Virtues of Hazrat Khadijah (Part 2)
2- Firm Faith
The same deep insight that brought about the marriage of Hazrat Khadijah (S.A) and Muhammad (PBUH), shed the light of Islam and faith upon her heart, so that she won the title of the first Muslim woman in the history of Islam.
Ibn Abdul-Berr quotes from Abi Rafe’ in his own document that the Prophet of Islam (PBUH) performed prayers on Monday (the day he was appointed for prophetic mission) and Hadrat Khadijah (S.A) performed her prayers at the last hours of the same day. (1)
Imam Ali (A.S) testified faith and Islam of Hazrat Khadijah (S.A) this way: “That day there was no house with Islam in it except the house of the Prophet and Khadijah and I became the third. I could see the light of revelation and prophetic mission and feel the smell of prophethood in that house.” (2)
Hadrat Khadijah (S.A) remained firmly faithful until the last moment of her life. She devoted her life and property to Islam never leaving the leader of Islam alone in her lifetime.
3- Best Ladies of the Two Worlds
Four women are known to be the best ladies of the universe. Ibn Athir says Anas ibn Malik has quoted from the Prophet (PBUH) that the best ladies of the universe are Mary, Asiyah, Khadijah and Fatima. (3)
These four distinguished ladies, reaching the summit of spiritual perfection in this world, will be the best ladies of the Heaven too. Akramah quoted Ibn Abbas that once the Prophet of Islam said: “The best ladies of the Heaven are: Khadijah daughter of Khuwaylid, Fatima daughter of Muhammad, Mary daughter of Imran, and Asiyah daughter of Muzahim and wife of pharaoh.” (4)
4- Best Wife for the Prophet (PBUH)
The Prophet of Islam had many wives but they had different ranks. Hazrat Khadijah (S.A) obeyed the Prophet (PBUH) by all means, sacrificed life and property for his mission and gained satisfaction of the Messenger of Allah, winning the best rank among the Prophet’s wives.
The late Sheikh Sadouq quoted from Imam Sadiq (A.S) who said: “The Prophet of Islam married 15 women the best of whom was Khadijah daughter of Khuwaylid. (5)
5- Mother of Hazrat Zahra (S.A)
According to Qur’anic text, the Prophet’s wives are mothers of the believers: “His [the Prophet’s] wives are mothers of the believers.” (6) And Hazrat Khadijah (S.A) is the best proof for this verse. Such bliss was granted to Hazrat Khadijah (S.A) among all other wives and the 11 Imams were her descendents through Hazrat Fatima Zahra (S.A). Great worthiness and talent are needed to win such a rank for a woman.
Zahra (S.A) enjoys a top rank among all children of Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) because she is infallible on one side and on the other side, Imamate or Islamic leadership continued through her generation. (7)
1. Esti’ab, Vol. 2, P. 419
2.Tabari Book of History, Vol. 2, P. 208 & Ibn Abi al-Hadid’s Commentary on Nahj ul-Balaghah, Vol. 13, P. 197
3. Khasal-e Sadough, Chapter on Four Dispositions
4. Asad al-Ghabah, Vol. 5, P. 437; Esti’ab, Vol. 4, P. 1821
5. Khasal-e Sadough, Chapter on Four Dispositions
6. Ahzab: 5
Translated by: Sadroddin Musawi
Virtues of Hazrat Khadijah (Part 1)
Virtues of Hazrat Khadijah (Part 3)
Virtues of Hazrat Khadijah (Part 4)
Virtues of Hazrat Khadijah (Part 5)