Hazrat Khadeeja (R.A) bint Khuwailid

by | Sep 4, 2012

Early life

Hazrat khadija(Razi-allah-anha) was beloved wife of prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم).As she was born in Makkah in the year 556CE. She was Daughter of Khuwailed bin Asad and Fatima binte Zaida and Her lineage meets the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)‘ lineage four generations earlier at Qassa. Khuwailid was respected among his tribe and settled in Makka Mukarrama. Hazrat khadeeja (Razi-Allah-Anha) was born 15 years before the Aa’mul Feel (Year of the Elephants). She earned the title of ‘Tahira’ due to pure character. Her first marriage was done with Abu Hala bin Banash tameemi, but unfortunately he passed away. Sometime later, the young widow married Ateeq bin Aabid Makhzum and one daughter Hinda was born from him. But this marriage soon broke-up on grounds of incompatibility.

Khadija as successful Business Women:

Her Father killed in Harbul Fujjar (Battle of the Fujjar). She had no one to do the trading so Hazrat Khadija(Razi-allah-Anha) hired people to trade for her. Her policy was to employ hardworking, honest and discriminating managers to deal on her behalf. She was very successful as business women. She exported her goods to far-away markets like Syria and her managers bought goods from those markets to be sold at home. Makkah was center of international trade fairs and was a very profitable market for the goods brought back. The managers would get 50% of the profit and this was enough incentive for them.

Best tradesman selected for her by Allah (subhanuhu wataalaa)

Hazrat khadeeja (Razi-allah-anha) heard of prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم)’s reputation amongst the people of Quraish as being Al-Sadiq (the truthful) and Al-Ameen (the trustworthy). She asked him to lead her trade caravan to Syria and offered him twice as much commission as she had offered others. Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم)  accepted her offer and proceeded to Syria with Hazrat khadeeja (Razi-allah-anha)’s old and trusted slave Maysara. The trip proved to be a fruitful one, and resulted in double the profits as those made in previous years. Maysara related to Hazrat Khadija (Razi-allah-anha) the impeccable behavior of Prophet (SWS), his wisdom in his dealings, his honesty and virtuous character that he observed on the trip.

Marriage to Prophet Muhammad (R.A)

Hazrat Khadija (Razi-Allah-Anha)’s excellent reputation, virtuous character, high status and wealth had earned a desire in the hearts of the men of Quraish to marry her. But she was so impressed by the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم)’s character that she sent a proposal of marriage to him through her friend Nafeesa.  The nikah was conducted at Hazrat Khadija (Razi-Allah-Anha)’s house, by Abu Talib, in the presence of close relatives of both the husband and wife.

Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم) was 25 and Hazrat Khadeeja(رضي الله عنها) was 40 at that time. Haleema sa’adia who nursed the Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم) in his infancy was especially invited for the wedding. When she left after the festivities, khadija offered her with house hold goods, a camel and forty goats as an expression of gratitude to the lady who had taken such good care of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) in his infancy.

Life after Marriage to Prophet Muhammad(PBUH)

Khadija was very blessed and already momina, rejected idolatry. She loved Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) immensely and even though she had slaves at her disposal, she would always serve him herself.
She had  6 children, first two sons then followed the daughters, Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm-kulthum, Fatima (رضي الله عنهم).
The hadeeth mentioned in Al-Bukhari shows how Hazrat Khadija (رضي الله عنها) supported Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم ) on time of first revelation  when no one else did, how she consoled him in his time of need and further helped him understand what had happened by taking him to Waraqa(her cousin).
Hazrat Khadija (رضي الله عنها) used to pray in secrecy along with Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) when it had not been made Farz (obligatory).

Major Benefactor to Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم)

When Islam had just awakened, Hazrat Khadija (رضي الله عنها) proved to be a major benefactor to Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم):

Her high reputation and status resulted in the unbelievers reducing their torture on Prophet (SWS). When they did torture him, she used to console him by telling him how their tactics are so weak and will not affect Prophet (SWS).

Shi’b-e-Abi Talib:

The Quraish drove out the entire family of Prophet (SWS) in the 7th year of prophet hood outside of Makkah Mukarrama where they lived for 3 years in a dismal state. Their food supplies soon finished and the adults were reduced to eating leaves from trees.

At that time, Hazrat khadeeja (رضي الله عنها)’s relatives send food supplies to them secretly. On one such occasion her nephew was taking some supplies to Hazrat Khadija (رضي الله عنها) when Abu Jahl tried to stop him. A man saw what was happening, and even though he was an unbeliever. he told Abu Jahl to let the nephew go and asked him not to stop a nephew from helping out his Aunt.

Even at this difficult time, Harat Khadija (رضي الله عنها)’s became the reason of comfort and ease for Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) and his family.

Hazrat khadeeja (رضي الله عنه) passed away in the 10th year of Prophet-hood at the age of 65.

She Lived for 25 years with Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم). When Prophet Muhammad(PBUH) saw her in the throes of death he consoled her saying. Allah had so ordained it, and the thing she was dreading, would prove favorable for her. Her eyes lit up as she gazed her beloved husband and her soul left it earthly body. Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم) himself lowered her in her grave in  Hujjoon, near Makkah.

Distinct Qualities

We Know that She was first wife of Prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم) and he had no other wife during her lifetime. She bore all surviving children to prophet Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وسلم). She left the idol ship before the prophet hood…

“Let Laat be, Let Uzza be..”.She was the first to hear Quran from the tongue of Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم).

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) had a special place for Khadija(R.A)

His one companion narrates that whenever any gift brought to him. He would immediately send it to some lady who was a friend of Hazrat khadeeja (رضي الله عنها). Aisha (رضي الله عنها), a favorite wife of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) says that whenever a goat slaughtered, the prophet
Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would send some meat to khadija’s friends. When she remarked about this on one occasion he told her,

“I’ve great regard for her friends, as she has a special place in my heart.”

Beloved wife Aisha (R.A) reported,(It is) Khadija only who prevails on your mind. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said:

“Her love had been nurtured in my heart by Allah Himself.”

Allah (subhanuhu wataalaa) also pleased with her:

“The best of the women of her time was Maryam and the best of the women of her time was Khadija.”

It is related that Abu Hurayra said,

“Jibril came to the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, and said, ‘O Messenger of Allah, this is Khadija who is coming with a dish containing soup, food or a drink. When she comes to you, give her the greeting from her Lord and from me and give her the good news of a palace of jewels in Paradise, in which there is no noise and no toil.'”

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