Lady Khadija al-Kubra (r) the beloved wife of our holy Prophet (s) the First Lady of Islam. 10 Ramadan was her death anniversary.
We remember this exceptional lady for her steadfast support of the Prophet s) and his mission. She continues to be a great inspiration and role model for any woman to look up to even today.
Khadija (r) was the daughter of Khuwaylid, belonging to the clan of Banu Hashim of the tribe of Banu Asad. She was a distant cousin of Prophet Muhammad (s). She was one of four greatest and exceptional ladies in the entire history of the world whom the Prophet (s) identified as: Asiya, the wife of Pharaoh, Maryam, the mother of Prophet Isa (a), Khadija (s) the daughter of Khuwaylid, and Fatima al-Zahra (r), the daughter of the Prophet (s).
Khadija (r) was born in 565 CE and died in 620 CE. Although the society into which Khadija was born was terribly male chauvinistic, Khadija earned two titles: Ameerat Quraish, Princess of Quraish, and at-Tahira, the Pure One, due to her flawless personality.
She fed and clothed the poor especially orphans who sought refuge in her house and she became known as Ummul Yatama or the mother of orphans.
Khadija (r) was an enterprising and intelligent businesswoman, the CEO of her own company. She employed Prophet Muhammad (s) as her agent to Syria and he returned with exceptional profits. Upon learning of his outstanding manners and excellent morals, her heart was captivated and she took the step of proposing to the Prophet (s) for marriage, although this was not the custom at that time.
Khadija (r) never believed in nor worshipped idols and she immediately believed in the Prophet (s), supported his mission and was the first woman to embrace Islam. She offered her vast finances to the Prophet (s) who invested Khadija’s wealth for Islam. There has never been a better investment in the entire history of mankind and it’s still paying dividends to this day. This support raised her status high in the eyes of the Prophet (s) and the Pleasure of Allah.
History records that Prophet Muhammad (s) frequently expressed his deep love and admiration about Khadija (r) and he preferred her over all his other wives.
Khadija (r) and Prophet Muhammad (s) were not only blessed in finding each other, but also in the children they brought into the world. Their sons Qasim and Abdullah (also called Tahir) died in their infancy.
Hurt by the taunts of the unbelievers, the couple receive consolation from Allah Himself by the divine revelation of Sura Kawthar (Abundance) Chapter 108 Holy Quran with the promise of abundance indicating the birth of their last child, Fatima-Zahra (r) a daughter who lived to adulthood bringing with her the greatest blessings of God into their home and for mankind.
In 616 CE the Quraish declared a trade and marriage boycott against the Hashim clan with harsh economic sanctions that lasted 3 years.
Lady Khadija and Prophet’s uncle Abu Talib were both fatally affected and they passed away within a few months of each other at the end of the boycott period. The year of their death is called “The Year of Sorrow”, (Aam-ul-Huzn) in 620 CE.
Once these two great protectors of the Prophet(s) were gone, he was in real danger of being assassinated. Allah commanded the Prophet to migrate away from Mecca. This was the Hijra to Medina and the beginning of the second part of Prophet’s (s) life and establishment of the first Islamic state.