The book is about the biography of the first wife of the prophet of Islam, Khadija. It gave the comprehensive insight of her life from her birth to her character, her marriages, her children, business activities, philanthropy works and so on.
She was a rare gem to her husband and family members and the community as a whole. She embodied all qualities that are not easy for women to achieve during her era because Arabs in the ignorance age devalued and did not respect women. Khadija (RA) supported the Prophet (SAW) from the onset of their marriage till she left this world.
She was born in the year 555CE, and her father was Khuwaylid Ibn Asad while her mother was Fatima Bint Za’idah. She was not affected by the filth of ignorance of her period. She led a chaste and dignified life. She was called Al Tahira- Pure and Clean.
I particularly love the vivid description of places as they were in that era by the author, and I felt as if I was part of that era. The life story of Khadija(RA) will serve as a model for young and older women alike in all aspects of their lives such as humbleness-though she was from a noble home, she addressed all equally without prejudice. Some of her other enviable characters were perseverance, strength, dependability, intelligence and astute entrepreneurship. All these we need in this modern days to be able to juggle family and work lives together.
Apart from the various names in Arabic and complex family relationships, the language is simple, hence easy to listen to and understand without thinking twice . My favourite part of the story was when Umar Ibn Al-Khatab accepted Islam. It was simply beautiful. A part of the book made me shed tears due to the emotions involved. It was the strength of love between Zainab (one of Khadija’s(RA) daughters sired by the Prophet [SAW]) and her husband.
The narration gripped me and kept me listening on till the end. My least favourite part is when some of the nobles of that era tortured new reverts.
I suggest this book to everyone, including Non-Muslims because lessons from the life history of one of the greatest women who lived this earth are worth emulating. I rate this book a five out of five read.
You can get the different format of the book here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Khadija-First-Muslim-Prophet-Muhammad-ebook/dp/B004N84O3O.
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