KHADIJA’S CONTRIBUTIONS IN ISLAM

Khadija was one of the eye witnesses of Islam. Khadīja bint Khuwaylid was a noble lady and also known to us as the mother of the believers. She was the first person ever to accept Islam. Khadija was the first wife and follower of the prophet of Islam Muhammad (SAW). Khadija was one of the greatest women of the world and her contributions in islam are really significant which led her to be refered to as a figure in Islam. Khadija nursed islam through its infancy, through its most difficult and formative years. Islam was given shape and design in her blessed house(Home). If any home can be called the axis of islam, it was her blessed home. She reared Islam in many respective ways.

Khadija was a very successful woman in trading. Her caravan equalled the caravans of all other traders of the Quraysh put together. She was known as the Ameerat-Quraysh (“Princess of Quraysh”) and Khadija Al-Kubra (Khadija “the Great”).  She fed and clothed the poor, assisted her relatives financially and provided marriage portions for the poor in the Islamic way. Khadija was said to have neither believed in nor worshipping of idols, which was typical for pre-Islam culture. According to the traditional Sunni narrative, when Muhammad reported his first revelation from the Angel Jibril(Gibril), Khadija was the first Person in Islam to believe the revelation that was brought to the prophet Muhammed (S.A.W). After his experience in the cave of Hirah, Muhammad returned 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 saying that Allah(S.W) 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. It was Khadija’s cousin, Wahraka ibn Nawfaal, who confirmed Muhammad’s Prophetwood soon afterwards.

Khadija was a successful business woman, she employed others to trade on her behalf for a commission. In 595 Khadija needed an agent for a transaction in Syria. Abu Talib recommended her distant cousin Muhammad ibn Abdullah. The experience that Muhammad held working with caravans in his uncle Abu Talib’s family business had earned him the honorific titles. Khadija hired Muhammad, who was then 25 years old, sending word through her kinsman Khazimah ibn Hakim that she would pay double her usual commission.

Khadija considered proposing marriage to her agent Muhammed (S.A.W).Many wealthy Quraysh men had already asked for her hand in marriage, but all had been refused. Muhammed was sent as a husband to her. Khadija was very close to Muhammed and he confided in her the most out of all his following wives. It is narrated in many hadiths that Khadija was Muhammed’s most trusted and favourite among all his marriages. It is narrated in Sahih Muslim, the messenger of Allah, Subhan Watala said: Allah the Almighty never granted me anyone better in this life than her(khadija). She accepted me when people rejected me; she believed in me when people doubted me; she shared her wealth with me when people deprived me; and Allah granted me children only through her.”

Khadija being a very honest and loyal lady was successfully married to Muhammed (SAW) and that was the most remarkable way of her contribution to Islam and to muslims respectively.

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