“The Prophet (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: ‘Whoever supports two little girls until they come of age, will be on the Day of Judgement as close to me as this,’ and he brought two fingers together.” [Muslim]
It wasn’t only fourteen centuries ago that daughters were considered a burden. Many cultures across the globe today also abort female foetuses or make daughters feel unwanted, unworthy and unloved. But Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) highlighted for us that it is the daughters’ proper and compassionate upbringing that is a cause of eternal happiness. They will cling to their parents on the Day of Judgement and plead to Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) that they will not enter Jannah without them. This is why girls are a mercy and special blessing from Allah (subhana wa ta’ala).
The beauty of Islam is that with it Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) shows us how to convert the transitory happiness of this life into everlasting happiness. On the Day of Judgement, the one who is as close to Rasul Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) as two fingers of a hand are together, can only have a happy eternity.