Sometimes in our life, when we are most distressed, Allah (swt) in His infinite mercy inspires our heart with something so powerful, it forces us to stop and think. I had a similar moment a couple of years ago through a story in the Quran.
Allah’s Blessing Upon a Mother
For the first time after six years of trying, I got pregnant. I and everyone around me were overjoyed. Even though I had a difficult pregnancy where I had to be on bed-rest almost the whole time, I had my family and friends around me. I couldn’t have been happier. Slowly but surely time kept moving forward and I reached the 32nd week of pregnancy. On the 5th day of that week, there was a rupture of my amniotic sac, and I went with my mother to the hospital emergency. Within 3 hours of arriving at the hospital, my son Yahya was born via emergency C-section, 7 weeks before his due date. The whole experience felt surreal. After years of waiting, of hoping, of praying, Allah blessed me with a beautiful child, Alhamdulillah. As soon as he was born, all I remember seeing is doctors swiftly rushing him out of the operation theatre.
After I was brought back to the inpatient room, I waited desperately to see my son. Finally after 14 hours I was allowed to go to the NICU area, to see my son for the very first time. I finally reached him and there he laid, a tiny baby in a glass box, covered with tubes and wires. After 15 minutes, the nurses asked me to leave as other parents needed to come inside to see their baby. The very next day, I was discharged from the hospital while a piece of my heart, my precious Yahya, remained in the NICU for the next 10 days.
Inspiring Story of Moses Mother
Once I was back at home, outwardly I was in every material comfort and recovering swiftly, but my heart was in turmoil. I cried and prayed and cried some more, but all in vain.
It was in this moment of despair that I came across this ayah:
And We inspired to the mother of Moses, “Suckle him; but when you fear for him, cast him into the river and do not fear and do not grieve. Indeed, We will return him to you and will make him [one] of the messengers.” (Quran Surah Al-Qasas 28:7)
I began to visualize the feelings of Moosa’s (as) mother; she had put her child in what for her was seemingly certain death because what was behind was even more difficult to see. She was in desperate circumstances and had no idea what would happen to her child. Can you picture not knowing what is happening or going to happen to your child when you know that they are in a perilous situation? But Subhan’Allah her faith in Allah and His promise kept her strong! This beautiful story of a mother’s faith helped me strengthen my faith as well, where day after day I got to see my baby through a glass window and touch him only through a tiny window in his incubator for a total of 15 minutes each day.
When a mother has to be away from her child, the re-union with her child is sure to result in tears of happiness. Having never even held my baby once in my arms in the first 10 days of his life, the first time I got to hold him was a moment so amazing, I can never put it in words.
Now I understood how Allah (swt) defines that feeling. Allah (swt) tells his favor to Moosa (as). He says:
“So We restored you to your mother, that she might cool her eyes and she should not grieve.” (Quran Surah Ta-Ha 20:40)
Allah (swt) is describing the most astonishing joy! The most wonderful relief! The most inexpressible feeling in the heart of a mother!
“So We restored him to his mother that she might be content and not grieve and that she would know that the promise of Allah is true. But most of the people do not know.” (Quran Surah Al-Qasas 28:13)