An Open Letter to My Sisters in Islam: From Khadijah (R.A)

Shahid Siddiqi, Masjid Al Nabawi Al Sharif, Madinah Al Munawwarah (12 Apr 2015), CC BY SA-3.0.

Shahid Siddiqi, Masjid Al Nabawi Al Sharif, Madinah Al Munawwarah (12 Apr 2015), CC BY SA-3.0.

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Deeply saddened by the death of Khadijah, the Prophet Muhammad recalled her fondly, regarding her as though she were still in his presence. Despite his grief, the prophet continued to fulfil his duties as the Messenger of God. He remarried and even had several wives after – although his marriage with Khadijah remained monogamous for 25 years.

Aisyah, the prophet’s third, and possibly favourite wife, as scholars believe, was green with envy whenever the prophet mentioned Khadijah, for he would speak of her at great length, praising her and praying for her forgiveness. Aisyah never experienced feelings of natural feminine jealousy for any other wife of the prophet as she did for Khadijah (Ghadanfar, 30).

Truly, Khadijah bint Khuwaylid had a special place in the prophet’s heart. A successful businesswoman, a dutiful mother, and a loving wife who, in fact, asked for the Prophet’s hand in marriage, Khadijah is an iconic and exceptional role model, even today.

And where she shined in compassion and charity, Aisyah matched in wit and intelligence, pursuing her studies well into her adulthood. Her brilliance would serve her well, for she came to lead the Battle of the Camels in 656 CE, in a bid to restore the rightful Caliph and avenge Caliph Osman’s death.

Khadijah was a noble and outstanding woman in her time. And so was Aisyah, different as they are. Seemingly perfect and endlessly endearing, or purportedly astute and jealous, Khadijah and Aisyah embody characteristics of the remarkable and significant women they were. Our story, though fictitious, follows the events surrounding the Prophet, Khadijah and Aisyah, and endeavours to express these attributes, that make these two great women just that: great.


 Every good love story revolves around three
And the Prophet and his two wives fit perfectly
It is sad to say, this tale might not be true
But come with me on this journey, as I tell it to you.

Our story begins in early 600 CE
About a modest young man and a fair lady
He was a prophet, the love of her life
And she a merchant, his beautiful wife.

But like all good things that come to an end
Tragedy struck, and their time was spent

A long time all he knew was grief
For Fate stole his beloved in the night like a thief
But she would endure for as long as he lived
For she consumed his thoughts, his heart and his deeds

And so dear little Aisha, young and naive,
Was filled with jealousy and disbelief
For the love story her pure little heart had held so dear
Never had the chance to grow and mature

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From that day forth her mind was set
She would be his everything, she would be perfect
For she had vowed to take that coveted place in his heart,
And the brilliant young woman turned envy into an art

Before she knew it, her time was spent
On bitter thoughts she would soon come to resent
For their time together had so quickly passed
And her beloved Prophet breathed his last

Filled with despair, she wept and she cried
And stumbled upon a little jotter, worn, true and tried
What it concealed would change her life
Its words would abate her cavernous strife

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Aisyah’s dainty hands trembled, as she gripped the worn page
A pain like no other slowly displacing her rage
For their years together were wasted on anger and hate
How she yearned to take them back, but it was too late

Aisyah now understands Khadijah and her life better. All this time she was jealous and angry at Khadija, and also the prophet for always bringing her up, but she now realises the Khadijah was a big part of the prophet’s life. She was there from the beginning and his first wife. Khadija did a lot for the people and for the prophet in her time and her life was not always easy. Aisyah now realises that competing and being jealous of Khadija is unnecessary.

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THE END



References:

Ghadanfar, M.A. (2001). Great women of Islam who were given the good news of paradise. (M.Q Jamila, Trans.). Saudi Arabia, SA: Darussalam. (Original work published 2001) 

Rogerson, B. (2008). The heirs of Muhammad: Islam’s first century and the origins of the Sunni-Shia split. New York, NY: The Overlook Press. 

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Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. From Islam’s Women. Accessed on 30 March 2017. 

Did Waraqa Ibn Nawfal Teach The Prophet? From Islamic Awareness. (1999) Accessed on 02 April 2017.

Khadijah bint Khuwaylid – Mother of the Believers. From The Message. Accessed on 02 April 2017.

Khadijah (RA). From Hadith of the Day. (2012) Accessed on 31 March 2017.

Khadijah. From New World Encyclopedia. Accessed on 21 April 2017. 

7 Remarkable Things About Khadija, Wife of the Prophet of Islam. From The Huffington Post. Accessed on 18 April 2017. 

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Tarik & Julia Banzi. Al Andalus Ensemble - Secrets. (2014) Soundcloud. 

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