The Prophet's first wife (Khadijah)
What was her name?
Khadijah, Daughter of Khuwaylid
How old was she?
She was 40 years old when married prophet Muhammad.
Who was her father?
Her father was Khuwaylid ibn (son of) Asad ibn Abdul-`Uzza ibn Qusayy
belonged to the clan of Banu Hashim of the tribe of Banu Asad.
Who was her mother?
Khadijah's mother, who died around 575 A.D., was Fatima daughter of Za'ida ibn al-Asam of Banu `Amir ibn Lu’ayy ibn
Was she previously married/divorce?
Some historians believe that she previously had married
twice.(although some historian believe she hadn’t any husband before
How did the prophet come to know her?
Read the following text to obtain some information:
...Since Khadijah did not travel with her trade caravans, she had always
had to rely on someone else to act as her agent to trade on her behalf
and to receive an agreed upon commission in return. In 595 A.D.,
Khadijah needed an agent to trade in her merchandise going to Syria,
and it was then that a number of agents whom she knew before and
trusted, as well as some of her own relatives, particularly Abu Talib,
suggested to her to employ her distant cousin, Muhammadibn Abdullah
(ص). Muhammad (ص) did not have any practical business experience, but
he had twice accompanied his uncle, Abu Talib, on his trade trips and
keenly observed how he traded-, bartered, bought and sold and
conducted business. After all, the people of Quraish were famous for
their involvement in trade more than in any other profession. It was
not uncommon to hire an agent who did not have a prior experience; so,
Khadijah decided to give Muhammad (ص) a chance. He was only 25 years
Someday , Khadijah sought the advice of a friend of hers named Nufaysa daughter of Umayyah. The latter offered to approach him on her
behalf and, if possible, arrange a marriage between them. Nufaysa came
to Muhammad (ص) and asked him why he had not married yet. "I have no
means to marry," he answered. "But if you were given the means," she
said, "and if you were bidden to an alliance where there is beauty,
wealth, nobility and abundance, would you not then consent?!" "Who is
she?!" he excitedly inquired. "Khadijah," said Nufaysa. "And how could
such a marriage be mine?!" he asked. "Leave that to me!" was her
answer. "For my part," he said, "I am willing." Nufaysa returned with
these glad tidings to Khadijah who then sent word to Muhammad (ص)
asking him to come to her. When he came,
She said to him:
O son of my uncle! I love you for your kinship with me, and for that
you are ever in the center, not being a partisan among the people for
this or for that. And I love you for your trustworthiness, and for the
beauty of your character and the truth of your speech. Then she
offered herself in marriage to him, and they agreed that he should
speak to his uncles and she would speak to her uncle, Amr son of
Asad, since her father had died. It was Hamzah, despite being
relatively young, whom the Hashemites delegated to represent them on
this marriage occasion, since he was most closely related to them
through the clan of Asad; his sister, Safiyya, had just married
Khadijah's brother, `Awwam. It was Abu Talib,Prophet Muhammad's uncle, who
delivered the marriage sermon saying,.. . For further information
refer to the following source.