Pregnancy for a Muslim woman is one of the holiest times of her life – a time when the Qur’an says that all angels will make repentance on her for behalf, when Allah will, for each day of her pregnancy, write for her 1,000 good deeds and erase from her 1,000 bad deeds. The virtues of pregnancy abound throughout Islamic scripture, with specific prayers designated from the time of conception through delivery as well as prayers to help a woman conceive and ones for having a healthy, beautiful, and God-fearing child.
There are some verses in the Holy Quran which are recommended to be recited for an easy safe child labor. The following collection is some of the prayers that are a taste of all the comfort and support Islam offers a pregnant woman.
1. To remain safe from the danger of miscarriage or premature birth, take a cotton thread equal to mother’s height, dye it in saffron and make 9 knots, then recite verses 127 and 128 of An-Nahl on each knot separately and blow breath on it.
Be patient (O Muhammad)! And your patience is only with (the help of) Allah; and do not grieve for them, and do not be distressed because of what they devise. Verily Allah is with those who safeguard themselves against evil and those who do good.
2. In Islam, Allah, or God, has 99 names, each of which has special virtues prescribed to it. One of those names, ”Al-Mubdi,” or ”The Originator,” can be helpful to a pregnant woman when recited multiple times over her.
Anyone, who while placing his hand on the stomach of his pregnant wife, says this beautiful name of Allah 99 times at Sehri (the pre-dawn time when a Muslim wakes to eat before fasting), neither will she have a miscarriage nor will she deliver prematurely, inshallah (God willing).
Note: One does not have to fast, and it does not have to be during Ramadan when this name is recited. A husband should just be up at that time when he recites this name for his pregnant wife.
3. For the safety of child and mother during pregnancy, and no miscarriage, write a portion of verse 64 of Yusuf and verse 8 of Ar-Rad with saffron and bind it as a tawid around the belly or abdomen of the mother.
But Allah is the best of guardians; and He is the most merciful of the merciful.
Allah knows what every female bears, and that which the wombs fall short (of completion) and that which they exceed. And everything with Him is measured.
4. Pregnancy can be nine joyful months, but it can also be fraught with tension and distress. The following prayer, which comes from a hadith, is recommended to be said to help ease a woman’s labor pains or alleviate any distress she may be feeling:
”O, Allah, there is nothing easy except what You make easy. You can make grief, if You wish, easy.”
5. Perhaps the most crucial time in a pregnancy comes during the birth process. Muslim women recite a number of prayers to help make for a safe delivery. An oft-quoted hadith from Muḥammad ibn ‘Alī al-Bāqir states that a person approached him and said that his wife was in dire health due to the delivery of her child. The imam advised reciting the following prayer:
”And the throes (of child birth) forced her to betake herself unto the trunk of a palm tree. She said, ‘Oh! Had I died ere this, and had been lost in oblivion totally forgotten!’ Then (a voice) called out unto her from beneath her; ‘Grieve not thou, verily Thy Lord hath caused from beneath thee, (to flow) a stream!’ And shale towards thee the trunk of the palm tree it will drop on the dates fresh (and) ripe; And say loudly: Allah has taken you out from your mother’s womb when you were quite ignorant and he endowed you with the sense of hearing, sight and determined for you the ways of thinking so that you should bow in thanks to Him. Let the pains of birth be removed in the similar way: Be removed by permission of Allah.” (From the book Tibbul Aaimma’, which paraphrases the birth story of Isa (Jesus) from Surah Maryam)
As if the birth of a child after nine months of pregnancy isn’t reward enough, Islamic scripture speaks highly of the importance and virtues a pregnant Muslim woman has. According to hadith, it is said that a pregnant woman gets the reward of fasting during the day and doing, ibaadah (worship) during the nights. And when she gives birth, she receives the reward of 70 years of salat (the five daily prayers) and fasting. For each vein that feels pain, Allah gives her the reward of one accepted hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah).