Indeed there is nothing more beautiful than the miracle of life. Islam recognizes the virtues and significance of childbirth providing several verses highlighting 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, “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 to Me is the [final] destination” (31:14). From this verse, Allah recognizes that pregnancy and childbirth are desperate acts of women, but Allah (SWT) also brings attention to the virtues of pregnancy in Islam. In the above verse, Allah (SWT) commands the believers to care and be grateful to their parents. And by bringing attention to the acts of the mother in carrying the child to live, Allah (SWT) is emphasizing her value and importance, demonstrating that through these actions the mother has the greater right to be cared for and to be shown gratitude.

The same shown in the verse of Surah Al-Ahqaf:
And We have enjoined upon man, to his parents, 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 upon 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” (46:15).

Again, in this verse, Allah details the acts a mother does for her child: pregnancy, 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 Rewards and significance of pregnancy in Islam. The goal of a parent in Islam should not only be to have many kids but to raise them on the path of Islam. Parents should make the above dua so that Allah can bless their efforts and lead them to Straight Path as He is the One who guides.

Therefore, pregnancy in Islam is a righteous act in of itself. It is fulfilling an 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 the Muslims, that is, growing those who believe in Allah and obey His commands. It is a virtuous act, and the intention of 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.

Ameen.

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