Is this Hadith authentic?
Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) addressed women and said: “Aren’t you pleased that when a woman falls pregnant through her husband and he is happy with her, she will receive a reward equal to a person fasting in the path of Allah and engaging in ‘ibadah at night in the path of Allah? When she experiences labour pains, the things which are kept in store for her and which will provide her with comfort are not known to all those in the heavens and the earth. Thereafter when the child is born, for every drop of milk that he drinks and each time that he sucks her breast, one reward will be recorded in her favour. When the mother has to wake up at night on account of the child, she will receive the reward of freeing 70 slaves in the path of Allah. O Salamah! Do you know who these women are? They are those who are chaste, pious, obedient to their husbands and are not ungrateful to them.”
Imam Tabarani (rahimahullah) has recorded this Hadith.
(Al Mu’jamul Awsat, Hadith: 6729)
However, the Muhaddithun have declared the Hadith a fabrication. It is therefore not suitable to quote.
(Refer: Kitabul Majruhin Minal Muhaddithun, vol. 2 pg. 34, Lisanul Mizan, vol. 6 pg. 209, Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 204, and Al Mudawi, 790)
Also see here.
And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.
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