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10th Ramadhan, 1440 AH

16 May 2019

Lady Khadija-tul Kubra (AS)

Name: Bibi Khadija bint-e-Khuwailid (AS)

Title: Umm-ul-Momineen (Mother of Believers)

Agnomen: Tahira (Pure)

Father: Khuwailid ibn Asad 

Mother: Fatima 

Birth: Makkah 

Death: 10th Ramadan 2 years before Hijrah (migration of Holy Prophet (PBUH) from Makkah to Medina), at the age of 65 years. Buried in Makkah

Lady Khadija (AS), the holy wife of The Lord of Prophets, Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and the mother of the Leader of the Ladies of the Worlds, Bibi Fatima Zahra (SA), combined in her person all those attributes, which add up to perfection. Malikatul Arab (Princess of the Arabs, as she was also known as) was the ideal woman, the ideal wife for the Seal of Prophets, Prophet Muhammad (SAWW), and the ideal mother.

Early Life of Bibi Khadija-tul Kubra (SA) 

After the death of Khuwailid, Lady Khadija (AS) took charge of the family business, and as a result, it rapidly expanded. With the profits she made, Lady Khadija (AS) helped the poor, the widows, the orphans, the sick and the disabled. If there were any poor girls, Lady Khadija (AS) married them off and helped them with the dowry money (a custom in the early years in Arabia). Although some family members acted as Lady Khadija (AS)’s advisors on business matters, she trusted her own judgment, yet she still welcomed their advice and considered it. Whenever caravans of the Makkan merchants set out on their journey, the cargo of Lady Khadija (AS) alone was equal to the cargo of all the other merchants of the Quraysh put together. The citizens of Makkah referred to Lady Khadija (AS) as the Princess of Quraysh because she demonstrated the proverbial “golden touch,” which implied that whatever she touched practically turned into gold.

Lady Khadija (AS) had a deep dedication to Islam, love and gratitude to Allah (SWT). She sacrificed all her wealth for Islam and stood by the side of her husband, the Messenger of Islam. Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) did not marry another wife as long as Lady Khadija (AS) lived.

Muhammad ibn Ishaq, the biographer of the Prophet (SAWW), says that when Divine revelation was resumed after its cessation following the first two visits of Gabriel, Lady Khadija (AS) received a tribute and a salutation of peace from Allah (SWT). Gabriel communicated the message to Prophet  Muhammad (SAWW) and when he conveyed it to Lady Khadija (AS), her words were: “Allah is Peace, and from Him is all Peace, and may peace be on Gabriel.”

The Prophet (SAWW) forever remembered Lady Khadija (AS) with love, affection and gratitude. Her death filled his heart with deep pain and sorrow. Lady Khadija (AS) expired on the 10th of Ramadan of the 10th year of the Proclamation of Islam in 619 AH and was laid to rest in Hujun, Makkah-e Mukarramah. The Messenger of Allah himself descended into her grave to lay in it for a few moments. He smoothed the earth on her grave after the burial.

Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) was asked about his wife, the great Muslim lady, Bibi Khadija-tul Kubra (AS) and he replied: “When none believed me, Khadija (AS) did. She made me a partner in her wealth.”

Lady Khadija (AS) stood by the Prophet (SAWW) all the time. In moments of trial and difficulty, the Prophet (SAWW) used to come to her and she consoled and comforted her husband and encouraged him. Lady Khadija (AS)’s wealth was used for the cause of Islam. The Prophet (SAWW) remained busy in preaching Islam and his devoted and loving wife looked after the children and family affairs.

In Makkah, the Quraysh (resident tribe) did all they could to stop the Prophet (SAWW) preaching Islam. Nothing worked. The Prophet (SAWW) continued his mission, relying on Allah. Lady Khadija (AS) was his source of encouragement and comfort. She also had to bear enormous strain and suffering during the boycott at Sha’bi (the valley of) Abu Talib for three years.

