It is not by accident that pregnancy and nursing are purely
feminine tasks. Allah has given women the special talents and psychological makeup needed
to take care of the children. There is no substitute for mother's milk or mother's love.
No one can extract and bottle motherly compassion. Her patience, kindness, willingness to
sacrifice her own comforts, and her natural affinity for children -- and the children's
natural affinity for the mother-- are the key to successful upbringing of children. A
mother understands the children's problem even when they cannot express it. She can
uniquely sense their needs, both physical and emotional.
In a way their role is like that of the archer's in the battle of
Uhud. It looked less important, but was the key to the fate of the entire army. If women
hold on to their front, the entire army will succeed. If they leave it for "greater
action" elsewhere, everyone will lose.