In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Most Compassionate
She was one of the noblest women around, coming from a very prominent family. She was also quite beautiful and the holder of a considerable amount of wealth, being a prominent businesswoman. To marry her would have been a great feat for any man, and indeed, quite a few of the most prominent and wealthy men in society had asked for her hand. Yet, she rejected them all; already being a widow, she had lost the desire to marry again.
Until he came into her life. He was young man of 25, and although he was also of a noble family, he was an orphan and was not a man of many means. He had made a meager living tending sheep in the hills surrounding the city. Yet, he had an impeccable moral character, and he was widely known as one of the most honest men around. That is what attracted her to him: she was looking for someone honest who could conduct business for her, as she - a woman in a fiercely patriarchal society - could not do it herself. So, he started working for her.
After he came back from his first business trip, she asked her servant, whom she sent with him, about him and his conduct. The servant amazed her by his report: this young man was the kindest, gentlest man he had ever met. Never did he treat the servant harshly, as many others do. Yet, there was more: as they traveled in the heat of the desert, the servant noticed that a cloud had followed them the entire time, shading them from the blazing sun. The businesswoman was quite impressed with her new employee.
Not only that, this new employee proved to be an astute businessman in his own right. He took his employer's merchandise, sold it, and with the profits bought other merchandise that he sold again, thus profiting twice. All this was enough for her: the embers of love in her heart that were once extinguished re-kindled again, and she resolved to marry this young man, who was 15 years younger than she.
So, she sent her sister to this young man. She asked him, "Why are you not married, yet?"
"For lack of means," he answered.
"What if I could offer you a wife of nobility, beauty, and wealth? Would you be interested?" she told him.
He replied in the affirmative, but when she mentioned her sister, the young employee chuckled in amazement.
"How could I marry her? She has turned down the most noble men in the city, much wealthier and prominent than me, a poor shepherd," he said.
"Don't you worry," the sister replied, "I'll take care of it."
Not long after, the wealthy businesswoman married her young employee, and it was the beginning of one of the most loving, happiest, and sacred marriages in all of human history: that of Prophet Muhammad and Khadijah, the daughter of Khuwaylid. When they were married, the Prophet was 25 years old, and Khadijah was 40. Yet, that did not bother the Prophet one bit. He loved her so deeply, and she loved him as deeply. They were married for 25 years, and she bore him six children: 2 sons and 4 daughters. Both the sons died in young age. Khadijah was a source of immense love, strength, and comfort for the Prophet Muhammad, and he leaned heavily on this love and support on the most important night of his life.
While he was meditating in cave of Hira, the Angel Gabriel came to the Prophet Muhammad and revealed to him the first verses of the Qur'an and declared to him that he was to be a Prophet. The experience terrified the Prophet Muhammad, and he ran home, jumping into Khadijah's arms crying, "Cover me! Cover me!" She was startled by his terror, and after soothing and comforting him for a while, the Prophet was able to calm down and relate to her his experience.
The Prophet feared he was losing his mind or being possessed.
Khadijah put all his fears to rest: "Do not worry," she said, "for by Him who has dominion over Khadijah's soul, I hope that you are the Prophet of this nation. Allah would never humiliate you, for you are good to your relatives, you are true to your word, you help those who are in need, you support the weak, you feed the guest and you answer the call of those who are in distress." She then took him to her cousin, Waraqah ibn Nawfal - a scholar well-versed in the Judeo-Christian scripture - and he confirmed to the Prophet that his experience was Divine and he was to be the Last Prophet.
After his ministry began, and the opposition of his people became harsh and brutal, Khadijah was always there to support the Prophet Muhammad, sacrificing all of her wealth to support the cause of Islam. When the Prophet and his family was banished to the hills outside of Mecca, she went there with him, and the three years of hardship and deprivation eventually led to her death. The Prophet Muhammad mourned her deeply, and even after her death, the Prophet would send food and support to Khadijah's friends and relatives, out of love for his first wife.
Once, years after Khadijah died, he came across a necklace that she once wore. When he saw it, he remembered her and began to cry and mourn. His love for her never died, so much so, that his later wife A'isha became jealous of her. Once she asked the Prophet if Khadijah had been the only woman worthy of his love. The Prophet replied: "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."
Much has been made and said about Prophet Muhammad's multiple marriages. There are many who smear the Prophet as a womanizing philanderer, citing his multiple marriages. This is absolute propaganda. As a response to those who malign the Prophet , IF the Prophet were anything of the sort, he would have taken advantage of his youth to do such a thing. But he did not! At a time when it was a common custom to have multiple wives, the Prophet did not marry anyone else while he was with Khadijah.
It was only after Khadijah died, may God be pleased with her, that he married other women. Most of these wives were widows, whom the Prophet married to care after them, or they were the daughters of prominent Arab chieftains, so that the Prophet could form a cohesive Muslim society out of a fiercely tribalistic (and barbaric) Arab culture. The smears against the Prophet fall flat on their faces once the light of truth shines brightly upon them.
In a song about the Prophet and Khadjiah, Muslim rappers Native Deen sing: "We look for stories of love in places dark and cold - When we have a guiding light for the whole world to behold." Many of what we call "love stories" today are nothing more than stories of lust and desire, physical attraction disguised as love.
Yet, I can find no love story more powerful, more spiritually uplifting, more awe inspiring as that of the Prophet Muhammad and Khadijah. It is a shining example of what an ideal marriage is, and if I ever claim that I love my wife, I must gauge my actions with that of the Prophet. As the country commemorates Valentine's Day, and everywhere we turn this month, "love is in the air," I cannot help but reflect upon, what is to me, the greatest of all love stories: that of Muhammad and Khadijah. Even with all of its amazing and creative talent, Hollywood could not have come up with a story greater than this.
