Shahid Afridi believes it’s mostly because of men women feel they’re obliged to have a son

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The Cricket legend, Shahid Afridi, believes that it’s primarily because of men that women feel they are obliged to have a son in the family.

In a recent interview with SAMAA TV, the father of five daughters affirmed his love for his little girls regardless of what society has to say.

Shahid said, “Although I am mostly travelling, I try my best to spend time with my daughters on Eid. I feel blessed to have seen how my life changed with every one of my daughters.”

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Speaking about social pressure to have a son, the former cricket captain asserted that he is against those men who wish for a son and don’t celebrate their daughters. He called out the practices people resort to, like wearing amulets and whatnot.

“It is prevalent among us Pathans too, amulets and all. Though I think there is a special bond between fathers and daughters.”

Shahid Afridi even revealed how his wife used to feel they should have a son at first. However, when she saw him treating his daughters with the same love and affection, she didn’t worry anymore.

He added, “It is mostly because of men that women feel they should have a son. My wife knows I am happy with my daughters and love them a lot, so she is content.”

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  • He is right, but as a Muslim its our belief that Daughtersare indeed a blessing.
    I will share a few Ahadeeth relating to the blessing that daughter bring for us in this world.

    1. Narrated Abdullah ibn Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him):

    The Prophet (pbuh) said:

    If anyone has a female child, and does not bury her alive, or slight her, or prefer his male children to her, Allah will bring him into Paradise. (Ahmad, authenticated by Al-Hakim, graded Hasan by Ahmad Shakir)

    2. Jabir ibn Abdullah (may Allah be pleased with him) reported that the Prophet (pbuh) said:

    Whoever has three daughters and he accommodates them, show mercy toward them, and supports them, Paradise is definitely guaranteed for him.

    Thus, someone asked the Prophet, what if they are two daughters only

    He replied, “[He gets that reward,] even if they are [only] two.“

    Some of those present believed that had the Prophet been asked about only one daughter, he would have answered that the reward was applicable too. (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

    3. Aishah (May Allah be pleased with her) reported:

    A woman came to me with her two daughters. She asked me (for charity) but she found nothing with me except one date-fruit, so I gave it to her.

    She [accepted it and then] divided it between her two daughters and ate nothing out of it. Then, she got up and went out.

    When the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) came in, and I narrated to him the story, he said,

    4. Uqbah ibn Aamir narrated, I heard the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) say:

    “Whoever has three daughters and is patient towards them, and feeds them, gives them to drink, and clothes them from his wealth; they will be a shield for him from the Fire on the Day of Resurrection.” (Authenticated by Al-Albani)

    5. Anas (May Allah be pleased with him) reported:

    The Prophet (pbuh) said,

    “Whoever supports two girls till they attain maturity, he and I will come on the Day of Resurrection (close to each other) like this –The Messenger of Allah joined his fingers to illustrate closeness.” (Muslim)

    These are just examples of how Islam cared for girl children. The care mentioned in these hadiths and others is comprehensive. It covers the girls’ physical, emotional and mental needs.


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