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The baby Package- by Tehseen Khateeb (QI2016)

Imagine you’re headed for a party and every one of the guests is required to bring along a gift with them. All the gifts will be collected together and then exchanged. So, each of the guests will go home with a different gift than their own.

So now, in your party preparation, you also set out to purchase a gift. Something inexpensive but nice, wrapped up prettily with a ribbon and a bow, and you’re good to go.

When you get to the party though, you come to know that some guests have spent a lot more than you, while some a lot less, and a few have even forgotten to bring in a gift at all! How will the exchange be done now?

And so it happens, all the gifts are exchanged and while some guests who receive the expensive beautiful gifts are thrilled, others who receive gifts worth a lot less than their own purchases are not.

But the most disappointed are surely the ones who didn’t get anything at all even though they had brought in gifts, because of the few guests who had not.

Surely, this whole set up is not fair, right? I mean the guest who got 400 dirham branded shoes is over the moon, while the one who got a packet of plain black hair bands looks simply confused. The ones going home empty handed are either silent with shock and hurt, or angrily vocal about the injustice done. What a strange situation to be in… how should you react?

Now, imagine the same scenario with pregnant women. They are happy in anticipation, nervous but excited and eating foods they’ve never had in their lives before. They all put in the nine months of carrying their baby, sometimes a little less, and sometimes a little more. They take care, take medication, suffer through the morning sickness at least; or go through very serious complications combined with instructions of constant bed rest at most. While some pregnant women, even breeze through their pregnancy term by comparison.

The delivery though is painful, but all the to-be-mothers go in to the labour ward drawing strength from the fact that after this extreme pain they will receive a beautiful gift in exchange, a baby. All their suffering and waiting will finally be rewarded. But, that’s not always the case is it?

Yes, normally you come out of the labour room with a healthy happy bundle of joy, exceeding all your expectations of how absolutely adorable a new born can be. One look at that baby, and you’re in love… No, more in love because you were already in love with them for the last many months. You have the most beautiful baby in the world afterall! But sometimes, that’s not how the story goes.

You might have a baby who isn’t healthy or isn’t ‘perfect’ physically or mentally, as you had hoped, as you had been led to believe by all your well wishers, or he/she just isn’t the ‘right’ gender for you. You really wanted a girl, but it’s a boy. Your family has no history of genetic abnormalities but your baby has an extra toe! How? You’re an intelligent person but your baby has part of his brain missing? What?!! How did this happen? You question everything! Why did this happen to you? You did everything right! Why should you be the one to go home with the plain black hair bands? Why should your baby be the one who will never go to a regular school? Why?!!

But consider this… there is a smaller group of mothers who don’t actually become mothers when they exit that labour room. Not technically, no. They are the ones who go home empty handed. No giggling baby in their arms, just a tiny little body to bury while the tears fall and they silently feel their flattened belly where only yesterday was their sweet baby boy.

Much like the gifts exchanged at the party, motherhood doesn’t always come in the package you expect. Yes, most people do go home with a lovely gift. But not everyone. So what do you do? Do you react like the disappointed guests at the party? Upset? Angry? Questioning everything? or accept the situation with patience, for the One who gives is the same One who takes back. Everything belongs to Him, even your baby.

Just like you don’t know what you will find in that beautifully wrapped gift box, you never know what kind of baby package you will be assigned. The key is to take what you get or don’t get, and work with it in the best possible manner.

May be you lost your baby, or he/she is not ‘perfect’ as people perceive in this world, but with patience and by the Mercy of Allah (subhaanahu wa ta’ala) you can meet their perfect versions in paradise.

Jannah, that is where you will meet your children. insha'Allah

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