By: Sheikh Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Hafidhahullah)
Pregnancy is a great bounty of Allah Ta’ala. The condition of pregnancy is also a great act of Ibadah. When a woman is performing Salaah, she is engaged in Ibadah only while she is in Salaah. Once the Salaah is over, she is not engaged in the Ibadah of Salaah. Similarly when one is engaged in Zikr, that act of worship is confined to the time one is engaged in that act of worship. When one finishes the Tilaawat of the Quran or finishes Zikr, that form of worship has ended. The form of worship in pregnancy is unique.
A pregnant woman carrying a child in her womb and overcoming all the challenges that come with the pregnancy, nausea, hormonal imbalances, mood swings, diet imbalances etc, are all acts of Ibadah throughout her term of pregnancy.
In 10 months, which is translated to 300 days, 7, 200 hours, 432,000 minutes, 25,920,000 seconds, in every moment she is in Ibadah.
Furthermore, a pregnant woman’s minor sins are forgiven. If she makes intentions of Taubah in her pregnancy, her major sins will also be forgiven. By the time she ends her pregnancy, she is like a newborn child just like her newly born child.
It is just like she returned from an accepted Hajj, where she has said Labbayk and seen the Ka’bah Shareef. When a woman is pregnant, she says Labbayk to all the challenges that come with it and she witnesses the Qudrah (power) of Allah in her child.