O Messenger of God - sallalahu alayhi wa sallam - you convey all good news and glad tidings to the men, and do not tell women glad tidings. The Prophet - sallalahu alayhi wa sallam - said: Have your companions [meaning other women] sent you for this? She said: Yes, they have commanded me to ask you this question. The Prophet - sallalahu alayhi wa sallam - said: Will one of you not be content [to know] that when she is pregnant by her husband and he is happy with her, she gets the reward as one who is fasting the day and praying the night in the path of God? [That] when she has labour pains, those who are in the heaven and the earth do not know what comfort has been hidden in store for [her]? [And that] when she delivers the child, for every suckling that child does, she has a good deed [added to her reckoning]? [And that] when the child causes her to wake in the night, she gets the reward [the equal of] of freeing seventy slaves in the path of God? Salamah, do you know, who I mean by this great reward? It is for those women who are pure, righteous, obedient to their husbands and never ungrateful to them.*
*Abu Nu'aym Asbahani, Ma'rifat al -sahabah, v. 253.
by Shaykh Mohammad Akram Nadwi