Some Sabi (i.e. war prisoners, children and woman only) were brought before the Prophet. A woman amongst them was milking her breasts to feed. And whenever she found a child amongst the captives, she took it over her chest and nursed it (she had lost her child but later she found him).
The Prophet said to us, “Do you think that this lady can throw her son in the fire?” We replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).”
The Prophet then said, “Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this lady to her son.”
The birth of the first child is always a revolutionary event in a parent’s life. I became father of a boy at the age of 21, one and a half year after marriage. My son became the purpose of everything I treasured. The intensity of love and affection towards him kept multi-multiplying with each passing moment. His smile became the most sought after thing in the whole universe, and his uttering ‘Baba’ (papa) for the first time will always be ingrained on my mind (In fact this is the first word I always wanted to hear from each child of mine). I started taking little notice of my own goals whatsoever in life, and my whole of concentration settled upon Azaan. It was like I had been given a new life to thank Almighty once again for such a beautiful blessing in addition to all the blessings bestowed upon me before.
Now I have 4 kids, and the birth of each one brought about a new life and a renewed faith in me. Their existence have made me realize that God loves His creation the same way as we do, that just as we so passionately want our kids to grow and become successful human beings, God also wants us to prosper. He wishes a peaceful and a happy life for us the same way we want for our kids. I feel the same love for all of my children. They make mistakes, cross the lines, break promises and even disobey, but the moment they say they are sorry, I forgive them out of unconditional love that God has instilled in my heart. Though they are just kids, even grown up adults also cross the lines and parents even disown them for the time being, but they never leave them on their own and do whatever they can to bring the kids back on right track. The relationship between The Creator and the Creation is that of a Parent and a Child. God created us and provided for us everything, told us the right way and the wrong way and ensured us of His infinite love and mercy whenever we seek them. Admittedly a mother’s love is stronger than a father’s for their kid, and then I begin to wonder about the intensity of the seventy times of that love.