An unreliable virtue of childbirth

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by

Is this Hadith authentic?

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said:

“Each time a woman breastfeeds her child/[gives birth] she receives the reward of freeing a slave”



The Muhaddithun have declared this Hadith unreliable. ‘Allamah ibn ‘Arraq (rahimahullah) states, ‘I have no doubt that this narration is a fabrication.’

(Tanzihush Shari’ah, vol. 2 pg. 211)


The narration is not suitable to quote. Also see here.


Note: The narration is recorded in Kitabul Majruhin and Al Kamil with the words

‘فلها بكل وضعة عتق نسمة’

and not

‘فلها بكل رضعة عتق نسمة’

(Kitabul Majruhin, vol. 1 pg. 288, Al Kamil, vol. 3 pg. 514)


And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar

This answer was collected from The answers were either answered or checked by Moulana Haroon Abasoomar (rahimahullah) who was a Shaykhul Hadith in South Africa, or by his son, Moulana Muhammad Abasoomer (hafizahullah), who is a Hadith specialist. 

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