The Life History of Khadijah BINT KHUWALID continued

PART TWO 

Children

Prophet Muhammad and Khadija had six children. (Sources disagree about number of children; Al-Tabari names eight, the earliest biography of Muhammad, by ibn Ishaq names seven children but most sources only identify six).
Their first son was Qasim, who died before his second birthday (hence Prophet Muhammad’s kunya Abu Qasim). Khadija then gave birth to their daughters Zaynab, Ruqayyah, Umm Kulthum and Fatima; and lastly to their son Abd-Allah. Abd-Allah was known as at-Tayyib (“the Good”) and at-Tahir (“the Pure”) because he was born after Prophet Muhammad became a messenger of Allah. Abdullah also died in childhood.
Two other children also lived in Khadija’s household.
One was Ali ibn Abi Talib, the son of Muhammad’s uncle.
The second was Zayd ibn Harithah, a boy from the Udhra tribe who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery. Zayd was a slave in Khadija’s household for several years, until his father came to Mecca to bring him home. Muhammad said Zayd should be given a choice about where he lived. Zayd decided to remain with Khadija and Muhammad, after which Muhammad legally adopted Zayd as his own son.

Becoming the first follower of Muhammad (PBUH)

According to the traditional Sunni narrative, when Prophet Muhammad reported his first revelation from the Angel Gabriel (Jibril), Khadija was the first person to convert to Islam. After his experience in the cave of Hira. His entire body trembling with the weight of Divine Revelation, Prophet Muhammad sought sanctuary in the home and arms of his beloved while shouting Zammilooni, zammilooni! he called out to Khadijah . Cover me up!
Returning home to Khadija in a state of terror, pleading for her to cover him with a blanket.

After calming down, he described the encounter to Khadija, who comforted him with the words: “Allah would surely protect him from any danger, and would never allow anyone to revile him as he was a man of peace and reconciliation and always extended the hand of friendship to all.”

Khadijah took the Prophet to her cousin Waraqah and the prophet told him of the experience he had. Then he said:
Indeed, this is the same angel who used to visit Musa (peace be upon him), he confirmed. Would that I was stronger and that I would live to see the day your people drive you out.
They would drive me out? Muhammad (PBUH) questioned in disbelief. Waraqah nodded again. Yes. Whosoever has brought forward a message such as yours in the past was treated with hostility and hardship. Should I live to witness the day that you declare your Prophethood, I will be of those who stands with you and supports you.

Muhammad (PBUH) himself could scarcely believe that he had been visited by the ethereal messenger of Allah; truthfully, he doubted his own sanity. Seeing the uncertainty in his eyes, Khadijah clasped his hands in her own and said, I swear by Allah that you are the Messenger of Allah.
Laa ilaaha illAllah, Muhammadun RasulAllah. (There is no God but Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah).
In a humble home in Makkah, between husband and wife, the nubuwwah (prophethood) was established upon the greatest man to ever live; first shahaadah was declared upon the tongue of one of the greatest women and thus began a new era that would forever change the world.

After three years of quietly spreading the message of Tawheed (the Oneness of God), Allah revealed the following verse to His Messenger (PBUH):
{And warn, [O Muhammad], your closest kindred.} (Quran 26:214)
This was the command to announce Islam publicly, to declare it to his entire family and to the Arab society at large. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was the first to obey his Lord, no matter what the command, and so he fulfilled it immediately. The moment was a dramatic one, and life-changing for both Prophet Muhammad and his Companions, especially Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her).
One day, Muhammad (PBUH) ascended the mountain of Safa and called out to all of Makkah: Yaa Sabahaa! O Bani Fahr! O Bani Adi! Alarmed, the tribesmen of Quraysh assembled before him, wondering what it was that was so urgent that Muhammad, the man whom they trusted above all others, felt compelled to gather them in such a manner.

