Throughout the Arabian Peninsula and the world, women were treated merely as slaves and had no rights. Whenever a baby girl was born, it was a matter of disgrace to the family. With the evolution of Islam, it spread the principle of equality and Allah proved it by creating Adam and Eve from the same soul. Every woman according to Islam is born with certain rights, right to be respected, right to inheritance, to own property, to be educated, to work and to enter contacts even after marriage. Many have this perception that Islam does not give women the liberty to choose and take decisions for them, however, Islamic law which is commonly referred to as the Shariah Law is very strict about having the woman’s consent for marriage. The first person to ever convert to Islam was no other than Hazrat Khadijah (R.A), wife of the Holy Prophet who was also known as “Tahira” (the pious one). HazratKhadijah (R.A) married the prophet of Islam when she was 40 and he was 25. Together they six children: two sons, Qasim and Abdullah, and 4 daughters: Zainub, Ruqqaiya, Umme Kulthum and Fatimah.
7 Remarkable things about Hazrat Khadijah (R.A)
- Hazrat Khadijah (R.A) was born in a family of merchants, his father was one of the most reputable and successful merchant in their Quraysh tribe of Makkah. She went against the typical customs and accompanied her father in this profession and after his death she took over the business and continued the trade. Within no time, her business expanded and became the largest in the Quraysh trades combined and was known for her fair dealings and high-quality goods. Throughout her years in trade, she was known for being just and never compromised her modesty and integrity.
- She asked the Prophet to marry her: Hazrat Khadijah (R.A) never believed that women should be oppressed and shouldn’t voice out their opinions. The prophet started working with Hazrat Khadijah (R.A) and within no time she grew fond of him and fell in love. She through a friend, asked him to marry her.
- She turned down many marriage proposals: Hazrat Khadijah (R.A) was a very influential woman and very reputable in the society thus she faced many men seeking her hand in marriage. Before getting married to the Holy prophet, Hazrat Khadijah (R.A) got married twice; both these marriages left her widowed with children.
- She was 15 years older than Muhammad: Their marriage set an example and broke the stereotype about Islam that a woman could get married to a younger man with mutual consent.
- While HazratKhadijah (R.A) was alive; the Holy prophet Muhammad S.A.W never got married and was only devoted to her. The revelations to the Holy Prophet S.A.W started during his marriage to HazratKhadijah (R.A) and she was right next to him throughout his journey and comforted him and believed in him when no one else did. Together they had six children.
- She was the first Muslim: Showing her utmost devotion and faith to the Holy prophet, she was the first one to convert to Islam and accepted Hazrat Muhammad as the seal of all Prophets.
- She spent her worldly riches on the poor: Ones financial condition is a test and HazratKhadijah (R.A) gave a large sum of her earnings to the poor and to the orphans, widows and the ailing.
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