In the the translation of Bukhari Volume 8, Book 73, Number 28, Umar ibn Al-Khattab narrates, “Some Sabi (i.e. war prisoners, children and women only) were brought before the Prophet and behold, a woman amongst them was milking her breasts to feed and whenever she found a child amongst the captives, she took it over her chest and nursed it (she has lost her child but later she found him) the Prophet said to us, “Do you think this lady can throw her son in the fire?” We replied, “No, if she has the power not to throw it (in the fire).” The Prophet then said, “Allah is more merciful to His slaves than this lady to her son.” This frantic mother had lost her child and was looking for him in a crowd. Could you imagine her agony as she put each child to her breast to see if it was her son? Alhamdulilah, she eventually found her child. The sahaba knew such a mother would never do anything to harm her child. By this example, the Prophet (saws) illustrated the tremendous love and mercy of Allah (swt) for His believers, which is significantly superior to the bond between a mother and child.
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