Here is the second part of the notes relating to pregnancy and labor from a recent lesson with Sayyidi al-Habib `Umar bin Hafiz. Again, only the English is posted, but the PDF with the Arabic test is posted at the end.
I am often asked about athkar and dua that should be made in pregnancy. I generally refer people to their religious teachers, as there are very few agreed upon practices directly attributed to the Quran or to the Prophet, may the peace and blessings of God be upon him.
This list was recently made available, taken from Sayyid Habib Umar bin Hafiz, may Allah preserve him. It was compiled by one of his students and a request was made to share it publicly.
About a month ago (sorry, this took awhile) I wrote an article on IUDs and how they work. I have since searched around for opinions on the IUD from scholars both locally and internationally. The question of whether or not the IUD is haraam or halaal comes down to a few important issues
1. What defines the start of a pregnancy?
2. What are the conditions of using reversible contraception?
3. What ruling do you take on interrupting a pregnancy (elective abortion)?
This is slightly different then most my articles. I ran across these in an unexpected place, but found great comfort in them as I am still nursing my 10 month old. They are sound traditions and so I felt I should share them, for any women currently pregnant, laboring, or nursing--that you too may find some comfort in your struggles:
First of all, congratulations! Pregnancy is an exciting time for a woman as her body goes through the changes of each trimester. At the same time, pregnancy puts a lot of strain on a woman's body. And then, the blessings of Ramadan are upon you....and you're nauseated!During winter months, when the day is 10-12 hours, fasting is not as concerning an issue as it is during the summer months. Of course, nutrition and hydration are always important in pregnancy, but a 10 hour fast is not that much longer than the recommended 8 hours of sleep at night (for which we don't give women any guidelines). Nor is it much longer than the required 8 hour fast before the glucose test for diabetes that we ask all women to do at the end of their second trimester. So really, the question is about fasting long, hot days.