Right after I gave birth to Imran, my mother came and stood next to me on the bed. The first words I said after delivering him were asking my mom: "Hooyo, how did you do this 7 times?" And till this day, she says she wished and could have had more.
The pain of birthing a child is beyond imaginable, but isn't it a miracle that we forget it all and go back to it again, and again, and again. I too forgot all about it, but what I remember are the emotions connected to the pain. I will never forget how it was a time where I felt most connected to Allah knowing He alone could take away the pain. I gave birth to Imran at 3:57am, the last third of the night that we all believe Allah descends down simply to answer our calls. I remember reaching a point in my pain where I looked out the window and with the strongest resolve I've ever felt, I said "Ya Allah, I know you are out there hearing me and seeing me, let this be done." And, it was answered, alhamdulilah.
This verse in Surat Al-Ahqaf is one of my favorite verses in the Quran as it contains many lessons for us to take whether we are parents, mothers, or adult children towards our parents.
وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنْسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ إِحْسَانًا ۖ حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا ۖ وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا ۚ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَىٰ وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ
We have enjoined upon man kindness to his parents. His mother carried him with difficulty, and delivered him with difficulty. His bearing and weaning takes thirty months. Until, when he has attained his maturity, and has reached forty years, he says, "Lord, enable me to appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me and upon my parents, and to act with righteousness, pleasing You. And improve my children for me. I have sincerely repented to You, and I am of those who have surrendered." #alhamdulilah #mothers #Quran #reflection #birthstory #birthing #dua #islamicwisdom #gratitude