According to my studies of Ibn Ishaq’s “Sirat Rassol^Allah”, the biography of Muhammad, I was struck by the fact that his first wife Khadijah bint Khwaylid (555 to 619 AD) had an enormous and lasting influence on both his theological learning and his psychology.
As far as I know, no one so far had addressed this extremely important subject that proves without a shadow of a doubt that the women of Arabia before Muhammad and his Islam had infinitely greater freedoms (of inheritance, politics, military, poetry, thought, dress, etc.) than they can ever have under Sharia.
Because she was a woman, the followers of Muhammad had purposefully neglected to high light her outstanding contributions to Muhammad’s self-perceived mission of creating the Quran as a scripture for his fellow pagan Arabs.
It was precisely because she was a woman that the details of her life were not extensively documented to the same level as those of many other Companions.
Dear readers, in fact and without the slightest exaggeration, neither Muhammad nor his Quran would have become part of history without Khadijah’s singular contributions.
Let us, as usual, look at the Muhammadan Muslim records themselves.
It was Ibn Ishaq’s “Sirat” that gave us the very earliest reports – as well as a great number of myths – about Muhammad and Khadijah on pages 82/83.
“Khadijah bint Khuwaylid was the best born woman of the Quraysh, of the greatest dignity and the richest because she was twice widowed and inherited great wealth”
Khadijah was a very rich and powerful merchant woman in her forties (45) when Muhammad was about 25 years of age. According to the so-called ‘Traditions’, Muhammad was a decent, honest and intelligent man. Because of his reputation, Khadijah employed him to take her goods to Syria and trade with them, in spite of the fact that the traditions also assert, that he was ILLITERATE meaning he could not read or write thus begging the important question of how he was able to calculate and or sign contracts?
After he returned with the merchandize, she was able to sell them at a great profit. It was Khadijah – contrary to the male dominated traditions of the Arabs – who proposed marriage to Muhammad, and he accepted.
As usual in Muhammadan Islam, controversy surrounds Khadijah’s children by her second husband and involves the other daughters or step-daughters of Muhammad. These daughters were Zainab, Ruqayya, and Ummu Kulthoom. Some historians say that these were Khadijah’s daughters by her second husband; whereas others insist they were her daughters by Muhammad. This is highly problematic considering Khadijah’s advanced age of 45 at the time she married Muhammad and the difficult living conditions and survival rates in Arabia at that time.
According to the traditions also – depending on which one -, Khadijah was a Hanifiyyah, that is one who was neither a Christian nor of the beliefs of the Jews but one who believed only in the God of Abraham.
It is extremely important that the readers should be made aware that the Christians and the Jews of Arabia were NOT foreigners but actually Aboriginal and Indigenous natives of Arabia who had willingly- without coercion – converted to these beliefs, centuries before Muhammad and his Quran but were subsequently destroyed and or exiled by Muhammad and his followers.
One of the most revealing Hadiths regarding Khadijah’s importance is part of the following when Muhammad allegedly encountered the angel Gabriel for the first time-
Sahih Al-Bukhari Hadith 1.3 Narrated by Aisha
Muhammad continued: Thereupon he caught me for the third time and pressed me, and then released me and said,
”Iqraa bismi rabbika^allathi khalaqa, khalaqa^al insane min alaq” ‘Read in the name of your Lord, who has created , created man from a clot”
Then Allah’s Apostle returned with the Inspiration and with his heart beating severely. Then he went to Khadija bint Khuwaylid and said, “Cover me! Cover me!”
They covered him till his fear was over and after that he told her everything that had happened and said, “I fear that something may happen to me.”
Khadija replied, “Never! By Allah, Allah will never disgrace you…”
Khadija then accompanied him to her cousin Waraqa bin Naufal who, during the Pre-Islamic Period became a Christian and used to write the writing with Hebrew letters. He would write from the Gospel in Hebrew as much as Allah wished him to write.
He was an old man and had lost his eyesight. Khadija said to Waraqa, “Listen to the story of your nephew, O my cousin!” Waraqa asked, “O my nephew! What have you seen?” Allah’s Apostle described whatever he had seen. Waraqa said, “This is the same one who keeps the secrets (angel Gabriel) whom Allah had sent to Moses”
It is imperative that the readers should at all times realize that both Muhammad’s Quran and Hadiths (stories about Muhammad) are replete with incredible occasions of historical anomalies, Biblical errors, Time and Place dislocations and or situational errors as in this case because according to the historical records, the angel Gabriel never appeared to Moses but to Mary the mother of Jesus, and if Warqa was truly a learned Christian, he would not have uttered such incredible drivel.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 117 Narrated by Ali ibn Abu Talib=
Khadijah asked Allah’s Apostle about her children who had died in the days of ignorance, that is before Muhammad’s Islam.
Thereupon Allah’s Messenger said: “They are in Hell Fire” and when he saw the sign of disgust on her face, he said: “If you were to see their station you would hate them”
She said: Allah’s Messenger, what about my child that was born of your loins?
He said: It is in Paradise.
