The Love Of The Mother For The Child
Maulana Abul Kalam Azad – The Tarjuman al-Qur’an – 1968
Look further at the system of Providence! As the child grows in years, the love of the mother for the child instinctively or gradually diminishes in intensity and a time comes when, though this feeling does not completely die out as among the lower animals, there is a distinct subsidence in its warmth. Why should it be so? Why is that the moment the child is born, this great feeling of motherly love takes a sudden rise, and why, having lasted for some time, it gradually subsides? This is so because such is the working of the principle of Providence, such the condition of its existence. Providence desires that the child in its helpless state should be nourished by others. It has therefore fixed the feeling of love in the mother as a motive force for the child’s nourishment. When the child has reached a stage when it no longer needs the careful attention of the mother, the need for it also does not remain. In fact, its continuance will cause unnecessary strain to the mother and hinder the child’s development. It is only at the infant stage that the child needs tender nursing. That is why the love of the mother is intense at such a stage. But as the child advances in years, the need for external aid of every kind diminishes. There is, no doubt, that the mother’s love keeps the grown-up man continuous company. But this has only a social value. It is no longer that instinctive care for him as it was in his infancy.