Why I long to meet Khadijah….
” You have another mother. You’ve never seen her. You’ve never heard her voice. You’ve never perhaps even thought of her as your mother. But she is your mother nonetheless. And if you get to Jannah, your mother will there, waiting to meet you. Her name is Khadijah (RA). ” [Source: learning roots.com]
From the moment I embraced Islam I have been fascinated by the strong and inspiring stories of the various women that have played pivotal roles in spreading the message of Allah (swt). From the impeccable and trusting character of Maryam (RA) to the selflessness and determination of Asiya (RA) there are so many lessons that history can teach the modern muslim woman.
However, as a wife, mother and budding entrepreneur I have always had a particular interest in Khadijah (RA), a thriving and respected business woman, a caring and supportive wife to our beloved Prophet (sws) and the first woman to accept Islam.
Her father was a successful merchant in Mecca and upon his death Khadijah inherited the business which was established as the largest and best in quality. She was successful, wealthy and twice widowed with no financial need to have a husband.
Fifteen years his senior, Khadijah broke all the stereoypes, fell in love and asked Muhammah (sws), to marry her. During their 25 years of marriage Muhammad’s prophethood begun and her uncompromising love, care and support of her husband never faltered. She created an environment that allowed her husband respite during his many struggles as he spread the message of Islam.
“She believed in me when no one else did; she accepted Islam when people rejected me; and she helped and comforted me when there was no one else to lend me a helping hand.”
Khadijah (RA) knew that she would face many challenges as the wife of the Prophet (sws) but her strength never wavered and she always held on tightly to her deen. She used her wealth to further the cause of Islam, freeing slaves and helping the poor, she proved that belief requires action.
If you, like me, long to know more of this incredible female role model, Learning Roots have produced a new book ‘Khadijah: Mother of Histories Greatest Nation’ where they aim to get to the core of her inspirational and imaan boosting stories, using a fluid style that is perfect for the modern day reader. This book is suitable for age 9+ Years Old.
Author: Fatima Barkatulla
By Sumaya Teli