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Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:13 pm

After her marriage to the Holy Prophet (S), Lady Khadija (A) began to lose
interest in her business deals. She settled down happily in her new life as
a wife. Because her business was so large, she could not close it
overnight. Therefore she slowly began to cut down its size. After a few
years, she was no longer a trader, although she was still a very rich lady.
Lady Khadija (A) made it her duty to serve her husband and make him
happy. In this she was very successful. Their marriage was blessed with
happiness and children.
Their first child was Qasim. After his birth, the Holy Prophet (S) was called
Abul Qasim - the father of Qasim - as per the custom of the Arabs. The
second child was also a boy. His name was Abdullah. He was also called
Tahir and Tayyib.
Both boys did not survive very long and died while still very young. These
losses made the Holy Prophet (S) very sad and when his cousin Imam Ali
(A) was born, he brought him up in his house as his own son.
The Holy Prophet (S) used to spend a lot of time in the cave of Hira on a
mountain near Makka. Here he would think about Allah and wonder at His
creations. He would also think about the actions of the people of Makka
and their bad habits made him sad. Sometimes, he would remain in Hira
for a few days before he returned. At these time Lady Khadija (A) would
bring him food and drink and making sure he was comfortable.
When the Holy Prophet (S) was finally commanded by Allah to begin his
mission to preach Islam, Lady Khadija (A) was the first woman to accept
his message and become a Muslim.
She gave her entire wealth to serve the cause of Islam. Her money was
used to buy the freedom of the early Muslims, many of whom were slaves.
Later on, her money also financed the two migrations that the Muslims
made to Abyssinia to escape the cruelties of the Quraish.
As the Holy Prophet (S) continued preaching Islam, many of the Quraish
became his enemies. They began to call him names and insult him. Some
of them called him "Abtar" which means an animal whose tail has been cut
off. By this word they meant that the Holy Prophet (S) had no children who
would inherit him and carry forward his name.
Tareekh Page 5.40
This mockery made the Holy Prophet (S) sad, until Allah revealed the
Suratul Kawthar in reply:
In the Name of Allah, the Most Kind, the Most Merciful
Verily, We have given you (O Muhammad) the Kawthar. So pray to
your Lord and offer sacrifice. Verily, your enemy shall be "Abtar."
(Suratul Kawthar, 108 : 1 – 3)
In these verses Allah promised the Holy Prophet (S) that he would not be
childless, and soon afterwards his last child was born. She was a girl and
he named her Fatima Zahra. Lady Fatima (A) became the mother of our
Holy Imams (A).
Today the descendants of the Holy Prophet (S) are present throughout the
world and they are call Sayyids. They can be identified by their turbans,
which are black or green in colour. However, no one claims to be the
descendants of Umar bin Aas or Abu Sufyan or Abu Jahl or any of the
other enemies of the Holy Prophet (S). This is because of the promise of
Allah in the above Sura, when He said to the Holy Prophet (S) that, "Verily
your enemy will be Abtar."
Lady Khadija (A) was married to the Holy Prophet (S) for 25 years. She
died on the 10th of Ramadhan in 619AD. She is buried in Makka. In the
same year the Holy Prophet (S) lost his uncle, Abu Talib. Saddened by
these two great losses, he called that year "Aamul Huzn", which means
"The Year of Sadness".
While Lady Khadija (A) lived, the Holy Prophet (S) did not marry another
woman he always said that she was the best of his wives.
The Holy Prophet (S) had said that Lady Khadija (A) was one of the four
perfect women who had ever lived. The other three are: Lady Aasiya the
wife of Fir'aun, Lady Maryam the mother of Prophet Isa (A) and Lady
Fatima Zahra (A).
Tareekh Page 5.41
Now you know…
♦ After her marriage, Lady Khadija (A) began to lose interest in her
business and slowly began to close it down. Instead she made it her
duty to serve her husband.
♦ Their marriage gave birth to two sons: Qasim and Abdullah. Sadly,
both sons died at a very young age. Therefore when Imam Ali (A)
was born the Holy Prophet (S) brought him up as his own son.
♦ When the Holy Prophet (S) was commanded by Allah to begin to
preach Islam, Lady Khadija (A) was the first woman to become a
Muslim. She gave her entire wealth to serve the cause of Islam.
♦ As the Holy Prophet (S) began to preach Islam the Quraish began to
insult him and call him “Abtar” which means an animal whose tail has
been cut off. This is because he had no children to inherit him. To
comfort him, Allah revealed Suratul Kawthar.
♦ Allah promised he would not be childless and soon Lady Khadija (A)
gave birth to a daughter Fatima Zahra. She became the mother of the
Holy Imam (A) and her descendants are known all over the world as
♦ However, no one claims to be the descendant of Abu Sufyan or Abu
Jahl (who were enemies of Islam), since Allah said: “Verily your
enemy shall be Abtar.”
♦ After 25 years of marriage Lady Khadija (A) died. In the same year
Abu Talib also died. The Holy Prophet (S) called this year “Aamul
Huzn” – The Year of Sadness.

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