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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