I Read: Fase Awal Penyebaran Islam — Khadijah: The True Love Story of Muhammad (Bahasa Indonesia)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

This chapter discusses the early phase of the spread of Islam. Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) spent a lot of time — to put it simply — meditating at the mountains and valleys near Mecca. One day, while he was ay the valley, the angel Gabriel came to him and taught him the way to pray.

I am just sidetracking here; it would have been great if camcorders had already been invented at that time. Currently, there are over 20 variations of the mandatory prayer and only one is the accurate one as exemplified by Gabriel to Muhammad. Alas, unless we make the effort to research on praying just like Muhammad, we might not know.

Back to my actual point of interest — Khadijah’s relationship with Muhammad — Khadijah was the first person to carry out the mandatory prayer after Muhammad and with him. That shows us just how deep her love and support for Muhammad is. She did not simply show her support for him as a messenger of God through her words but also through her actions. That is what a wife should for her husband.

Another lesson we can take away from this is that Allah deliberately chose Khadijah to be the first follower of Islam. Remember, Khadijah is a woman yet her status transcends the average man. That is how much women are valued in Islam so it is very disheartening when gender discourse pertaining to the treatment of women in Islam are framed within negative contexts.

And He is Knower of all things. – MM

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I Read: Risalah Kenabian — Khadijah: The True Love Story of Muhammad (Bahasa Indonesia)

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

This chapter talks about the period of time when Muhammad (peace be upon him) became a Prophet.

His daughters were growing up well and fast, with the author of the book attributing this fact to the love and attention that the Prophet and his wife gave to them.

Khadijah started getting Zainab who was about eight years old to help her out with the house chores and taking care of her younger sisters, especially the youngest, Fatimah, who was only a toddler.

What I really like about this is the exemplary parenting style. Yes, Muhammad and Khadijah have servants but they still carry out some of the house chores themselves so that their servants will not be overworked. Then they got their children to help out as well. What this does for children is that they are taught to have a sense of responsibility. A lot of parents these days, and I am speaking out of a teacher’s standpoint, tend to overlook the importance of non-academic lessons such as self-help skills, virtues, and so on. If you are able to impart values to your children from a very young age, it will be easier for you during their adolescence and adulthood.

That aside, you have to marvel at Khadijah’s strength to raise her children and at the same time provide the emotional support Muhammad needs when he thought he has gone crazy after the angel Jibril (Gabriel) revealed to him the message from Allah — that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.

Any other woman would have probably accused Muhammad of having gone crazy, albeit jokingly. However, Khadijah having complete faith in the goodness of her husband, reassured Muhammad that he has not gone insane. She also took him to her cousin Waraqah, who had read the Old Scriptures (in simpler understanding, the authentic Bible and maybe even Torah), which told of the last prophet sent to mankind. Waraqah confirmed that it is true the final prophet was to be sent to mankind to guide them back to the right path and that Muhammad showed many signs of prophethood.

This shows that Khadijah is very proactive. She took necessary steps to resolving a problem instead of feigning ignorance or denial.

There are many things we can learn from their relationship and the character of this great woman in Islam.

And He is Knower of all things. – MM

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I Recommend: A short post on Aasiyah

In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful.

I know, I’m single and childless but I have been thinking alot about a name for my future girl, if He wills it.

I have finally settled on Aaasiyah. Well, if I want to follow the phonetic rules, that would be the spelling. However, as a preschool teacher, I want to make it easy for her to learn her name so maybe Asiya would be the simplest. Even Asiyah doesn’t look too bad. Oh well, I will let my future husband decide the spelling then. Whoever he may be, if He wills it.

So the following is a short background info on a great female historical figure in Islam. It’s a shame sometimes that the world does not honour such women anymore.

http://idealmuslimah.com/personalities/pious/744-aasiyah-the-wife-of-pharaoh.html

Now I’m just left with thinking about a name for my future boy, if He wills it.

And He is Knower of all things. – MM

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