Imam Sadiq (peace be upon him) Online Seminary offers heartfelt condolences on the demise anniversary of Lady Khadija (peace be upon her)
The great lady of Islam passed away in the 10th Hejira year at the age of 65. She supported the Prophet (PBUH&HP) in his mission for 25 years, sacrificing her life and wealth. She was the first wife and first female follower of Prophet Muhammad. Her death was a great loss to the Prophet (PBUH). She is regarded as the Mother of all believers. She and her daughter Fatimah are two of the most important female figures in Islam.
Her sorrowful death happened in the same year of the death of Abu Talib, the great and affectionate supporter of the Prophet (PBUH&HP). The two deaths made the Prophet (PBUH&HP) so sorrowful that he named that year, i.e. 10th Hejra year, the “Year of Grief”.
Hereunder we will have a glance at the merits of the great lady of Islam Hadrat Khadija (S.A):
1- Deep Insight
A group of Quraysh women rebuked Hadrat Khadija (S.A) and said: “With all prudence and magnificence she possesses, Khadija married the poor orphan of Abu Talib. What a grave disgrace!” Hadrat Khadija (S.A), whose choice was based on wisdom and deep insight, remained steadfast and replied: “You women of Quraysh! I have heard your husband’s [and you] rebuking me for marrying Muhammad (PBUH&HP). Let me ask you a question. Is there any man like Muhammad among your men? Can you find a man all over Damascus, Mecca, and the suburbs to be of good deed and creed, good-tempered, and of great personality like Muhammad? I have married him for these values and I have seen greater things and behavior from him.
The fruit of this marriage was the birth of Hadrat Fatima Zahra (S.A) who was the mother of the 11 infallible Imams
2- Best Ladies of the Two Worlds
Four women are known to be the best ladies in the universe. Ibn Athir says Anas ibn Malik has quoted from the Prophet (PBUH&HP) that the best ladies of the universe are Mary, Asiyah, Khadija, and Fatima (PBUT).
These four distinguished ladies, reaching the summit of spiritual perfection in this world, will be the best ladies of heaven too. Akramah quoted Ibn Abbas that once the Prophet of Islam said: “The best ladies of the heaven are: Khadija daughter of Khuwaylid, Fatima daughter of Muhammad, Mary daughter of Imran, and Aasiyah daughter of Muzahim and wife of pharaoh.”
3- Best Wife for the Prophet (PBUH&HP)
The Prophet of Islam had many wives but they had different ranks. Hadrat Khadija (S.A) obeyed the Prophet (PBUH&HP) by all means, sacrificed life and property for his mission, and gained the 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 Khadija daughter of Khuwaylid.
“Before Khadijah became a Muslim, she was famous for her wealth, power, greatness, and rationality and had the nickname ‘Malakah’ meaning ‘Queen.’ Mubarakah, Tahirah, Aqilah, Kamilah, Zahidah, and Mujahidah were among her nicknames. After her death, the Prophet always remembered Khadijah. One day Aishah spoke to the Prophet of God, ‘Why do you always remember Khadijah in the house, while God has given you someone better than her?’ the Prophet replied, “Because Khadijah was the first person among the women who believed in me and the first person who gave her property to the orphans.”
At the end of her life, Khadijah said to Fatimah al-Zahra, ‘I sacrificed all my life and property in the cause of Islam and I couldn’t afford to prepare a shroud for myself. If it’s possible, take a cloak from the Prophet of God for me as I’m afraid of the punishment of the grave and the Hereafter. Fatimah al-Zahra mentioned this to the Prophet and he gave his own cloak but the angel of revelation, Gabriel, descended upon the Prophet and said: ‘God has said that Khadijah has given everything that she has in the path of God. Now her shroud is with us and we give her a heavenly shroud.