Indeed there is nothing more beautiful than pregnancy, the miracle of life. Islam recognizes the reward and the virtues and the significance of childbirth. We can see several verses highlighting the reward of pregnancy in Islam in the Qur’an and narrations from the Prophet (SAW).
Firstly, Islam recognizes the difficulty of pregnancy and childbirth. Allah (SWT) says,
وَوَصَّيْنَا ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ بِوَٰلِدَيْهِ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُۥ وَهْنًا عَلَىٰ وَهْنٍ وَفِصَٰلُهُۥ فِى عَامَيْنِ أَنِ ٱشْكُرْ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَيْكَ إِلَىَّ ٱلْمَصِيرُ
“And We have enjoined upon man [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to your parents; and to Me is the [final] destination.”
Reward and Virtues of Pregnancy in Islam:
From this verse, Allah recognizes that pregnancy and childbirth are extreme acts of women. But Allah (SWT) also brings attention to the virtues of pregnancy in Islam. Allah (SWT) commands the believers to care and be grateful to their parents in the above verse. And by bringing attention to the acts of the mother in carrying the child to life.
Allah (SWT) emphasizes her value and importance, demonstrating that the mother has the greater right to be cared for, and shows gratitude through these actions. The same is shown in the verse of Surah Al-Ahqaf:
وَوَصَّيْنَا ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ بِوَٰلِدَيْهِ إِحْسَٰنًا ۖ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُۥ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا ۖ وَحَمْلُهُۥ وَفِصَٰلُهُۥ ثَلَٰثُونَ شَهْرًا ۚ حَتَّىٰٓ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُۥ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِىٓ أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ ٱلَّتِىٓ أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَىَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَٰلِدَىَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَٰلِحًا تَرْضَىٰهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِى فِى ذُرِّيَّتِىٓ ۖ إِنِّى تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّى مِنَ ٱلْمُسْلِمِينَ
“And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, the right treatment. His mother carried him with hardship and gave birth to him with difficulty, and his gestation and weaning [period]. [He grows] until when he reaches maturity and reaches [the age of] forty years. He says,
“My Lord, enable me to be grateful for Your favor which You have bestowed upon me and my parents and to work the righteousness of which You will approve and make righteous for me my offspring. Indeed, I have repented to You, and indeed, I am of the Muslims.”
Appreciate Our Mothers:
Again, in this verse, Allah details the acts a mother does for her child. As a pregnant, bearing the pains of childbirth, weaning, and rearing the child to be a righteous Muslim. These are all things Allah (SWT) mentions so that we can appreciate our mothers and what they do for us. It also raises awareness of the Rewards and the significance of pregnancy in Islam. The goal of a parent in Islam should be to have many kids and raise them on the path of Islam. Parents should make the above dua so that Allah can bless their efforts and lead them to the Straight Path as He is the One who guides them.
Therefore, pregnancy in Islam is a righteous act in itself. It is fulfilling the aim of Shariah that is dear to Allah, which is to increase the progeny of Muslims, those who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and profess this belief through their words and actions. The Prophet (SAW) said,
“Marry the one who is loving and prolific (could bear many children), for I will be proud of your large numbers before the nations.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood).
We know from hadith that The Prophet (blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) said:
“The woman who dies in pregnancy or childbirth is a martyr.” (Narrated by Abu Dawood).
The significance of this statement is such that the woman is fulfilling the aim to increase the progeny of Muslims, i.e., growing those believing in Allah and obeying His commands. Therefore, it is a virtuous act, and all parents should strive to raise children who believe in Allah and are eager to please Him.
May Allah (SWT) make our children a source of comfort for us in this world and the next.