When I say that having children isn’t a priority for me right now. People will often tell me that I am not “complete” until I have kids.
Let me tell you this: I am complete. I do not need a husband or children to make me a complete human being. I am complete. God created me complete.
My reason for existence isn’t for my husband or for my children. There is only one reason for my existence.
To worship Allah.
And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me alone. (Quran 51:56)
Yes, children are a blessing but not everyone will have children. Does that mean those women have incomplete lives than those who have children?
It does not.
People are more than capable of living happily both with and without children. They can also be miserable with or without children. It really depends on how you look at it.
I am happy without children in my life right now. I am happy focusing on my marriage, my career, my health. This notion of being complete once you’re married with children needs to stop.
We should be teaching the youth that they are complete in and of themselves. That they should find themselves before they get married before they have children.
Because getting married or having a child is not a cure for completeness or happiness.
There are many examples of women who lived happy, complete lives; some were married, some were not. Some had children and some did not. The Mothers of the Believers are prime examples of living complete lives even though they didn’t have children.
No-one made them feel as though they were less because they didn’t have children, they weren’t continually told that they NEED to have children. They were celebrated for all that they did and achieved in life.
Maybe we should learn to mind our business and not tell girls and women these toxic messages that to be “complete” they need to get married or have kids. Everyone will have a different path in life and not everyone’s path will include marriage and children.
There are so many reasons as to why women don’t have children some because of a health condition which makes it dangerous or impossible, some out of choice.
Who are we to decide that they need to have children?