They say a woman who gives birth is purified of her sins. Is it true?

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They say a woman who gives birth is purified of her sins. Is it true?

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Labor pains are atonement for sins. Even a slight trouble is a means of atonement for the sins of a believer. Since birth is very painful, it is hoped that it will be a means of atonement for the sins of the mother. However, we cannot make a definite decree that all of her sins are forgiven.

There are hadiths about the virtues of giving birth:

"There are seven kinds of martyrdom other than being killed in the way of Allah: the victim of a plague is a martyr; the one drowned in the sea is a martyr; the one who dies of pleurisy is a martyr; the one who dies of the internal disease is a martyr;  the victim of a fire is a martyr; the one who dies under debris is a martyr; a woman who dies while giving birth is a martyr." (For the hadiths about the martyrs other than war, see Bukhari, Adhan, 32, Jihad, 30; Muslim, Imara, 164; Tirmidhi, Janaiz, 65, Fadailul-Jihad, 14; Ahmad b. Hanbal, I, 22, 23, II, 323, 325)

"A woman who is pregnant is like a soldier on duty until she gives birth and until she stops breastfeeding her baby. If she dies during this period, she receives the reward of a martyr." (see Ahmed GÜMÜŞHANEVİ; Ramuz al-Ahadith)

"When a woman becomes pregnant, she receives the reward of one who fasts, one who worships during the night, and one who fights for Allah with taqwa. And when she has labor pains, Allah grants her so much reward that nobody knows its limit because of its greatness. And when she breastfeeds her child, for every suck of the child, Allah gives her the reward of reviving a person. And when the period of breastfeeding the child is finished, one of the great angels of Allah taps her side and says: ‘Start your deeds afresh.’" (see Ahmed GÜMÜŞHANEVİ; Ramuz al-Ahadith)

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