Question: Is it obligatory upon the woman to be in the service of her husband in the house; such as cooking and cleaning?
Answer: There are differing opinions in regards to this affair. Some of the Fuqahaa’ (Scholars of Fiqh) say, that the woman is not obligated to service her husband in these affairs; such as cooking and cleaning. This is the opinion of some of the Fuqahaa’ and Allah knows best.
But if we return to the Hadeeth of our Prophet Muhammad (Allah’s peace and blessings upon him) he says, “Every woman is Raa’iyyah (a shepherdess/caretaker) in her husband’s home and is responsible for her flock(those and that under her responsibility)…”
Therefore, the woman takes the responsibility of what is within her husband’s home upon her neck. She takes upon her neck the responsibility of what must be maintained within her husband’s home and cooking and cleaning fall under this responsibility.
But once again, this is an affair in which our Fuqahaa’ differ. May Allah bless and reward you all.
Shaykh Taamir Fatooh (May Allah preserve him upon the good).
Translated by: Aboo Abdir-Rahmaan Abdur-Raqeeb