Hesham A. Hassaballa is a physician and writer based in Chicago. You can visit his blog at www.drhassaballa.com.
This story is very interested and sweet,may the muslims sisters and brothers copy from the teachings of the prophet(S.A.W)so that we will have change in the kind of civilization we are in,to have an islamic civilization.
May ALLAH (S.W.T)help and reward you abundantly.ameeen.
The person that wrote this article deserved a lot of prayer(Dhua),because this article touch the heart of every reader.This is a great true love story,any other one is a counterfit.
Sadly beauty is defined today by the Hollywood yardstick and by that which appeals to the eye, but there has been many a person who were not beautiful by those standards yet the faith they carried in their hearts made their faces glow with light. That is the inner beauty lost on those who only seek physical attributes in a person.
The writer of this true love story deserve pat.the muslims should stop celebrating valentine's day because is not meant for us. the christians believe that they have only one day in 12months to display affections to their love ones but the muslims are known to always showcase true love to their wives or husbands. this means that every day is valentine's day to the muslims wordwide.
jazaaka'allah kheyr brother hesham. it is a great story. I saw a lot of you mention valentine's day. acually valentine's day is a day christian celebrate for christian martyrs. the correct name acually is saint valentine. some christians believe there is one valentine, other more than one. the point is that valentine's day is a christian holiday. it is not a holiday of love. so, since we are permited to celebrate a holiday other than the ones that were celebrated by the prophet mohamad sallallaahu alaihi wasalam, especially if it is a religious one i will suggest my brothers and sisters in islam to avoid celebrating valentine's day. Allah knows best.
MASHA ALLAH, A WONDERFUL ARTICLE BY READING WHICH I COULDN'T CONTROL MY TEARS.
WELL DONE "JAZAKALLAHU KHAIR"
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Assalamu-alaikum wr wb
I hope that this email has reached you in good health and best of Iman and Taqwa.
Our prophet (saw) he married other women. Most of these wives were widows, whom the Prophet married to care after them, or they were they were the daughters of prominent Arab. This is the point to be notice by our Muslim brother and sisters that poligomy it should by accepted and practice only for these reasons, i am revert to Islam my love for Islam was the cause for my divorce, i am at the age of 41 and have two kids, Muslim where i live know my situation and my dedication for Islam i am in dawah my self, but there is not even one Muslim who can take me and my kids under his care the way sunnah was done,this is todays Islam i have read many many books about sahabas, when Islam was being speard and how shahabas would take woman in a marriage after her lost of her husband in the cause of Islam i pray to Allah that i wish i was revert to Islam in those day instead of todays because i would have be taken care of by pious Muslim man.
I pray for more hasanah and sabr until i die and that i die with Iman and only live this life for the cause of Islam.
But any way i pray that Inshallah with Allah help TRUE practice of Islam comes back before the last days.
As for the other wives. How come even with Aisha being so young, The prophet did not have children yet with a 40 year old woman, he had 7 children? That means she would have been close to 47 with her last birth.
It is said that The Christian Mariya had a child with The Prophet too, who did not survive.
And a very beautiful article about the greatest person in history.
How interesting that you guys post this article on True Love precisely during valentine's day. True, that many will follow the christians and jews even to a lizards' hole. Now Saudi is banning red roses, I guess why. They have been absorbed by this kafir celebration; yes, this is celebrating the patron saint for love Valentine, who also took the place of a pagan holiday when the roman pagans became chistians.
The story gives us an example of the successful relashionship between Prophet Mohammed(Salla Allaho alahhi WA salem)and Khadija Omou EL mouslimin.This is the story that should be in our mind not the valentine 's day.
Most of what the article says is right,but none of the Prophet's(Saws)wives were beautiful. nowhere has it been mentioned that Khadijah(rah)was a beautiful woman. also the writer has quoted her as saying to her husband when he was 1st visited by jibraeel "I hope that you are the Prophet of this nation." at that time most of arabia was in jahalah and didnt know about prophets. In fact, it was her cousin Waraqah who informed them that Muhammad was the chosen prophet of Allah.
I would like to remind you that any addition or diviation is a going away from Islam and a weakning of the faith. Please check what is written by any of your contributors. this site is really wonderful and most people take whats on this site as the thruth. I request you to pls check the authenticity of all writings before including them here. I say this because I am watching how the muslim ummah in India is blindly following what some people tell them, without checking the authenticity and then they dilute their faith. Islam has too many detractors externally, please lets not go astray internally. May Allah forgive me if I am wrong, my intentions were not to hurt anyone's feelings, nor is my knowledge vast, but its been written in many books that none of the Prophet's wives were beautiful, this was so that the detractors and slanders would not have a chance to malign his character and nobility in times to come. Once again I beg forgiveness of Allah and you if I am wrong.
to a Valentine's Day story -- not so! Let's lighten up and enjoy
the inspiring message in positive stories like this. It's a good
reminder that Islam is a religion of love -- every day of the year!
This is indeed a good article that reminds one as a husband, ones responsibilties towards our wife/wives and as a wife your responsibilities to your husband. It is also a reminder that celebration of love in Islam must be directed towards earning the rahmah of Allah and not purposely to copy a pagan tradition.
I say thank you to the author and Islamicity for the article but also want to say that the timing of posting should be looked into such that muslims will not mistake its posting now as support for celebrating valentine's day.
May Allah reward you.
May Almighty Allah protect us all from the misguidance,Ameen.
ANd another touching story!!
Sadly, we don't live our lives like them and their example given to us neither use it in our marriage.
Peace & Blessings be on Prophet, his wives,and all his companions ameen.