After some time has elapsed, the couple desire that Allah Almighty bless them with a child, and thus through marital consummation Allah Almighty grants their wish. The first stage that follows is that of Pregnancy. A person should not be ashamed of being pregnant or treat it as a significant burden, as there are many beautiful virtues and rewards of Pregnancy in Islam. Islam, a religion of justice, can never neglect the awards of Pregnancy, as it’s a much more difficult period of a woman’s life.
- Multiplied in Blessings
- All the Bad Deeds are Erased
- Gaining a Higher Status than Men
- Attaining Great Rewards from Allah
- All the Difficulty is counted as Good Deeds.
- Pregnant Woman is at the Same Level with Martyr
- A Pregnant Woman Got Paradise Under Her Feet
- The Patience and Ability are More Than Men
Virtues for Being Pregnant
Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“Paradise is under the feet of the mother.”
Difficulties Born by Mother – During Pregnancy
As for mothers, Islam has made them a beautiful world in which everyone must respect and revere them. Allah recognizes and mentions the difficulties borne by mothers:
وَوَصَّيْنَا ٱلْإِنسَٰنَ بِوَٰلِدَيْهِ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُۥ وَهْنًا عَلَىٰ وَهْنٍ وَفِصَٰلُهُۥ فِى عَامَيْنِ أَنِ ٱشْكُرْ لِى وَلِوَٰلِدَيْكَ إِلَىَّ ٱلْمَصِيرُ
And We have enjoined upon the human being [care] for his parents. His mother carried him, [increasing her] in weakness upon weakness, and his weaning is in two years. Be grateful to Me and to your parents; to Me is the [final] destination.
[Surat Luqmān, Verse 14]
Parents has higher status
Someone asked The Prophet (Peace be upon him):
“Which of the parents has a higher status?” He replied, “The one who for nine months kept you between her two sides (stomach). And then brought you into this World and gave you milk from her breasts.”
[Mustadrak al-Wasāil, vol. 2, pg. 628]
The Rewards of Pregnancy Until Giving Birth and Breastfeeding
The Prophet (Peace be upon him) said:
“The reward of a woman, from the time of Pregnancy until birth and breastfeeding, is the same as the reward of one on the path of Allah.
And if a woman leaves this World during that time because of the hardship and pains of birth, she has the reward of a martyr.”
[Makarim al-Akhlāq, pg. 238]
Leaving the World Because of Labor
Narrated from Imām Sādiq (as):
“Any time a woman leaves this World because of labor pains, on the Day of Judgement, Allāh will raise her from the grave pure and without an account (of sins). Because such a woman has given her life due to the hardship and pain of labor .”
[Bihār al-Anwār, vol. 101, pg. 108]
- The Whole Period of Pregnancy
Told from Imām as-Sādiq (as):
“Every time a woman becomes pregnant, during the whole period of Pregnancy, she has the status of one who fasts, one who worships during the night, and one who fights for Allah with her life and possessions.
And when she gives birth, Allah grants her so much reward that nobody knows its limit because of its greatness. And when she is giving milk to her child, for every suck of the child, Allah gives her the reward of freeing a slave from the children of Ismā’īl. When the period of breastfeeding, the child is finished. One of the great angels of Allah taps her side and says: “Start your deeds afresh, for Allah has forgiven all your minor sins.”
[al-Kāfī, vol. 5, pg. 496]
The above traditions should give hope to pregnant women, who inevitably will face one difficulty or another during this time. At times of difficulty, one should know that Allah has provided women with the capability and the desire to bear children.
The Patience of 10 Men During Pregnancy
Imam as-Sadiq (as) narrates:
“Allah has given every woman the patience of 10 men, and during pregnancy, Allah grants her the ability of 10 more men.”
[Mustadrak al-Wasāil, vol. 10, pg. 46]
So Muslim sisters, do not get tired, as Islam values your effort. Though it’s a difficult time, many rewards of Pregnancy are awaiting you. Your focus must be on bringing up your coming child with perfect Islamic values and leaving the rest on ALLAH.
HE, the elevated, WHO has put a life in your baby, would surely lead a safe way out IN SHA ALLAH. Cherish your blessings; not everyone is blessed with this opportunity of being the mother of a Muslim baby 🙂