Hazrat Khadija (RA)

Khadijah or Khadīja bint Khuwaylid or Khadīja al-Kubra (Khadija the great) was the first wife of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). With her acquiescence, courage and devotion, our mother Hazrat Khadija (ra), one of our Prophet’s (saw) greatest supporters, was a role model for all Muslims. She is also called as Mother of Islam.

She belonged to a wealthy family of traders and when her parents died in an early age she took over the family business and became the owner of a successful trade. Even before accepting Islam she did not believe in idol worship and had a strong belief in Oneness of creator. She was known as the Princess of Makkah due to her immense wealth and many Arab nobles wanted to take her as their wife but refused them all. Her first encounter with Prophet happened when he became in charge of her caravan to Syria. The trading caravan was a success   The trading caravan was a great success and when Hazrat Khadija(SA) heard of the Prophet’s skills and excellent conduct, she became his admirer. She sent a proposal for marriage to him which the Prophet accepted gladly. At the time of their marriage Khadijah was 40 while the Prophet was just 25. After the first revelation to Prophet in the cave of Hira, Hazrat Khadijah readily accepted Islam and from then on she started to donate her wealth in the propagation of Islam. She was present during the hardest days of Holy Prophet (PBUH). She never left his side and supported him morally and monetarily.

Hazrat Muhammad (saw) loved Hazrat Khadijah dearly. Even after many marriages of Prophet his love for her never ended. He declared her the best wife among all. This great lady of Islam laid herself to rest on 619 AD on the 10th of Ramzan 3 years before the Hijrah. She was buried in Makkah in a cloak of Holy Prophet (PBUH). Hazrat Abu Talib(AS) died in this year too. The Prophet (PBUH) called the year Aam-ul-Huzn (the year of grief).

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