She was the first person to have an abiding faith in the utterances of Nabi (S.A.W) and to accept Islam as her religion and her way of life. She had been used to praying two Rak’as of Salat mornings and evenings with the Prophet (S.A.W), even before it was compulsory. She was blessed with the distinction of having been greeted with Salaam by Allah and Jibra’eel (A.S).
Khadijah was born in Makkah in the year 556 CE. Her mother’s name was Fatimah, and her father’s name was Khuwaylid bin Asad. He was a prosperous businessman. As a result, Khadijah grew up in a wealthy household. She later also became a successful businesswoman in her own right. In addition to her business savvy, Khadijah was known to have good character; often feeding and clothing the poor and assisting her relatives in need. These deeds earned her the title Al-Tahira, the Pure.
She married Abu Halah Malak bin Nabash and bore him two children, Halah and Hind. She later married ‘Atique bin ‘Aith, and bore him a daughter named Hindah. Until Muhammad (S.A.W), her attention was devoted to the upbringing of her children.
Khadijah had heard of Nabi (S.A.W) and sent a job offer to him to head her trading caravans. After witnessing his virtuous character, she thought of proposing marriage to Muhammad (S.A.W).
However, doubt riddled mind. Would He (S.A.W) accept?
One night, she dreamt that the shining sun had descended from the heavens into her courtyard, illuminating her home. She sought the interpretation of this dream from her cousin, Waraqah bin Nawfal, a blind man noted for his skill in interpreting dreams. She was told not to worry. The glorious sun she saw descending into her courtyard indicated that Nabi (S.A.W) was to grace her home and she would gain from his presence in her life.
After this meeting with Waraqah, she became stronger in her desire to marry Muhammad (S.A.W). One of her very close friends, Nafisah bint Manbah offered to approach him on her behalf. Nabi (S.A.W) was then 25 and Khadijah, 40.
Khadijah passed away just three years before the Hijrah. She passed away at the age of sixty-five, having given almost twenty-five years to Muhammad and the cause of Islam. When Muhammad (S.A.W) saw her in the throes of death, he consoled her saying Allah had so ordained it, and that the thing she was dreading, would prove favourable for her.
When she passed away, Nabi (S.A.W) was heartbroken at the loss of a wife who stood by him during the most difficult period of his life.
A’isha (R.A) narrates that whenever Nabi (S.A.W) talked about Khadijah (R.A), it was of high praise. One day her envy overtook her sense of decorum and she spoke in disparaging terms of her, wondering why Nabi (S.A.W) missed her when he was blessed with a better, younger wife by Allah. This displeased him, but forbearing as he was, he just sighed and answered: “I have not yet found a better wife than her. She had faith in me when everyone- even members of my own family and tribe- did not believe me, and accepted that I was truly a Messenger of Allah. She converted to Islam, spent all her wealth and worldly goods to help me spread this faith, and this too at a time when the entire world seemed to have turned against me and persecuted me. And it is through her that Allah blessed me with children.”
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