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Ustadha Zaynab Ansari on Amazing Muslim Women: Khadija

Ustadha Zaynab Ansari, in partnership with Muslimah Media, speaks in a 5-part series about the amazing Muslim women who paved the way for others after them.

Khadija bint Khuwaylid was a trailblazer in the early Muslim period. She is considered to be one of the first Muslims, the first female Muslim, the first wife of the Prophet and the first mother of his children. All these qualities truly make her from the amazing Muslim women.

The Nobility of Khadija

She was a noblewomen of the tribe of Quraysh, and was considered the “Leader of the Women of Quraysh.” Although she received many proposals from the wealthy elite of Quraysh, she declined them all.

She was also an entrepreneur. She hired the Prophet to work in her caravans that traveled to Syria to trade. She proposed marriage to him after observing his noble character and honesty. In doing so, she broke some barriers for the Muslims that would follow. She normalized the practice of women proposing marriage to men, even to those who were younger or less wealthy than them.

Her Strength and Wisdom

The Prophet would engage in regular spiritual retreats, where he would go into the cave of Hira and reflect. During that time, Khadija continued to support him, and did not discourage him. One day, he returned in a state of fear, and told her that he was seized by a presence who squeezed him and commanded him to read. Through her immense wisdom, she immediately knew exactly how to reassure him, and believed in him without hesitation.

The Prophet never forgot what she did for him. Years after her death, he would constantly remember her, saying, “She believed in me when everyone else rejected me, she believed in me when everyone else called me a liar.” His love for her was truly undying.


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Four Keys to The Most Successful Marriage

What are the four main attributes of the marriage of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings upon him) and Khadija (may Allah be pleased with her)? Ustadha Zaynab Ansari discusses them in these four part series for the Muslimah Media Series.

Engagement

Support

Eternal Love

Devoted Parents

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Khadijah: The First Believer

The First Believer: A Pillar of Support and Strength

Khadijah was the first believer in the message that Prophet Muhammad ﷺ brought. This was a time of intense trials and tribulations for him. Her support in those early days was crucial and helped establish Islam on solid footings. Habib Muhammad al-Saqqaf presents Khadijah’s biography in this series of short lectures.
Our thanks to Fattabioni for these recordings.

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Khadijah – She Who Believed in The Prophet ﷺ Before He Believed In Himself

Khadijah - the first convert to IslamWho believed in the Prophet ﷺ before he believed in himself? Who is the first ‘convert’ to Islam before anyone else? It was Khadijah, may Allah be pleased with her.
Khadijah believed. Her belief empowered her. She supported her husband ﷺ long before he was revealed as a prophet, because she had wisdom and foresight. In those terrifying moments after Angel Gabriel brought the first Qur’anic revelation to the prophet, it was Khadijah who fostered calm and clarity.
Who was this incredible woman and what can her example teach us in these times of confusion and turmoil?

A Role Model For Women and Men

Ustadha Anse Tamara Gray argues in this video from Mishkáh, that we need more women and men to imbibe these qualities if we are going to meet the challenges of our time.

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A Timeless Love – The Prophet ﷺ and Khadijah, by Habib Ali al-Jifri

Habib Ali on The Prophet and KhadijahHabib Ali Al-Jifri beautifully recalls the loving companionship of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ and his loyal wife Khadijah. He explains how this love story began and continued even after she passed away; and most importantly, what lessons we can learn from this story for our own marriages.
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This video was recorded for the “Love & the Beloved” CelebrateMercy webcast about the Prophet Muhammad’s ﷺ married life. See more videos at CelebrateMercy.com and subscribe to on YouTube.

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