||Sayyidah Khadijah (RA)
"When none believed me, Khadijah (RA) did. She made me a partner in her wealth."
Those are the words of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam)
about his wife the great Muslim lady, Hazrat `Khadija-tul-Kubra' (RA).
Khadijah (RA), married the Holy Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) when she
was 40 and he was 25. They had six children: two sons, Qasim and Abdullah (also
known as Tahir and Tayyib), and four daughters: Zainub, Ruqaiyyah, Umm Kulthum
and Fatimah (Radhiyallahu-Anhum-Ajmaeen).
Khadijah (RA) lived with the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) for 25 years
and was his only wife during that time. When the revelations came from Allah and
Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) was made the Last Prophet, it was Khadijah
(RA) who accepted the faith and became the first Muslim. She was 55 years old at
that time. Her acceptance of Islam greatly helped its spread among the Makkans.
She stood by the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) all the time. In moments
of trial and difficulty the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) used to come to
her and she consoled and comforted her husband and encouraged him. Khadijah's
(RA) wealth was used for the cause of Islam. The Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam)
remained busy in preaching Islam and his devoted and loving wife looked after
the children and family affairs.
The Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) and Khadijah (RA) had many sorrows.
they had to bear the death of their sons Qasim and Abdullah (Radhiyallahu-Anhum)
in their infancy and in the fifth year of Prophet hood (Hijrah) their daughter
Ruqaiyyah (RA) left them and migrated to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) with her Husband,
Hazrat Uthman bin Affan (Radhiyallahu-Anhu). Ruqaiyyah (RA) left her parents at
a very young age and returned after four years; that time was a long and painful
separation for her parents, Khadijah (RA) and Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam).
During the Prophet hood, the Quraish did all they could to stop the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam)
preaching Islam. Nothing worked. The Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam)
continued his mission, relying on Allah. Hazrat Khadijah (RA) was his source of
encouragement and comfort. She also had to bear enormous strain and suffering
during the boycott at Sha'bi (the valley of) Abu Talib for three years.
The great Muslim lady Khadijah (RA) passed away on 10th Ramadhan in the tenth
year of Prophethood, 620 CE, at the age of 65 three years before Hijrah was
made. Her death was a great loss to the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam). He
"I cannot bear the scene, I believe that Allah has kept much good in it."
He loved Khadijah (RA) so dearly that after her death he used to remember her
often. Hazrat Khadijah's (RA) status was such that the Angel Jibraeel (Alayhis-Salaam)
used to bring salaam (greetings) for her from Almighty Allah.
Young Muslim Sisters should know how devoted Khadijah (RA) was to her husband
and how much she did for him for the cause of Allah. Any Muslim of today would
feel proud to have such a wife. The world could be changed by great Muslim
ladies like Hazrat Khadijah (RA).
Article taken (with Thanks)
from Darul-uloom Bury