The month of fasting is not without its
days of joy and sorrow. It has some important historical events which even
today continue to wield their influence on the daily life of Muslims.
The year preceding his migration to
Medina, the Prophet suffered two serious blows during Ramadhan, losing
within a few days those two stalwarts of early Islam, his loving wife Khadija
and doting uncle Abu Talib. The year is known in the annals of history as the Year
Umm-ul-Momineen Khadija needs no
introduction to Muslims. She married Muhammad (s.a.w.) years before the start
of his divine mission and at once believed in him when he was appointed to the
Prophethood by the Almighty. Thereafter, she sacrificed her fabulous wealth for
the propagation of Islam, and stood by her noble husband in all difficulties.
They made an excellent husband and wife pair for 27 odd years, and as long as
she was alive, he never took another wife.
By Khadija the Prophet had several
children including son Qasim through whom his Kunya (agnomen) Abul Qasim
is derived. But none of the children survived except daughter Fatima, through
whose two sons Imam Hassan and Imam Hussain (a.s.) Prophet Muhammad's noble
lineage (Seyyids) has spread out around the world.
The Prophet was nearly 53 years of age
when he lost Khadija and though he married several women later in life, these
were mere matrimonial alliances in view of the social or political necessities.
The following narration found in all authentic sources proves that he always
used to cherish the memory of that loyal woman who was the mother of his
Once when one of his wives, Ayesha,
questioned about Khadija, the Prophet replied:
"Allah did not give me a better
one than her. She was the mother of my children and the light of the house. She
believed in me when others denied me. She supported me with her wealth when
people deprived me. I