Mulla Juzar Shk Yusuf Noorani
Rasulallah (s.a.w.) grew up in his loving uncle’s house, after the death of his grand father, blossoming into a handsome youth of exceptionally good character, which marked him out from rest of the young Meccans. He soon began to assist Molana Abu Talib (as) in trade and commerce and once accompanied his uncle’s trading caravan to Syria, ably revealing his talents and integrity. His acquaintance with Buhaira al-Rahib during this historic journey is a notable fact.
His honesty and reputation soon preceded him. One of the wealthiest and noblest Quraishite women, Khadija binte Khuwailid bin Abdul Uzza bin Qusai bin Kilab (Note that, Maulana Qusai is the great grand father of Rasulallah SA) and her cousin Nawfal had the knowledge of a Prophet to come amongst the Arabs and were awaiting to accept the message from Allah. Signs of Prophethood were clearly seen in the character and appearance of Rasulallah (s.a.w) and therefore Khadija (a.s) sent to Mohammed (s.a.w) asking him to trade her merchandise for her. He accepted Khadija’s offer and was entrusted with some money, with which he busied himself in commerce. He again travelled to Syria with the merchandise of Khadija (a.s) and made great and extarordinary profits for her during the trip, which declared the Barakat of Nabi Saheb (s.a.w). Khadija had sent one of her slaves Maysara with him, who later reported to her the miraculous events he had witnessed during the entire journey.
Naturally Khadija was pleased and soon came to admire Mohammed’s (s.a.w.) intelligence and honesty. Her belief in Mohammed (s.a.w) grew even more firm, that he was the chosen one (Mustafa) and the Last of all Messengers. Eventually, she proposed her hand in marriage, which was accepted by him.
The Khutbah of Nikah was recited by Molana Abu Talib (as) in one of the most eloquent and sweetest of words that declare the position of Rasulallah (s.a.w) and the lofty status of Maulana Abu Talib himself.
Mohammed (s.a.w.) thus married Khadija and they lived a harmonious life full of love, co-operation and sincerity, sharing each other’s joys and sorrows. They formed a perfect husband and wife pair, the likeness of which is something rare in human history. When finally the Divine Message was revealed to Mohammed (s.a.w.), the time long awaited had arrived and the devout Khadija at once believed in her husband without ever expressing the slightest doubt. She was the first among women to accept Islam and subsequently put all her vast wealth and property at the Prophet’s disposal for the spread of truth and justice.
Khadija binte Khuwailid was from the Quraish tribe and was born and grew in Mecca. Even in the days of Jahiliya she was known among the Quraish women
for her nobleness of character and virtue, that is why she was called by the Meccans as Tahera’ the pure’. She married Mohammed (s.a.w.), 15 years before revelation came to him from Allah. As long as she was alive the Prophet never took a second wife and even in later years of his life after numerous marriages, he used to cherish her loving memory and refer to her as the most beloved of his spouses. She endured with him hunger, poverty and calamities inflicted by the Meccan Mushrikeen (polytheists). She bore Mohammed (s.a.w.) seven children, 3 sons all of whom died in infancy and four daughters, the eldest of them being Qasim, from whom the Prophet’s Kunya’ (agnomen)’ Abul Qasim’ is derived. Rasulallah (s.a.w) was given the happiness of children from Molatena Khadija (a.s) only, except for Ibrahim who was born of Maryah al-Qibtiyah. The Prophet had no children from his other wives.
Finally in the tenth year of the Prophetic mission, shortly after the small Muslim community quarantined by the heathens in Shi’ab Abu Talib had come out of that valley, Khadija breathed her last. It was a great tragedy for the Prophet. The year is known as the ‘Year of Grief’ in history because the Prophet suffered a further blow that year losing that other great benefactor, his uncle Abu Talib (a.s). Umme Salamah Rasulallah’s (s.a.w) wife recalls that “Whenever the we talked about Khadija (a.s) the Prophet used to weep and exclaim “May Allah Bless Khadija, will there be anyone like her! She trusted me when people falsified me, she supported me with all her wealth and bore patience when the women-folk of Quraish boycotted her, indeed she is one of the greatest ladies in this world.”
A saying commonly known and related by all historians is that: “The foundations of Islam in its early stages were erected by the wealth of Khadija and the sword of Ali ibne Abi Talib (a.s).” Indeed the prophet was supported and help on every stage of his Dawat towards Allah and the spread of Allah’s message by these two revered personalities who were the first to embraced Islam.
Reference: Sharhul Akhbar Vol. 2 & Muntaza al-Akhbar Vol. 1.