Khadijah Bint Khuwaylid is The Best Women of Mainkind (May Allah be pleased with her)
“Give Khadija the
good tidings that
she will have a palace
made of pearls in
Paradise and there
will be neither noise
nor trouble in it”
(Sahih Bukhari 27:19).
Khadija bint Khuwaylid, may Allah be pleased with her, was a woman of
the ages, from whom we can learn much. The first wife of the Prophet
Muhammad, peace be upon him, she is considered in popular thought
on the historical roles of women in Islam, as a symbol of women’s piety, chastity
and belief in God, as well as a model wife who unconditionally supported her
husband. She embodied these attributes, and so much more, to which we can
If we understand Khadija’s life from a vantage point that respects her station,
her relationship to the Prophet and her own relationship to God, we will make
sense of her life as an empowered woman in a deeply patriarchal world in which
Islam was just beginning to bring about the revolution of human equality.
While the Prophet remains for both women and men a model human being,
the model believer in God, the stories of his life as a man who lived more than
1400 years ago, can at times be inaccessible to today’s women. If the Prophet is
al-insan al-kamil (the perfect, complete human being) then the figure of Khadija
can function as the complete woman.
She is certainly not a parallel female prophetic figure; however, on the level
of women’s expression of faith, when we read Khadija’s life story holistically
we are presented with a uniquely female way of being Muslim. It is a way that
is inspirational, not merely because of Khadija’s piety, wealth and role as a wife,
but also because she faced and overcame numerous obstacles that are familiar to
women in our own 21st century context.