As a Muslim, it is my duty to read the Qur’an every year (if you just do it for Ramadan) and I just had a craving to know more and more about this person specifically. I actually named myself after her! (Read on why I converted here).
Khadija was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. She was married to the Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, for 25 years, until her death. The Prophet Muhammad, pbuh, would confide in her more than any other wife he had. In fact, some hadiths even say she was his most trusted and favorite out of all of wives he ever had! People claim she was his most beloved wife because was in a monogamy relationship with her until she died. The Prophet, pbuh, also stated, “God Almighty never granted me anyone better in this life than her. 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.”
Because of the quote above and so much more. Khadija was the first person to convert to Islam. After Muhammad’s experience in the cave of Hira, he 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 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.”
She proclaimed his message and belittled any opposition to his prophecies. Because of her, Muhammad believed 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.
She was an independent woman before meeting the Prophet. Khadija was the wealthiest woman in Mecca! She was so successful at being a merchant that she became known as Khadija Al-Kubra, which means “Khadija the Great.” It is said that she fed and clothed the poor, assisted her relatives financially and provided marriage portions for poor relations with the money she earned.
Fatima had the by-name “The mother of her father”, as she took over caring for her father and being a support to her father once her mother died.
They knew how great she was. Muhammad’s wife, Aisha, was jealous of the affection and loyalty that he kept for Khadija even after her death. She stated, “I did not feel jealous of any of the wives of the Prophet as much as I did of Khadijah though I did not see her, but the Prophet used to mention her very often, and when ever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija. When I sometimes said to him, ‘(You treat Khadija in such a way) as if there is no woman on Earth except Khadijah,’ he would say, ‘Khadija was such-and-such, and from her I had children.'”
Khadija is such a role model to the community. If you’d like to read more on her, I’ll leave links below for books!
You can also buy an English Qur’an from my Etsy that I underline my favorite verses, science verses, and most misunderstood verses!