10 Rights of Pregnant Woman in Islam
Islam as a perfect religion, has governed all aspects of life. Islam also pays great attention to family survival, according to its position as an important part of society. Family factors become the determinant of the good or bad of a society. This is because family problems are closely related to women and children.
Even women play a role in the family’s survival. The development of the family through the process of descent, making women are in the most important position in giving birth to a new generation of people. Therefore, we must pay attention to the rights of pregnant women, such as:
1. Rights to receive a living from Husband
Women as a wife are entitled to secure welfare. Both in the form of clothing and enough food. Not only when the wife is undergoing the process of reproduction (containing, childbirth, and breastfeeding). But beyond those times, his status as the wife and mother of the children, should also be taken into account. In the period of pregnancy, it is a time when a woman needs food with adequate nutrition.
Even a pregnant woman should take twice as many meals as usual. In this case Islam has obliged the husband to provide a decent living and meet the nutritional standards in accordance with the ability of the husband himself. This is mentioned in the letter of Al-Baqarah verse 233:
‘Mothers may breastfeed their children two complete years for whoever wishes to complete the nursing [period]. Upon the father is the mothers’ provision and their clothing according to what is acceptable. No person is charged more than his capacity. No mother should be harmed through her child, and no father through his child. And upon the [father’s] heir is [a duty] like that [of the father]. And if they both desire weaning through mutual consent from both of them and consultation, there is no blame upon either of them. And if you wish to have your children nursed by a substitute, there is no blame upon you as long as you give payment according to what is acceptable. And fear God and know that Allah is Seeing of what you do’
In other verse is also mentioned. This time from At-Talaq verse 7 :
‘Let a man of wealth spend his wealth, and he is provision is restricted – let him spend from what God has given him. Allah does not charge a soul except according to what He has given it. Allah will bring about, after hardship, ease.’
The period of pregnancy is a time when a woman needs food with adequate nutrition. Even a pregnant woman should take twice as many meals as usual. In this case Islam has obliged the husband to provide a decent living and meet the nutritional standards in accordance with the ability of the husband himself. For a husband who has the ability to economically should not apply stingy over his wife. Allah swt has affirmed that they give a living according to their ability.
See also :
- The Purpose of Marriage in Islam
- Father’s Rights in Islam after Divorce
- Benefits of Equality in Islam
2. Right to a Decent Place to Live from Her Husband
A wife needs a safe and comfortable home to support psychological development. Both for the wife and the fetus in the womb. In this case Islam has obliged the husband to be responsible for the availability of adequate housing and shelter for his wife, even with a sufficiently clear language the Qur’an in At-Talaq’s letter states that :
‘Lodge them [in a section] of where you dwell out of your means and do not harm them in order to oppress them. And if they should be pregnant, then spend on them until they give birth. And if they breastfeed for you, then give them their payment and confer among yourselves in the acceptable way; but if you are in discord, then there may breastfeed for the father another woman.’
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3. The Rights of Gaining Protection from Husband
Women are entitled to safety and health assurance related to their reproductive function. This right is absolute considering the enormous risks for mothers in performing their reproductive functions. Starting from menstruation, having sex, containing, giving birth or breastfeeding.
A woman while pregnant or pregnant, is entitled to various protections from her husband. Islam has placed men (husbands) as leaders and protectors in the home. The protection that the husband gives to his wife covers various aspects. Protection from domestic violence by not treating the wife in a crude manner. Protection from hunger, protection from illness and others. This is mention in Surah An-Nisaa verse 34 :
‘Men are in charge of women by [right of] what God has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what God would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand.‘
4. Right to Maintain Cleanliness and Health
Women need special attention in the field of health, especially after childbirth. In addition to the amount of dirty blood that comes out during the puerperium, the condition of women is also still in a state of injury (due to childbirth). Health care is needed to prevent various diseases. It is recognized that cleanliness is the root of Islamic health has made it very clear that cleanliness is a recommendation linked to faith.
5. Rights of Praying
Women have a very special position in Islam, especially pregnant women. This can be seen from the reward to be obtained. Prayers performed by pregnant women take precedence when compared with other women who are not pregnant. Rasulullah SAW said that if two prayer rhymes of pregnant women will be much better and good compared to 80 rakats prayer by non-pregnant women.
Such privileges are given to pregnant women because they carry the fetus in their stomach. This of course makes the fetus in the stomach also participate in praying with his mother, hearing the reading of prayer and also join prostration with the mother to worship Allah SWT and always be in His protection.
6. Rights of Dzikr
Dzikr means remember. We are obliged to remember our creator, which is Allah swt. Pregnant women have a virtue in remembrance. Because he was pregnant with the fetus in his womb, and the angels who also beristighfar for the pregnant woman. Allah Almighty will obey for the pregnant woman with a thousand goodness and also wipe out a thousand evil she has ever done.
7. Rights to check her condition and her fetus
A pregnant woman must check her condition and her baby in his womb. Such as get information about his health condition. Information should be provided directly to clients (and their families). If she feel worried pr concerns about her condition, she can discuss with an environment she could trust. This process takes place personally and is based on mutual trust.
8. Rights to receive a pregnant information as much as she get
Correlated with number 7, a pregnant woman must received a lot of information about pregnancy. Such as knowing in advance what kind of procedure will be done against it. Also she must obtain the service personally / respected privacy in every implementation procedure, and receive service as comfortable as possible. But she can express her views and choices about the services she receives.
9. Rights to giving her baby a beautiful name
A pregnant woman should want a beautiful name for her baby. Because a name means a pray and hope from her (and her husband) to her children. A mother wants the best for her children, and would do anything for them.
10. Rights of intercourse with husband
Relationship between husband and wife in Islam can be done anytime, except in the menstruation or nifas (childbirth). Apart from the forbidden time both parties both husband and wife are entitled to do so as long as it is still in the provisions set by Allah swt. With regard to pregnancy there is no single proposition prohibiting married couples to engage in such relationships.
In such intercourse the wife is entitled to get the pleasure and satisfaction as her husband finds. In this case the Messenger of Allah has given a warning that someone is not selfish in having sex by forgetting his partner. This is mentioned in Surah Al-Baqarah verse 233, which is the explanation in point number 1. Also, it is mentioned in some of hadith :
“If a (husband) of you intercourse with his wife then let him do it seriously. When he first reaches orgasm before the wife feels it, let him not rush (remove the zakarnya) until the wife fulfilled his intention to get orgasm“
In another hadith from Ibnu Majah Rasulullah SAW said:
“If one of you intercedes with his wife then do not do it like two camels or a donkey, and start with words and kisses.”
See also : Aims of Muslim Education
That was the rights of pregnant woman in Islam. We hope you take this much benefit and applied in daily life. See you in the next article.