In This Trying Time, Let Our Women Try To Be Like Khadijah (AS)

By Imam Murtadha Gusau

Monday, 25/03/2024

In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all creation, may Allah extol the mention of our noble Prophet Muhammad in the highest company of Angels, bless him and give him peace and security―and his family, his Companions and all those who follow him correctly and sincerely until the establishment of the Hour.

Dear brothers and sisters! The first Muslim on earth, the ‘Mother of the Believers,’ and ‘The Best of Women,’ are all descriptions of Khadijah Bint Khuwailid, the beloved and devoted wife of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him).

While her legacy continues to live until today, as a symbol for leading Muslim women figures, the love story between her and the Prophet remains to be one-of-a-kind.

Khadijah was known to be a successful trader in Makkah. She was born to a father who was a thriving merchant from the family of Quraish. When her father died, she inherited his business, and was keen on employing hardworking and honest employees to travel far on her behalf to export and import goods.

It was the integrity of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) that brought them together, as it is narrated that she had sent him an offer to work with her, after hearing about his honesty.

Through a friend, Khadijah asked Prophet Muhammad to marry her. Although at the time, he had no means to pursue marriage. But Khadijah was unfazed by differences in wealth.

At the age of 40, Khadijah married the Prophet when he was at 25 years of age. Together they had six children; two sons and four daughters.

After 15 years of marriage, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) received revelations from Allah. On the night he received his first revelation, Khadijah was the one whom he first told what happened. Without hesitation, she comforted, supported and believed him.

She also sought advice from her Christian cousin, who proclaimed that Prophet Muhammad’s revelations were from Allah.

Khadijah, the ‘Mother of the Believers,’ was the first person on earth to accept Islam.

Her devotion to the Prophet and holding on to him, for better and for worse, made her very special in his heart. Although it was common for men in that era to have multiple wives, Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) never married anyone else during their 25 years of marriage.

Her endless support for the Prophet was seen in her patience and courage when the disbelievers decided to declare an open and total political and economic boycott against the followers of Prophet Muhammad.

She passed away three years after Hijrah at the age of 65. Aisha, the wife of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) after the death of Khadijah, says that whenever a goat was slaughtered, the he would send some meat to Khadijah’s friends. Aisha says when she mentioned it on one occasion the Prophet told her:

“I have great regard for her friends, as she has a special place in my heart.”

It is narrated by Aisha that Prophet Muhammad said of Khadijah:

“She believed in me when no one else did, she embraced Islam when people disbelieved me; and she helped and comforted me when there was no one to lend me a helping hand.”

It was narrated that the Prophet also said:

“Maryam (Mary), the daughter of Imran, was the best among the women (of the world of her time) and Khadijah is the best amongst the women (of this nation).”

And all praise is due to Allah, Lord of the worlds. May the peace, blessings and salutations of Allah be upon our noble Messenger, Muhammad, and upon his family, his Companions and his true followers.

Murtadha Muhammad Gusau is the Chief Imam of: Nagazi-Uvete Jumu’ah Mosque; and Late Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Okene Mosque, Okene, Kogi State, Nigeria. He can be reached via:; or +2348038289761.

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