The Prophet’s Guidance Concerning one’s Place of Residence
The Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) had knowledge that this life term was just a transit station in which one resides for the remainder of his earthly life and then moves on to the Next Life. It was not a part of his guidance or the guidance of his Companions and all those who followed and imitated him, to establish and be concerned with building houses, raising them, beautifying and extending them. Rather, their homes were among the best transit stations that benefited the traveler, fended off cold, heat, people’s eyes, beasts and even (removed) the fear that it might fall down on them because of its considerable weight!
Also, their homes were not shared by wild animals due to their size, nor did the air and wind buffet them due to their excessive height. They were neither built underground because this would harm the inhabitants, nor were they very high above ground. They were on ground level and these are the best types of houses, most beneficial – the least cold or hot.
They were not so small that the inhabitants would become irritated by their smallness, nor very spacious, for the residents would not be able to benefit from the excess space.
Their homes did not contain bathrooms so that they did not bother the people with a stinking odor. The scent in their homes was fresh, as the Prophet (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) used to like good smells and always had a good scent in his house. In fact, his (sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam) sweat was one of the best scents ever smelled and such was the scent of his body. There is no doubt that this is the description of the best type of home, most suitable for the body and for staying healthy.
Healing with the Medicine of the Prophet
Ibn Qayyim al Jawziyyah