Arabia was submerged and engulfed by the violent and unwise practices of its people. The birth of the prophet in the “Times of Ignorance” was a sign of Allah’s mercy upon mankind. He had chosen yet once again to guide His people towards the right path through His messenger peace be upon him. The prophet peace be upon him belonged to one of the most famous tribes in Arabia. He was an orphan since his birth. His mother died when he turned six. After the tragic death of his grandfather too, Abu Talib, his uncle took him in his custody. The Prophet was an illiterate man and worked as a shepherd in his youth.
Prophet Muhammed peace be upon him was known to be Al-Sadiq (truthful) and Al-Ameen (trustworthy) due to his extreme honesty and fairness in all matters.
At that time Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her), a respectful rich businesswoman, was in search of someone who could carry her goods to Syria for trade. Upon hearing about the honesty and trustworthiness of the Prophet peace be upon him, she entrusted him with her goods. She also sent Maisara, her slave with the prophet peace be upon him.
Upon their return from Syria, Maisera told Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her) about the distinct character of the Prophet peace be upon him, his honesty, his fairness, and his dedication. Apart from that, Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her) also noticed how he came back with a much larger profit from her merchandise than all other men she had hired before.
Impressed by his dignity and fine personality, Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her) who was approached by many notable men before for marriage, sent out a proposal to the Prophet peace be upon him..
Despite Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her) being previously married , having children and older than him 15 years , the Prophet (Peace be upon him) accepted her proposal and sent his uncles to her uncle’s for discussion over this matter. They were married after his return from Syria. He peace be upon him was twenty five years old and she was forty. The Prophet (Peace be upon him) gave her twenty camels as dowry and the marriage sermon was delivered by Abu Talib.
She was the first wife of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) and he (Peace be upon him) loved her immensely that he did not marry any other woman until her death. They were blessed with four daughters: Zainab, Ruqayah, Umm Khulsoom and Fatima and two sons: Al Qasim and Abdullah (May Allah be pleased with all of them.)
Their sons passed away in infancy whereas all the daughters accepted Islam and migrated to Madinah. All of them passed away in his (peace be upon him) life except for Fatima (May Allah be pleased with her), who passed away 6 months after his death.
She was a successful merchant,from a high lineage, known for her wisdom and one of the best women amongst the Arabs, she was the main support system of the Prophet (Peace be upon him) all her life, she gave him comfort and stood by him in the most difficult of times even when the people didn’t believe him being the messenger of Allah. . As the Prophet (Peace be upon him) said: ‘ She believed in me when no one else did’.He used to send her friends gifts and honor everyone related to her.
Such was the beauty in their relationship !
Al-Mubarakpuri, S.2008. The Sealed Nectar. Darussalam, second edition.