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baby girl

Ishaq bin Muhammad bin Sabah was one of the prominent leaders in Kufa. His wife once gave birth to baby girl. For this reason, he had become exceedingly sad and refrained from normal intake of food and drink.

When Bahlool came to learn about this, he went to him and said:

"O leader! Why all this sadness and disappointment!!" The reply to this from him was: "I had hoped for the birth of a son but unfortunately my wife delivered a baby girl." Bahlool responded by saying:

"Would you have preferred in place of this beautiful healthy sound baby girl to have an unhealthy and mentally sick or have a son like myself?" The leader on hearing this laughed and expressed his gratitude to Allah, resumed enjoying food and drinking as usual, and allowing people to congratulate him.

The Holy Qur’an has described the strange mentality of those ancient Arabs who hated to see the birth of girls in their homes:

"And when a daughter is announced to one of them his face becomes black and he is full of wrath." (16:58) "He hides himself from the people because of the evil of that which is announced to him. Shall he keep it with disgrace or bury it (alive) in the dust? Now surely evil is what they judge." (16:59)

Taken from the book “The Moral Stories (Part 2)”‌‌‌‌‌‌‌‌

Author: Ahmed .H. Sheriff

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