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Q- My wife used to pray regularly until her first child. After that she became quite lazy, claiming that a womanıs sins are all forgiven due to the pain she faces during labor. What do you say to her?
A ı This is not true. If the woman, like other humans, faces some hardship and she is patient and hopes for reward for that, she will be rewarded due to that pain and affliction. In fact, the Prophet (peace be upon him) gave examples of much lesser types of pain which expiate sins, such as being pricked by a thorn.
If a person has patience and expects reward from Allah for anything that has afflicted him, he will be rewarded according to what he shows by way of patience and expectations. The essence of affliction is the removal of his sins. The one who is afflicted has his sins removed under any circumstance. Furthermore, if this is accompanied with patience, the person will also be rewarded for his patience on his affliction.
When a woman gives birth, there is no doubt that she suffers a lot of pain and hardship. That pain removes some of her sins from her. If she is also patient and expecting reward from Allah, then, in addition to having sins removed, she will also be rewarded and have good deeds recorded for her.
ı Ibn Uthaymeen; Fatawa Al-Marıah
Reward of a woman who dies in labor
The third question of Fatwa no. 829
Q: Are there any reports from the Prophet (peace be upon him) regarding the reward of a woman who dies during pregnancy?
A: Yes;it was related by Imam Malik in "Al-Muwatta'", by Ahmad in "Al-Musnad (Hadith Compilation)" by Abu Dawud, Ibn Majah, and Al-Nasaıy in their "Sunan (Hadith compilations classified by jurisprudential themes)", Ibn Hibban in his "Sahih (Book of Authentic Hadith)", and Al-Hakim in "Al-Mustadrak", on the authority of Jabir ibn ıAtik, who said that the Prophet (peace be upon him) said,
Al-Nawawy said that this is a Hadith Sahih (a Hadith that has been transmitted by people known for their uprightness and exactitude; free from eccentricity and blemish).
|ıThere are seven types of martyrs, other than being killed in the Cause of Allah: one who is killed in the Cause of Allah is a martyr, one who dies in a plague is a martyr, one who drowns is a martyr, one who dies of pleurisy is a martyr, one who dies of an abdominal disease is a martyr, one who dies in a fire is a martyr, one who dies under a collapsed building is a martyr, and a woman who dies during childbirth is a martyr.ı
May Allah grant us success! May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions!
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