Praise be to Allah. The Lord of the world and the heavens. All things glorify Allah. Our Lord is the most Generous and the most Merciful. Allah is the Richest and the most Generous.

Alhamdulilah. Alhamdulilah. All praises are due to Him alone. I bear witness that Muhammad is His Messenger and prophet. Peace and blessings be upon him. Amen.

This is the story of Khadijah the wife of the prophet. A special tributes to all the good Muslims women outside there. May Allah accept your prayers and fasting and continuing guiding you to your last day on earth. Afterwards, admit you to jannatul Firdaus. Amen.

Allah is greeting all the pious women. ..

“The virtuous women are those who are obedient, and guard the secrets of their husbands with Allah’s protection. And as for those on whose part you fear disobedience, admonish them and leave them alone in their beds, and chastise them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them. Surely, Allah is High, Great.” – Qur’an 4:34

“Women impure are for men impure, and men impure for women impure, and women of purity are for men of purity, and men of purity are for women of purity: these are not affected by what people say: for them there is forgiveness, and a provision honorable.” – Qur’an 24:26

“One of the elements of happiness is a righteous wife, who when you see her you feel pleased,and when you are away, you feel that you can trust her with regard to herself and your property.”- Sahih

Among the four important women in Islam are four women who are given the status of the most revered women; Asiya wife of Pharaoh, Mary mother of Jesus Christ, Khadijah wife of the Prophet and Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet. May Allah send peace and blessings to them. Amen.

The Mother of Islam, Khadijah (ra) was the first wife of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and is a shinning example of a strong, independent Muslim woman with an entrepreneurial spirit. She was born in Makkah (Mecca) in 556 CE. Her father was a prosperous businessman and a popular leader of the Quraysh tribe. Two third (2/3) of the Mecca area belongs to Khadijah bint Khuwailid.

She was a noble wife who bears the glory and abundance of wealth. But when she died, she did not have a shroud. Even the clothes she wore at the time of her death were shabby clothes with some patches around it.

She asked Fatimah, her daughter….”I believe my death will come soon whispered Khadijah to her daughter…what I fear is the torment of the grave, please ask your father, that he give me his turban which he usually use to receive revelations to be used as my shroud. I am ashamed and afraid to ask for it myself.”

Hearing that the Messenger of Allah said, “O Khadijah, Allah sends greetings to you, and has prepared your place in heaven.” Khadijah, Ummul Mu’minin (the mother of the believers), then breathed her last in the lap of the Prophet (pbuh). The prophet (pbuh) embraced his wife with a very, very sad feeling. The prophet (pbuh) and all those who were present cried, the Angel Gabriel (as) descended from the sky with greetings and brought five shrouds.

The Messenger of Allah answered Angel Gabriel’s greetings, then asked, “Who are these shroud for, O Gabriel?” “These shroud are for Khadijah, for you, O Messenger of Allah, for Fatima, Ali and Hasan,” replied the angel!

The Prophet (pbuh) said near Khadijah’s body, “O Khadijah my dear wife, by Allah, I will never get a wife like you. Your devotion to Islam and myself is extraordinary. Allah knows all your deeds. All of your wealth you donate to Islam. The Muslims also enjoy it. And all the clothes of the Muslims and my clothes are also from you. However, why is your last request to me just a turban!?” The Prophet (pbuh) sobbed reminiscing about his wife during his life.

Before her death…

…it is said that one day, when the Messenger of Allah (saw) came home from preaching, he entered the house. Khadijah greeted, and was about to stand in front of the doors, then the Messenger of Allah (saw) said, “O Khadijah, stay where you are.” At that time Khadijah was breastfeeding Fatima, who was still a baby, and all their wealth has been exhausted. Often they did not even have food, so when Fatimah (ra) breastfeeds, it’s not milk that comes out but blood, it was blood that entered the mouth of Fatimah (ra). Then the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) took Fatima from Khadijah’s arms and put her on the bed. Then the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) who was tired after preaching and faced all the insults and slander of humans, then laid down on Khadijah’s lap until he (pbuh) fell asleep. Khadijah (ra) stroked the Prophet’s head with tenderness and affection. Khadijah’s tears dropped down the cheeks of the Prophet (saw) waking him…

“O Khadija, why are you crying? Do you regret marrying me?” The Prophet said gently…you were a noble woman, you were rich. But today you have been insulted by people. Everyone has turned away from you. All your wealth is gone. Do you regret, O Khadijah, marrying me?” Continued the Prophet (pbuh) unable to see his wife crying.

“O my husband, O Prophet of Allah. That’s not what I’m crying about,” replied Khadijah…”before I have glory, I gave that glory to Allah and His Messenger. Before I was a noble woman, I also gave that nobility to Allah and His Messenger. Previously I have wealth, all the wealth, I have left that too for Allah and His Messenger.”

“O Messenger of Allah, now I have nothing left. But you still continue to fight for this religion. O Messenger of Allah, if later I died while your struggle was not finished, if you wanted to cross an ocean, if you wanted to cross a river but you did not get a raft or a bridge, then dig a hole in my grave, take my bones, make it a bridge for you to cross the river so that you can meet people and continue your da’wah.”

“Remind them of the greatness of Allah, remind them of the righteous, invite them to Islam, O Messenger of Allah.”

The Prophet also looked sad…

“Oh my dear Khadijah, you left me alone in my struggle. Who else will help me?”

Ali bin Abi Talib (ra) answred him, “O Messenger of Allah!” His cousin and son-in-law.

Next to the body of Khadijah (ra) the Prophet then prayed to Allah (swt).

“O Allah, O ILahi Rabbiy, bestow Your mercy on my Khadijah, who always helps me in establishing Islam, trusting in me when others are against me, pleasing me when others trouble me, calming me when others make me anxious.”

In the 10th Ramadan BH 3 in the ancient (intercalated) Arabic calendar c. 619 at the aged 63–64 Khadīja al-Kubra (ra) died in Mecca. The mother of the believers was buried in Jannat al-Mu’alla, Mecca. May Allah bless her grave, send peace and blessings to her in jannat ul Firdaus. Amen.


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