Those are the words of our Holy
Prophet Muhammad (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam) about his wife the great
Muslim lady, Hazrat `Khadija-tul-Kubra' (R.A).
Khadijah (R.A), 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
Khadijah (R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A)
left them and migrated to Abyssinia (Ethiopia) with her Husband, Hazrat
Uthman bin Affan (Radhiyallahu-Anhu). Ruqaiyyah (R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A)
passed away on 10th Ramadhan in the tenth year of Hijrah, 620 CE, at the
age of 65. Her death was a great loss to the Prophet (Sallallahu-Alayhi-Wasallam).
"I cannot bear the scene,
I believe that Allah has kept much good in it."
He loved Khadijah (R.A) so dearly
that after her death he used to remember her often. Hazrat Khadijah's
(R.A) 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 (R.A) 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 (R.A).