Non-Fiction / Story with a Hadith quote / Under 250 words

Daughters – a source of great reward

english muslim babyWe have learned much about the Islamic view of children from Prophet Muhammad’s beloved wife Aisha.  Traditions narrated by her show clearly that male children should not be preferred over female children and that raising daughters is a source of great reward.

Aisha (may Allah be pleased with her) narrated this story*, whereby a lady along with her two daughters came to her asking for some alms. But Aisha found nothing with her except one date which she gave to the lady who then divided it between her two daughters. She did not eat anything herself, and then she got up and went away.

 cute muslim baby girlSoon, the Prophet came in and Aisha informed him about this story. He said, “Whoever is put to trial by having to raise daughters and he treats them generously (with benevolence) then these daughters will act as a shield for him from Hellfire.”


[*Narrated by Aisha (r.a.) from Saheeh Al-Bukhari]




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