HAZRAT KHADIJA (RA)

Hazrat Khadija (RA) was born in Makkah in 6th Century. She belonged to the merchant tribe of Makkah. She was the first wife of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH). Hazrat Khadijah (RA) was highly respected among the people of Makkah. She was considered the strongest and most noble lady. The people of Makkah also used to call her “TAHIRA” which means the Pure One.

MARRIAGE OF HAZRAT KHADIJAH (RA) AND HAZRAT MUHAMMAD (PBUH):

In the Quraysh tribe of Mecca, Khadija’s father was a prosperous businessman. She inherited her father’s talents at a time when society was led and ruled by men. After her father’s demise, she took over charge of her father’s business. Hazrat Khadija (RA) was used to the trading business and she was looking for someone whom she can trust for trading her goods to Syria. She was suggested the name of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hazrat Khadija (RA) was a bit aware of the Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) honest and responsible nature so she decided to send Holy Prophet (PBUH) as the charge of the Caravan to Syria. Hazrat Khadija (RA) sent her slave “Maysrah” to help the Holy Prophet (PBUH). After returning from Syria Maysrah told Hazrat Khadija (RA) about the honesty of the Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hazrat Khadija (RA) started admiring Holy Prophet (PBUH) and showed her wish to marry him. She was 40 years old when she married the Holy Prophet (PBUH) who was 25 years old at that time. Abu Talib read the nikkah from Holy Prophet’s (PBUH) side whereas Waraqa Bin Naufal who was the cousin of Hazrat Khadija (RA) read it from her side.

CHILDREN OF HAZRAT KHADIJA (RA) AND HOLY PROPHET (PBUH):

ALLAH (SWT) blessed this couple with 6 children – 2 sons and 4 daughters. The name of their children was: Qasim Ibn e Muhammad, Zainab (RA), Ruqayyah (RA), Umm e Kulsoom (RA), Fatima (RA), and Abdullah (RA). However, the sons of the Holy Prophet died during their childhood.

SERVICES OF HAZRAT KHADIJA (RA):

Hazrat Khadija (RA) dedicated her life and fortune to the cause of Islam. She invested her money in helping the widows, poor and needy people of Makkah. Not only financially but Hazrat Khadija (RA) supported the Holy Prophet (PBUH) through every thick and thin of life mentally, emotionally, and physically. Her intentions and missions were also as same as the Holy Prophet (PBUH) – to spread the religion of Islam and to teach people about the teachings of our religion. When the Holy Quran was revealed for the first time to the Holy Prophet (PBUH), Hazrat Khadija was the first person whom the Holy Prophet told about the revelation and she was there to comfort the Holy Prophet (PBUH) during that time and took Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) to her cousin Waraqa Bin Naufal who told them about the prophethood of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Not only this, Hazrat Khadija (RA) was the first person who accepted the Holy Prophet as the last prophet of ALLAH. Hazrat Ayesha (RA) narrates that the Holy Prophet once stated about Hazrat Khadija (RA) “She believed in me when no one else did, she embraced Islam when people disbelieved me; and she helped and comforted me when there was no one to lend me a helping hand.” The love of Hazrat Khadija (RA) for the Holy Prophet (PBUH) is meritorious. They both lead very happy married life. Hazrat Khadija (RA) spent her money and wealth on the comfort of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) so that he (PBUH) does not have to worry about making money and can devote all his time and energy to spreading the teachings of Islam. Hazrat Khadijah (RA) died on the 3rd of Ramadan 619 A.D, which was before the three years of migration and throughout her life, she stood as a pillar of strength for Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH).

LESSONS LEARNT FROM HAZRAT KHADIJA’S (RA) LIFE:

The life of Hazrat Khadijah (RA) is an example for every human being, especially women. She portrayed herself as a strong and independent woman who even though being financially stable did not wish for any worldly things instead she spent her money for seeking Divine pleasure and helping the needy and poor people of society. She is a living example of loyalty, self-empowerment, and strength. Her characteristics as a wife are a role model for every woman, and the way she supported and comforted The Holy Prophet (PBUH) is commendable. The Holy Prophet (PBUH) due to the marvellous character and nature of Hazrat Khadija (RA) declared her as the best among all the women.
Author : Ayesha Tahir

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