LADY KHADIJA (A) - PART 1

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LADY KHADIJA (A) - PART 1

Post by ILMAdmin on Fri Feb 16, 2007 3:14 pm

CLASS 5 - LESSON 12
LADY KHADIJA (A) - PART 1
Lady Khadija (A) was the first wife of the Holy Prophet (S) and the mother
of Lady Fatima (A). She was born in Makka. Her father's name was
Khuwaylid bin Asad and he was a wealthy trader.
When her father died, Lady Khadija (A) continued his business of sending
trade caravans to Syria and Yemen. Under her sensible management, the
business expanded and with the profits she helped the poor, the widows,
the orphans, the sick and the disabled. If there were any poor girls, she got
them married and paid their dowry.
Lady Khadija (A) preferred not to travel with the caravans and used to
send her agents instead. She made such great profits that she was soon
the richest trader in Makka. Her trade caravans were larger than the rest of
the traders combined, and her success earned her the title "Princess of
Makka".
Although the Arabs were mostly idol worshippers, a few of them had
turned away from such practices and believed in One God as had been
taught by the Prophets Ibrahim (A) and Isma'il (A). One such man was
Waraqa bin Naufal, the cousin of Lady Khadija (A). He used to stop people
from the terrible practice of burying their baby daughters alive. He had a
great interest in the Bible and Tawrat.
Lady Khadija (A) listened to her uncle’s ideas and she also believed in
One God. Her reputation for being a good lady earned her the name
Tahira, which means "the pure one." As Lady Khadija’s (A) fame grew,
many men asked for her hand in marriage, but she turned them all down.
In the spring of AD 595, at the time when the summer caravans were
ready to leave Makka for Syria, Lady Khadija (A) had not yet found a
reliable agent to take her caravan. Meanwhile, Abu Talib was trying to find
employment for his nephew, the Holy Prophet (S), who was now 25 years
old. When he heard of this vacancy, he came to Lady Khadija (A) and
asked her to consider his nephew for the job.
Like most people in Makka, Lady Khadija (A) had heard a lot about the
Holy Prophet (S). Already he had earned a reputation for his
trustworthiness and honesty. Although he lacked experience, she had no
hesitation in hiring him, saying that she would send along her slave
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Maysara, who was already an experienced traveller.
That year the trade caravan of Lady Khadija (A) made unusually high
profits. The Holy Prophet (S) learnt the business quickly and in Syria he
impressed the traders with his clever but fair dealing.
On their return to Makka, the Holy Prophet (S) reported back to Lady
Khadija (A) and then returned to his home. Maysara then told her about all
the details of the trip. He was very impressed with the manner of the Holy
Prophet (S) and spoke highly of his character and personality.
That is why, when Abu Talib sent his sister Safiya to the house of Lady
Khadija (A) with a marriage proposal from the Holy Prophet (S) Lady
Khadija (A) agreed immediately and a date was fixed for the marriage. Abu
Talib himself took charge of the preparations for the marriage of his
beloved nephew. On the day of the wedding he dressed the Holy Prophet
(S) in the cloak of Abdul Muttalib and made him wear the ring of Hashim.
The sermon of marriage was recited by Abu Talib at the agreed Mahar of
400 pieces of gold. The marriage was a cause of great celebration
amongst the Quraish.
Three days after the marriage, Abu Talib arranged for a feast in which
every resident of Makka was invited for a meal. This practice is known as
"Walimah" and Islam later made it a recommended part of the marriage
ceremonies.
At the time of their marriage the Holy Prophet (S) was 25 years old while
Lady Khadija (A) was 40 years of age.
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Exercise
Why do you think the Lady Khadija (A) accepted the proposal of the Holy
Prophet (S)?
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Now you know…
♦ Lady Khadija (A) was the first wife of the Holy Prophet (S).
♦ She owned a caravan business, which she continued to expand. With
the profits she helped the poor and the sick.
♦ She did not travel on the trade journeys to Syria and Yemen herself,
as she preferred to send her agents instead. Soon she became the
richest trader in Makka. Her trade caravans were the largest and her
success earned her the title “Princess of Makka”.
♦ Lady Khadija (A) unlike most of the Makkans believed in One God.
She was a good lady and was often called Tahira, which means “the
pure one.”
♦ When the Holy Prophet (S) was 25 years old, Abu Talib was looking
for employment for his nephew. Lady Khadija (A) had still not found a
reliable agent to take her summer trade caravans. So, Abu Talib
asked her to consider his nephew for the job.
♦ She had heard of the Holy Prophet (S)’s good reputation and
although he lacked in experience she had no hesitation in hiring him.
That year the profits were unsually high. When Maysara, her slave
returned to Makka, he spoke very highly of the Holy Prophet (S)’s
character and personality.
♦ That is why Lady Khadija (A) immediately agreed to the marriage
proposal from the Holy Prophet (S). Abu Talib took charge of the
marriage preparations. At the time of their marriage the Holy Prophet
(S) was 25 years old and Lady Khadija (A) was 40 years old.
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