The great Muslim lady Bibi Khadija (RA) passed away on 10th Ramadan in the tenth year of Hijrah, 619 AD, at the age of 65. Her death was a great loss to the Prophet (SAWW). He said: 

“I cannot bear the scene, I believe that Allah has kept much good in it.” 

He loved Lady Khadija (AS) so dearly that after her death he used to remember her often. Lady Khadija (AS)’s status was such that the Angel Jibraeel used to bring salam (greetings) for her from Almighty Allah.

Her Marriage: 

The holy matrimony between the Prophet (SAWW) and the noble lady, Bibi Khadija (AS) marked the starting point of great transformations in Islamic history. (Kanzul-Daqaieq, vol. 1, p. 397).

This felicitation and glorious wedlock provided the Prophet (SAWW) with a strong financial backing to withstand the threats and economic sanctions of polytheists and to continue his mission unhindered. Above all, placed a sympathetic pious companion at his side in the difficult course of his Prophetic mission. (Muruj az-Zahab, Vol. 2, p. 284).

Lady Khadija (AS) so earnestly and with such great love and devotion rested full authority of all her wealth on the Prophet (SAWW), to ease the difficulties and release the pressure on new Muslim converts, that Almighty Allah brought her great generosity to the attention of the Prophet (SAWW) with the descending of the following verse of the Holy Quran which says:

“… and found you in poverty and made you free from need.” (Biharul-Anwar, vol. 43, p. 34. Holy Qur’an “Wa Zuha”, Verse 8).

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Lady Khadija (AS)’s Life Together 

Lady Khadija (AS) brought so much dowry into Prophet Muhammad (SAWW)’s house once they were married. No woman in all of Arabia has ever done that. Lady Khadija (AS)’s dowry included slaves, real estate property, pasture lands, herds of camels and horses, flocks of goats and sheep, her personal wardrobe, priceless heirlooms, precious metals and stones, and masses of gold and silver coins. Lady Khadija (AS) wanted everything that belonged to her to also belong to her precious and beloved husband. Lady Khadija (AS)’s dowry, as big as it was, was not a gift from her uncles or siblings. It was all a product from her own hard work. She produced it by her own mentality, intelligence, industry, prudence, and foresight. Although Lady Khadija (AS) had a lot to bring with her, she had other riches to also offer Prophet Muhammad (SAWW). Lady Khadija (AS) gave Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) the richness of her heart and mind. Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and Bibi Khadija (AS) enriched each other lives with their humble hearts, massive minds, and sensational souls. 

From the first day of her marriage, Lady Khadija’s (AS) primary focus was to make her husband’s life happy and pleasant. Lady Khadija (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) had the purest kind of happiness. They had total and complete devotion to their Lord, and with that came a blessed marriage. Lady Khadija (AS) and Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) were not only blessed in finding each other, but also in the children they brought into the world. Their first born child was a boy, Qasim. Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) was called Abul-Qasim (Father of Qasim) as a result. Unfortunately, Qasim died shortly after he was born. Their second son, Abdallah, also, unfortunately, died after birth. Although Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and Lady Khadija (AS) lost two children after birth, they were finally blessed with one last child, Fatimah-az-Zahra (AS), whom of which was the only child that survived. Allah endowed many gifts upon Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) and Lady Khadija (AS), but none of them was as grand as the gift of Fatima (SA). She was their pride and joy. They showered Fatima (SA) with all of their love as she filled their home with hope, virtue, and bliss.

Young Muslim Sisters should know how devoted Lady Khadija (AS) was to her husband and how much she did for him for the cause of Allah. Any Muslim of today would feel proud to have such a wife. The world could be changed by great Muslim ladies like Lady Khadija (AS).

Source :

Bibi Khadija-tul Kubra, A Short Story of Her Life, by Syed A.A Razwy, Published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur’an Publishers and Distributors of Holy Qur’an

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