Children are a Great Gift
Assalamu Alaikkum Dear brothers and sisters,
Children are a great gift from Almighty Allah to all parents. Parents must think of their children as such treasures that the all the wealth and material resources are worthless as when compared to one’s children. We, as parents, should thank Almighty Allah for blessing us with children whether they are boys or girls.
Today, it is quite disheartening to see that some parents rejoice when the newborn child is a male and show their dissatisfaction when the child is a female. But, this should not be the attitude. Islam does not condone this type of behavior, as such was the manner of the parents in the time of ignorance.
The Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) said :
Whosoever has a daughter and he does not bury her alive, does not insult her, and does not favor his son over her, ALLAH will enter him into Paradise." (Musnad Ibn Hanbal)
The Beloved Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) also said :
Anyone who has three daughters and provides for them, clothes them, and shows mercy to them will definitely enter the Paradise
Daughters are without doubt a great blessing from Almighty Allah. They are a means of salvation and a path to Jannah for their parents. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has stated that when a boy is born, then he brings one Noor (light) and when a girl is born, then she brings two Noors. It has been narrated in a Hadith that the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has stated that if parents are kind and generous towards their daughters, then they will be so close to the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) in Jannah, like one finger is to the next. The Holy Prophet (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) has also stated that the person who is faced with hardship due to his daughters, and makes Sabr (is patient), then his daughters will be a Purdah (curtain) between him and Hell.
Hazrat Khwaja Uthman Haruni (RadhiAllahu Anhu) states: "Daughters are a gift from Almighty Allah. Those parents who are kind towards them, then Almighty Allah is generous towards such parents. Those who are merciful to their daughters, Almighty Allah is Merciful towards them." The great Saint also said, "When a girl is born to a family, then between the parents and Hell, there shall be a distance of five hundred years."
It has been stated that when parents rejoice at the birth of a daughter. Muslims should also remember that the family of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) is from his beloved daughter Sayyidah Fatima Zahra (RadhiAllahu Anha).
Dear brothers and sisters, Remember! Daughters are a blessing and not a burden.