cap, and I said “Bismillah” and opened it immediately, saying: “Here you go!” I could have said: “Open the cap yourself! Did I come into this world to open caps for you? Is that my job? How demeaning is this? I am someone talking to people about Allah (swt) and giving lectures in conferences, and you are asking me to open bottle caps for you! Am I the only one left to kill lizards?” But I love to do it, Insha’Allah.
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