Islam & feminism - Khadijah bint Khuwaylid
She was the wife of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). - She was a successful and esteemed business woman, trading goods through the primary commerce centres at the time, from Mecca to Syria and to Yemen, hiring the most trustworthy men of character to brave the dangerous trade routes. Her business was larger than all of the Quraysh trades combined and the most acclaimed with a reputation of fair-dealing and high quality goods. She had a keen eye and was highly intuitive, earning the monikers, Ameerat Quraysh ("Princess of Quraysh") and al-Tahira ("The Pure One") due to her stellar reputation. Khadija knew what she was doing business-wise, never compromising her modesty or integrity to succeed in the male-dominated trades - hiring only those that could meet these standards. Glass ceiling? Khadijah shattered it 1, 400 years ago! - She turned down many marriage proposals, her keen sense of character left her picky; she resigned herself to being a widowed woman taking care of her family, until she asked the Prophet (pbuh) to marry her. Khadijah didn't need a husband to take care of her financially. And Muhammad (pbuh) did not have the means to seek a wife. She fell in love with him, and through a friend, asked him to marry her. - She was fifteen years older than Muhammad (pbuh), she was 40, her husband 25. -She was the first Muslim. She was greeted with "Salaam" (peace) by God Himself as well as the Angel Gabriel. She bequethed her wordly goods and put herself in the face of danger to stand by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) as Islam became established in the land. - She spent her worldly riches on the poor. In Islam, whether rich or poor, one's financial condition is a test. Khadijah gave her earnings to the poor and to the orphans, to the widows and the sick.
Khadijah was one of history's most remarkable women, the example she left for mankind remains timeless.
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