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The Best Generation [Part two]:Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid (May Allah be pleased with her)

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1. She was known for her noble character, and the people of the Quraish would call her, “The Pure and Chaste One.” 1

2. She was the first woman that the Messenger of Allah (small SAW) married, and he didn’t marry any other woman until she died. 2

3. As a wife, she:

  • Was a suitable companion, trusted counselor and helper,
  • Helped the Prophet (small SAW) during difficult times,
  • Participated alongside him in spreading the message of Islam. 3

4. Ibn Ishaq said: “The Prophet never heard any unpleasant thing from her whenever she talked to him.” 4

5. She gave birth to 2 of the Prophet’s sons and 4 daughters.

2 Sons: Al-Qaasim and ‘Abdullah (At-Taahir /At-Tayyibb)

Both passed away at a very young age.

4 Daughters: Zainab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthoom and Fatimah. (small - radi-allahu-anhum)

They all embraced Islam, married, and migrated to Al-Madeenah 5

6. Khadeejah (small Radi Allahu Anha) was the first woman, or rather the first person, to believe in the Prophet (small SAW). 6 immediately. This is the consensus of the historians and writers of the life history of the Prophet (sallAllahu ‘alayhi wasallam). 7

7. She was also the first person to hear the revealed Verses from the mouth of the Messenger of Allah (small SAW) and the first person to recite the Quran. 8

8. She had invested all her wealth in the cause of Allah. She spent generously spent without making any mention of what she had spent, especially during the years of sanction in the alleys of Abu Talib. 9

9. She also showed kindness to the weak and poor Muslims. She was very generous to them and was really and deservedly entitled to be called ‘Mother of the faithful’. She was the first mother of the faithful in every sense. 10

10. The first person who learned how to pray from the Messenger of Allah (small SAW). 11

11. “Abu Hurayrah (small radi-allahu-anhu) narrated:

“Jibreel came to the Prophet (small SAW) and said: ‘Here is Khadijah coming to you with a bowl of condiment or food or drink. When she comes to you, convey to her the greeting of peace from her Lord and from me, and give her the tiding of a house in Paradise built of Qasab wherein there will be neither any noise nor any fatigue (trouble)”” 12

12. The Prophet (small SAW) remained married to Khadeejah (small radi-allahu-anhu) until she died at the age of 65. 13

13. Her death was one of the saddest experiences of the Messenger of Allah (small SAW). 14

14. One of the ladies of the Quraish, Khawlah bint Hakim, visited the Prophet (small SAW) to console him, and saw his state of depression and grief and remarked on it. He replied it was only natural that he should be touched by her absence, as she had been a loving mother to his now neglected children; she had been a loyal and sympathetic wife who shared his secrets. It was only human and natural that he should feel her loss as she was there for him during his most difficult times. 15

15. The Prophet (small SAW) said about The mother of the believers, Khadeejah(small Radi Allahu Anha);

‘She believed in me while the people disbelieved in me. And she trusted in me while the people belied me. And she helped and comforted me in person and in wealth when the people would not. Allah provided me with children by her, and He did not with others.’ 16

16. In it recorded in Sahīh Muslim from Ā’ishah (small Radi Allahu Anha) that the Prophet (small SAW) used to slaughter sheep and he would say: “Send it to the friends of Khadijah.” So I mentioned this action of his to him one day and he said: “I love those whom she loved.” Do you find any faithfulness that is better than this? Certainly life can’t be more beautiful than the one spent under the shade of Islām but most men do not realize (this). 17

17. The Messenger of Allah (small SAW) said: “The best of the women of Paradise are Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad, Aasiyah bint Mazaahim the wife of Pharaoh, and Maryam bint ‘Imraan – may Allaah be pleased with them.” 18

18. It was narrated from Anas that the Prophet (small SAW) said:

“Sufficient for you among the women of the world are Maryam the daughter of ‘Imraan. Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid, Faatimah bint Muhammad and Aasiyah the wife of Pharaoh.” 19

Khadijah radiyAllahu'anha

  1. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 106
  2.  “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 107
  3. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 108
  4. “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 45
  5. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 107
  6. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 153
  7. “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 43
  8. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 154
  9. “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 45
  10. “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 46
  11. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 154
  12. Reported in the Sahīh of Bukhari and Muslim
  13. “The Noble life of The Prophet, Vol. 1” by Ali Muhammad al-Sallaabee, 2005, p. 110
  14. “Women Around the Messenger”, by Muhammad ‘Ali Qutb, p. 47
  15. “Great Women of Islam”, by Mahmood Ahmad Ghadanfar, p. 30
  16. Musnad Imam Ahmad 6/118
  17. Men and Women Around the Messenger by Sa’d Yusuf Abu ‘Aziz, p. 518
  18. Narrated by Ahmad, 2663. Classed as saheeh by al-Albaani in Saheeh al-Jaami’, 1135
  19. Narrated and classed as saheeh by al-Tirmidhi, 3878
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