Shama-il Tirmidhi Chapter 46, Hadith Number 13 (325).

‘Amrah Radiyallahu ‘Anha reports that someone asked ‘Aayeshah Radiyallahu ‘Anha. “What was the usual practice of Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam at home?” She replied: “He was a human from among other humans. He himself removed the lice from his clothing, milked his goats, and did all his work himself”.

He was a human from among other humans’ means as the common people, he mostly did his household chores himself. He did not have pride or feel ashamed to do the household work or fulfil his needs. In a hadith it is stated that the work that was done by the common people in their homes, was also done by Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. In some ahaadith, examples of the chores are also given as in the hadith under discussion. In the ahaadith it is also stated that he sewed his clothing himself, he repaired his shoes, mended his clothing etc.

In the above hadith it is mentioned that he removed lice from his clothing. The research of the ‘ulama is that lice was not found in the body and clothing of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam. It is evident that lice appears from the dirt of the body and multiplies with the perspiration. The whole body of Sayyidina Rasulullah Sallallahu ‘Alayhi Wasallam was nur. There can be no questions of dirt, in the same manner his perspiration was like rose, that is used as a scent. How can it be possible for lice to live in the essence of rose. Therefore here it will mean that he looked for lice suspecting it from another person to have crept onto his clothing. The ‘ulama say that this was done to teach the ummah, that when others see him doing this they will practise it more diligently.