Praise be to Allaah.
Everything that befalls the believer of exhaustion, hardship
or pain expiates his sins, as the Prophet (peace and blessings of
Allaah be upon him) said: “No misfortune or disease befalls a Muslim, no
worry or grief or harm or distress – not even a thorn that pricks him – but
Allaah will expiate for some of his sins because of that.” Narrated by
al-Bukhaari (5642) and Muslim (2573).
This does not mean that a person should look for hardship or
should not try to avoid it, rather every time a person does that which is
easier, he is closer to that which Allaah loves, so long as it is not a sin.
Hence ‘Aa’ishah (may Allaah be pleased with her) said: The Messenger of
Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) was never given the
choice between two things but he chose the easier of them, so long as it was
not a sin. Narrated by al-Bukhaari (3560). And the Prophet (peace and
blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Allaah likes His concessions
(rukhsah) to be taken, as He hates to be disobeyed.” Narrated by Ahmad
(5832) and classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Irwa’ al-Ghaleel
Based on that, there is nothing wrong with using things that
reduce pain in childbirth, or prevent pain altogether. The process of
childbirth is not free of hardship and dangers, and the grace of Allaah is
Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah have mercy on him) was
A woman is saying that she is physically weak, and she gave
birth to a child with difficulty. They gave her some fluid saying that it
would induce labour as her contractions were weak, but with this induced
labour she says that she felt “as if I had lost my mind” and she was very
weakness after the birth, and that weakness lasted for almost a year. She
says that she got pregnant after that with her second child and some people
advised her to go to a special hospital where they gave her an anaesthetic
by injection because she could not bear the induced labour. She also says:
After they gave me the anaesthetic, I did not feel the pain of childbirth
and slept a little.
Is this permissible, O Shaykh? She says that she is three
I hope that you can advise us, may Allaah reward you with
good, because some people have told me that this is not permissible.
He replied (may Allaah have mercy on him):
If the pains of childbirth are too difficult for a woman, and
she takes some permissible medicines to help her cope with that, then there
is nothing wrong with that, and it comes under the heading of enjoying the
blessings of Allaah. Allaah in His kindness, generosity and grace likes His
slaves to enjoy the blessings that He has bestowed upon them, and He likes
to see the effects of His blessing on His slave. Using these medicines in
labour and the like is something that is permissible and there is nothing
wrong with that, because Allaah likes ease for His slaves as Allaah says:
“Allaah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult
for you” [al-Baqarah 2:185]. End quote.
Fataawa Noor ‘ala al-Darb (al-Janaa’iz/al-Ahkaam
With regard to the amount of reward, that is up to Allaah.
And Allaah knows best.