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 falling pregnant, 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 Salamat! Do you know who these women are? They are those who, despite being pious and delicately brought up, are obedient to their husbands and are not ungrateful to them.” Rasulullah sallallahu alayhi wa sallam said: “When a woman gives anything in charity from her husband’s house without destroying it, she will be rewarded on account of her giving. The husband will also be rewarded because it is his hard-earned money. The person who has been entrusted to distribute the charity will also receive a similar reward. No one’s reward will decrease on account of the other.” Lesson: A woman should not be under the misconception that if the income is the husband’s she would not receive any reward. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “O women! Your jihad is performing hajj.” Lesson: Look at the concession that he has given. That is, by performing hajj , in which they do not have to bear the difficulties of jihad, they receive the reward of waging jihad which is the most difficult form of ‘ibadah. Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam said: “There is no jihad on women, no jumu’ah, nor do they have to accompany the janazah.” Lesson: Here again, look at the rewards that they receive by merely staying at home. When Rasulullah sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam took his wives on hajj, he said to them: “This hajj is sufficient for you. Now you must remain on your mats (i.e. in your homes).” Lesson: This means that they should not undertake any journey without any dire need to do so.