No matter what religion we follow, Islam has become a beacon of light and a ray of hope for all the people around the world. However, feminism is one thing that has never been associated with region. Despite of the budding similarities that people find about the feminists within the scope of Islam, most of us failed to understand that it is Islam that has given us the biggest and the most daring “First Feminist” of the world. In case you are wondering, her name is Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid.
Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was the wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) and she is the first lady of Islam. Here are some magnificently fierce facts about Hazrat Khadijah that made her a wonder woman even 1400 years ago.
A fierce and self-established woman:
Khadijah was born to a father who was a successful merchant in Mecca. Being the indomitable lady she was, Khadijah inherited those skills from her father, at the time when the world was rooted with male dominance and was extremely dangerous for independent women. After her father died, she took over the business and started trading from Mecca to Syria and to Yemen to earn her living.
Not just an ordinary businesswoman, but her business was way larger than that of the other Quraysh traders. She earned repute with fair dealing of goods, which led her to earn the titles of Ameerat-Quraysh (“Princess of Quraysh”) and al-Tahira (“The Pure One”). She knew her boundaries and she had her worth, do one ever dared to cast an evil eye on her due to stellar reputation.
She turned down multiple marriage proposals:
Rich in character and materials, Khadijah was consecutively asked by men for her hand in marriage. She was married twice before her marriage with Hazrat Muhammad, but both the marriages were left in void due to the deaths of her husbands. She had children too. She couldn’t bear the burden of another heartbreak and the loss of her other half and that is why she never resorted to third marriage for a long time…
She asked for Prophet’s hand in marriage:
Though she never wanted to marry again, Khadijah fell in love with Hazrat Muhammad after she heard about his remarkable character through her trader. She did not need anyone to support her at the time when marriage was mandatory for a woman’s survival and on the other hand Hazrat Muhammad wasn’t financially strong to support a wife. However, her love forced her to send someone to ask Muhammad (S.A.W) for marriage and he said yes to her.
She was 15 years older than Hazrat Muhammad:
Khadijah broke the stereotypes 1400 years ago and if that isn’t enough to understand her mighty galore she was 40 years old when she married Muhammad (S.A.W) – he was just 25 at the time of marriage.
An ideal wife:
Their’s was a true love marriage. A marriage that falls in the sanctity of pure love and a peaceful relationship. Khadija and Muhammad’s marriage was monogamous, through multiple wives was a common practice those days, until her death 25 years later.
When Angel Jibrael’s presence for the first time to embark the Allah’s revelations to mankind left Muhammad (S.A.W) frightened, she was the one who consoled her at the time when everyone else made fun of her. She was with him during the most difficult and strenuous days of his life. In return, Prophet loved no one more than her during his lifetime.
The first MUSLIM:
Standing true to her husband’s teaching, the mother of Islam Khadijah was the first person on this entire plane to accept that there is only one God – Allah, Muhammad is his last messenger and stood true to the teachings of Holy Quran. She greeted Islam with open arms and embraced the religion with peace.
Worldly wealth for poor’s benefits:
Khadijah distributed her wealth and earnings among those who truly deserved them. She helped widows, sick people, orphans and help poor girls with their mandatory dowry.
These are just the seven initial things. Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid is one of the most inspiring figures in the history of mankind and her resilience, courage, bravery, honesty, loyalty, love for Prophet, honesty with the religion and mankind will be remembered forever.