Tehran:Hazrat Khadija (pbuh) submitted to Islam upon the very first days in which Islam came into existence; she made the greatest efforts as a perfect, wise and magnanimous woman. Therefore, she is distinguished as the first believer of Islam. Eventually, she spent all her wealth on inviting people to Islam and promoting the religion. The significance of Khadija’s role can only be understood by those who have experienced the responsibility of contributing aid, to fighters, during times of conflict and repression. Had it not been for the financial assistance Hazrat Khadija (peace be upon her) offered, Islam’s movement and progress might have faced major impediments. Later Khadija, Prophet Muhammad (pbut) and his Muslim followers migrated, by force, to the Shib Abi Talib (Abi Talib Valley); it was here that she endured an arduous and exhausting life, for a few short years; finally, she passed away while in exile and under boycott.
Statements made during a Friday sermon, May 23, 1986
It was his honesty that made Khadijah al-Kubra (as) so fond of him. Sayyida Khadijah was herself the first lady of Mecca, a prominent figure, from a prominent family with considerable wealth.
High ethical features, noble humane personality, great patience, familiar with pains and sorrows that a man can experience in childhood, led to developing a complicated and deep personality in Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) when growing up. As a child, he chose to work as a shepherd for AbuTalib ‘s sheep. These helped complement his personality. He chose, as a child, to go on a business trip with Abi Talib. He, gradually, repeated business trips till he reached the young age, the time he got married to Khadijah (as) and in his early forties he was appointed the prophet of God.
He was righteous. During the time before Islam, he was a merchant; travelling to Levant, and Yemen; participated in commercial expeditions, and had business associates. One of his associates of this time later recounted that he was the best of associates; he wasn’t stubborn, and wouldn’t quarrel. He didn’t burden his associates, and didn’t mistreat any customer. He didn’t charge one too much, nor did he lie to anyone. He was honest. It was his honesty that made Khadijah al-Kubra (as) so fond of him. Sayyida Khadijah was herself the first lady of Mecca, a prominent figure, from a prominent family with considerable wealth.
May 12, 2000