Then Allah’s Messenger said: “Verily the believers and their children will be in Paradise and the unbelievers and their children in the Hell Fire”
Muhammad, Allah’s messenger, showed his usual legendary Compassion and Mercy by consigning innocent children to Hell’s Fires just because their parents were unbelievers/ kuffar/ infidels.
Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 6181 Narrated by Anas ibn Malik
The Prophet said, “Among the women of the universe, Mary, daughter of Imran, Khadijah, daughter of Khuwaylid, Fatimah, daughter of Muhammad, and Asiyah, the wife of Pharaoh are enough for you.”
As I have pointed out already, the errors in this verse are blatantly clear: 1. Mary the mother of Jesus was not the daughter of Imran (the Biblical Amram, the father of Mariam the sister of Moses 2000 years earlier. 2. Nowhere in the records of Egypt or in the Bible was given the name of the wife of the Pharaoh against Moses. This name Asiyah, was created by Muhammad since it is not even mentioned in the Quran.
Neither the Hebrew Bible nor the New Testament reference these falsehoods. Not a single one of them is based on facts or any kind of records that existed among the Arabs. Just the usual pure Lies and Mendacities of Muhammad who was after all addressing the most illiterate, superstitious and gullible Arabs at the time.
The following view of Khadijah can be found in the Shi’a book ‘Fatima The Gracious’:
“Khadijah’s financial support had a great role in strengthening Islam during its prime days, when it was still in the formation stage and critically needed material aid. Allah foreordained Khadijah’s property to help Islam and fulfil its goals”
Almost all of the stories regarding Muhammad’s wives are the product of concocted stories centuries after the death of Muhammad to create for Muhammad a family identical in its holiness and purity to that of Jesus and Mary.
The most important conclusions regarding Khadijah’s background show that contrary to the perverted and utterly false picture painted about the Jahiliah Arabs – before Muhammad’s Islam – regarding their women, are the following facts:
1 Khadijah was able to inherit her husbands’ wealth without the interference of any males of her family and most assuredly did not need Muhammad Qurans’ stipulations about inheritance that actually diminished women’s rights of inheritance as well as other rights.
2 She was able to act as a merchant without any male’s permission or interference
3 She was a very successful merchant in her own right, independent of any male
4 It was she after all who proposed to Muhammad instead of the traditional other way round
5 It was she who supported Muhammad throughout his life with her (24 years), contrary to the prevailing traditions
6 She was a very independent and assertive woman
7 She calmed him when he was disturbed
8 She encouraged him when he was afraid
9 She comforted him when he was unsure and saved him from committing suicide
10 As a Hanifiyah, she was already a believer in the One and Only God of Abraham.
11 She exerted enormous influence upon him away from his original paganism
12 Not a single woman in Arabia was forced to wear any clothing covering her body or her face until Muhammad
13 Her Christian relative Waraqa exposed Muhammad to both the Torah and the Gospels
14 Contrary to what the ‘traditions’ assert, Muhammad did not marry any other while she was alive not because he loved her so much but because she was socially and financially much more powerful than he was
15 In the end, Muhammad, as was his wont, paid the women of Arabia back with his usual ingratitude by reducing them to the level of sex slaves and or domestic animals.
Al Nisaa 4:34 “Men are in charge of women by what Allah has given one over the other and what they spend [for maintenance] from their wealth. So righteous women are devoutly obedient, guarding in [the husband’s] absence what Allah would have them guard. But those [wives] from whom you fear arrogance – [first] advise them; [then if they persist], forsake them in bed; and [finally], strike them. But if they obey you [once more], seek no means against them. Indeed, Allah is ever Exalted and Grand”
Not a single Imam or ‘scholar’ of Islam has had either the intellect or the veracity to be shocked at Muhammad’s verse above considering how without Khadijah’s wealth and support he (Muhammad) would not have been able to achieve the greatest and most devastating deception in human history; Muhammad’s Quran.
Without Khadijah’s moral, psychological and financial support, Muhammad would not have been able to compose his Quran or succeed in fooling hundreds of millions of people into believing that he was the messenger of Allah.
Al Baqara 2.240 “Those of you who (are about to) die leaving behind wives should make testament in their favour of one year’s provision without expulsion. If they themselves leave (of their own accord), there is no blame on you for what they may do of lawful deeds by themselves. Surely Allah is All-Glorious with irresistible might, All-Wise”
Nowhere in Pre Islamic history was there ever a record of wives being destitute or in submission to any other male after the death of their husbands just like Khadijah. It was Muhammad who single handily turned the free women of Arabia into slaves to their males by his Quran.
In fact, the female followers of Muhammad should revolt against all the oppressive, terrorizing and humiliating man made rules and regulations especially those who live in the Western democracies and throw away the shackles of enslavement that have been put around them.
Even when addressing the subject of Khadijah, the Islamic records of both Muhammad’s Quran and Sunnah (traditions about Muhammad) prove once more that nothing about the Quran is divinely inspired based entirely upon all the contradictions, abnormalities, inconsistencies, lies and errors that fill them. Image: Reuters