When Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam,
was eight years old, his grandfather, Abdul-MutTaalib, died. After that his
uncle Abu Taalib took charge of looking after him. His uncle's kindness and
warmth towards him made up for the loss of his grandfather.
Abu Taalib loved Muhammad, sallallaahu
alayhi wa sallam, a lot and was keen to fulfill all his wishes. Once,
Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, wished to join him on a trade
journey to Levant. Though his uncle, Abu Taalib, did not want him to have to
go through the difficulties of such a journey during the early years of his
life, yet he was then only twelve, he let him go.
Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam,
accompanied his uncle to Levant where he had such a strange experience that
everybody in the caravan noticed it.
The Christian monk Baheeraa was worshipping
Allah in his monastery in the desert of Ash-Sham near the caravans' route.
Astonishingly, Baheeraa, who never used to bother about passers-by, left his
monastery upon seeing the caravan of Quraysh. He headed towards them and
invited them all to a meal and stipulated that no one should be left behind.
When Muhammad,sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, came, the monk asked Abu Taalib: “Who is this boy?”
Abu Taalib said: “My
son.” The monk said: “ But
I'm sure his father is not alive.” Abu Taalib said:
"He’s actually my nephew." The monk
said: "Now you have told the truth."Then the monk
checked the seal of prophethood on Muhammad's shoulder, and said to Abu Taalib:
"Return with your
nephew, he will have a great status in the future. Keep him away from the
Jews. If they know what I know about him they will harm him."
The words echoed
pleasantly in Abu Taalib’s ears. He thanked the monk for this valuable
advice that could only come from a good man and took his nephew back to
As years passed, the
Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam) became a young man. His uncle thought
that Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, had grown up and must get
married but where could Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, get enough
money for marriage? After thinking over his nephew's situation, Abu Taalib
said: "My dear nephew, I’m a man of no wealth and the cost of living is
getting tough for us. I heard that Khadeejah Bint Khuwaylid hired someone to
trade with her money for a wage of two young camels. However, we wouldn’t
accept the same wage for you, so should I talk to her about it?"
sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, replied: “Whatever you like, uncle.”
Abu Taalib went to
Khadeejah, may Allaah be pleased with her, and asked her: "O Khadeejah!
Would you like to hire Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam? We heard that
you hired someone for two camels but we wouldn’t accept less than four for
Allaah be pleased with her, replied with warmth and respect to the honorable
old man: "If you requested this for a hateful stranger I would have done it.
How then can I refuse while you’re interceding for a dear close person."
sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, started working on Khadeejah’s business
accompanied by her servant, Maysarah, who was experienced in trade and the
ways to run it.
Khadeejah, may Allaah be pleased with her, trusted him with
both her money and business. The journey was extremely successful and
blessed. They gained more than all the previous journeys.
On their way back, Maysarah suggested that he
hurries to Makkah before Muhammad to be the first to tell Khadeejah the
happy news of their safe arrival and successful trade. When Khadeejah, may
Allaah be pleased with her, heard the news she was extremely pleased and
admired Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, because of what Maysarah had
told her about his honesty, kind nature, and good morals. She admired
Muhammad even more when he talked to her in person. Soon this admiration
developed into appreciation and a desire to marry him.
Khuwaylid, may Allaah be pleased with her, was an honorable woman from the
tribe of Asad. She was beautiful, from a good family, and was wealthy. She
had married twice before and decided not to marry again after the death of
her second husband so as to be devoted to managing her wealth and investing
in her business. When Muhammad, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, worked in her
business and Khadeejah noticed his good traits, she liked him and wished to
marry him. Khadeejah, may Allaah be pleased with her, told this secret to
one of her close friends who in turn went and asked Muhammad, sallallaahu
alayhi wa sallam, why he was still single. He replied: “I cannot afford it
financially.” She said: "You do not have to. If you have a beautiful,
wealthy and honorable woman, wouldn't you agree?"
He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, said: "Who
is this woman?" She said: "Khadeejah." He, sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam,
replied: "How can I marry her?" She said: "Leave it to me." He agreed right
away so she returned to Khadeejah to tell her the good news and Khadeejah
was very happy.
sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam, visited Khadeejah, may Allaah be pleased with
her, with his uncles to announce the proposal. Abu Taalib gave a short
speech praising his nephew and said that no young man in Quraysh was equal
to Muhammad in his good manners, sincerity, and honesty. He mentioned that
although he didn’t have much money, it was not that important because wealth
comes and goes. Then he addressed Khadeejah’s family and said that Muhammad
wanted to marry Khadeejah and that she also wanted to marry him. They agreed
on the marriage proposal and had a banquet to celebrate this happy occasion.
Muhammad gave a dowry of 20 camels to Khadeejah then they were married and
he moved to live in Khadeejah’s house. Thus, Allaah willed that this noble
woman, may Allaah be pleased with her, be married to the master of all
creatures, to become the first Mother of the believers, and the best
assistant for the Prophet (sallallaahu alayhi wa sallam). She was the first
to believe in him as a Prophet and she supported him with her money. Her
life with him throughout twenty-five years was filled with happiness and she
gave him six children, two of them were boys. They were:
Al-Qaasim and 'Abdullaah, may Allaah be
pleased with them, and both died before he became a messenger of Allaah.
The four girls were:
Zaynab who married her cousin Abu Al-'Aas Bin
Ruqayyah and Umm Kolthoom who were married to
'Uthmaan Bin 'Affaan successively.
Faatimah who married 'Ali Bin Abu Taalib, may
Allaah be pleased with them all.