The Sign Of Providence

Maulana Abul Kalam AzadThe Tarjuman al-Qur’an1968

Take the case of man. The moment he takes his birth, the food that he needs provides itself for him in the exact form that his condition demands, and is provided very close to him. The mother, in the intensity of her affection, hugs him to her bosom, and at the very place the child finds the fountain-head of his means of nourishment. And then look at the manner whereby his graded needs are attended to, calling for a continuous variation in diet. It has to agree with the successive changes in his condition. In the beginning, the stomach of a child is so tender that a highly diluted form of milk, is needed for him. That is why the milk of the mother, even as among other animals, is very thin to begin with. But as the child grows and his stomach becomes stronger as time passes, the milk of the mother gradually thickens; so much so, that as soon as the stage of infancy is over and his stomach develops the capacity to digest the normal food, the breasts of the mother dry up. This is the sign of Providence indicating that the child should no longer depend upon milk, but he should be able to try every other form of food.

“With pain his mother beareth him; with pain she bringeth him forth, and his bearing and his weaning are thirty months.”

Surah: Al-Ahqaf (The Sand Dunes) – Chapter: 46 – Verse: 15