If I were to tell you that there were some horsemen in the valley planning to raid you, would you believe me? Prophet Muhammad asked. Bewildered and already tensing at the implied warning, the people of Makkah confirmed their trust in him.
Then know that I am a warner to you all, of a severe torment! The people were silenced by shock. Raising his voice further, Prophet Muhammad spoke the words of his message calling them all to believe in and worship Allah alone, to abandon the filth that permeated their lives, the injustice that they inflicted so cruelly and casually upon each other.

As Khadijah, her daughters, and the existing believers watched, Muhammads voice rang out over the hills and valleys of Makkah, reciting the Divine Words of their Lord in a way that made the earth itself tremble.
Yet the hearts of the Quraysh were harder than rocks that were scattered across the desert in which they lived. In a matter of moments, they turned on the man whom they had adored for forty years, and proceeded to try and destroy him and the message with which he came.

And Life Has Changed Forever

From that moment on, Khadijahs life was changed irrevocably: from a noblewoman of Quraysh, from one of its most admired and formidable businesswomen, she was now a social pariah. Her husband was reviled by the elites of society amongst whom she used to mingle so easily; derided as a madman, a soothsayer, or a crazed poet, he was mocked mercilessly.
Khadijah bore the burden of verbal and physical abuse as well, and was subject to the humiliation that her entire society inflicted with a particular vengeance upon her household.

But She Remains Strong

Despite it all, despite the agony of having to witness her loved ones publicly mocked and humiliated, despite experiencing her own sudden loss of social status and influence, Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) remained strong. Her faith was unshaken, and each increasingly difficult test merely reinforced her belief in Allah and fortified her character.

She was, after all, not a fickle woman her heart and her intellect were both refined, and once she knew within herself the Divine Truth, she could accept nothing else. No matter what pain others tried to inflict on her and her family, she would never give them the satisfaction of seeing her give up.

To her daughters, to the vulnerable new Muslims, and to her husband, Khadijah (may Allah be pleased with her) was more than just a mother, a supporter, and a helper she was a woman whose nobility shone at a time when her society cast her out. She spoke words of comfort and strength, provided a shoulder to lean on, and a heart to find joy in.
Khadijah was a woman unlike any other a fact recognized not only by her husband and those around her, but by Allah and the angel Jibreel himself.

Once, as Jibreel visited the Messenger of Allah (PBUH), he paused and told Muhammad (PBUH), Khadijah is approaching with food and drink. Convey to her salaam from Allah, the Most Glorious, and convey to her salaam from me, and give her glad tidings of a home in Paradise wherein there will be no loud noises or difficulty.
Allah Himself is as-Salaam, and peace comes from him. Salaam to Jibreel, the messenger of Allah. Salaam to you, and to all those listening, except for Shaytaan, was Khadijahs eloquent response words as beautiful and full of wisdom as she herself.

Khadija was supportive of Prophet Muhammad’s prophetic mission, always helping in his work, proclaiming his message and belittling any opposition to his prophecies. It was her encouragement that helped Muhammad believe in his mission and spread Islam. Khadija also invested her wealth in the mission. When the polytheists and aristocrats of the Quraysh harassed the Muslims, she used her money to ransom Muslim slaves and feed the Muslim community.
In 616 the Quraysh declared a trade boycott against the Hashim clan. They attacked, imprisoned and beat the Muslims, who sometimes went for days without food or drink. Khadija continued to maintain the community until the boycott was lifted in late 619 or early 620.

Death.

Khadija died in “Ramadan of the year 10 after the Prophethood”, i.e., in April or May 620 CE. Muhammad (PBUH) later called this tenth year “the Year of Sorrow”, as his uncle and protector Abu Talib also died at this time. Khadija is said to have been about sixty-five years old at the time of her death. She was buried in Jannat al-Mu’alla cemetery, in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
In the years immediately following Khadija’s death, Muhammad faced persecution from opponents of his message and also from some who originally followed him but had now turned back. Hostile tribes ridiculed and stoned him. Muhammad migrated to Yathrib (Medina) after Khadija’s death.

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