Any Restrictions on Pregnant Wife’s Activities?
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Any Restrictions on Pregnant Wife’s Activities?

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Reply Date

Jan 12, 2017

Question

As-salmau `alaykum. My wife is pregnant. We are Indians and a lot of advice is given by the elders on how to take care of one’s wife during this crucial period. One piece of advice concerns the eclipses (lunar, solar). I was advised by somebody that during pregnancy the woman should not venture out in the open nor should she do household work. Is there any Islamic ruling supporting this or is it just another superstition? May Allah reward you for your good work.

Mufti

Answer


Any Restrictions on Pregnant Wife’s Activities?

Wa `alaykum As-Salamu wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

Thanks for your question, which indicates your attempt to adjust your behavior and your wife’s according to the path of Islam.

We would like also to seize this opportunity to supplicate to Allah Almighty to grant your wife a safe delivery.

All Muslim wives are required to assist their husbands and to observe their marital duties towards them as best as they can regardless of whether they are pregnant or not.

There is nothing in Islam that restricts the activities of the pregnant wife just because she is pregnant or because of some common superstitions.

Of course, Islam is the religion of mercy, and the husband should assist his wife in doing the household chores especially when she is pregnant and in need of help.

But to say that the pregnant woman should not venture out in the open or should not do the household work merely because she is pregnant is totally baseless and lacks proper evidence from the Qur’an and the Sunnah.

However, if for a medical reason the doctor or healthcare giver states that a pregnant woman should refrain from walking or standing too much or from doing certain heavy duties, then the husband should help his wife more and she should limit her activity.

With this, he will be applying the teachings of Islam, which encourages husbands to treat their wives kindly.

In this case, he will be interpreting the real meaning of love and mercy clarified in the following Qur’anic verse: “And of His signs is this: He created for you helpmeets from yourselves that ye might find rest in them, and He ordained between you love and mercy. Lo, herein indeed are portents for folk who reflect.” (Ar-Rum 30:21)

Allah Almighty knows best.




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