On Wednesday, April 21, 2021, the anniversary of Hazrat Khadija’s demise, the “International Conference Umm Al-Momenin Khadija Kobra (a.s.), First Lady of Islam” was held virtually with the speech of the thinkers of the Islamic world and with the message of the Grand Ayatollah Javadi Amoli.
In the conference, referring to the characteristics of Hazrat Khadija (a.s.), Hojat al-Islam Sayed Abdul Fattah Nawab, the representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage Affairs said, “Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) reached the levels of perfection in the land of ignorance. She had wisdom in that dark period and this wisdom led to the acquisition of divine grace.”
“One of the achievements of Islam is “Salam”. In the age of Jahiliyyah (ignorance), when people met, they used words such as “good morning” and “good evening”. The Prophet (p.b.u.h) turned these words into “As-salamu Alaykum”. “Salam” is the greetings of the heavenly beings,” Nawab stated, according to the Hajj website.
“Regarding greetings, the Almighty God instructed the Prophet to say “Salam” to the believers when they come to him, and tell them that God has written mercy on himself to treat you with pity. “When those who have faith in Our signs come to you, say, ‘Peace to you! Your Lord has made mercy incumbent upon Himself.” (Quran, Al-An'am: 54). Ziarat texts (written prayers) usually have three parts that begin with a greeting and continue with expressing the personality traits of the person we went on Ziarat (pilgrimage) for, and the final part is both a prayer and a request. The Prophets manners were such that when he went to visit the dead, he would say “Salam”,” continued the representative of the Supreme Leader in Hajj and Pilgrimage affairs.
“The level of the servant in which God says “Salam” to that servant, requires a special wisdom that Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) reached this position,” he said, stating that “Salam” is sometimes from a servant to another servant, sometimes the “Salam” of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) to a believing servant which is done by the command of God, and sometimes in a special level of a servant, God says “Salam” to that servant.
The Prophet told Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) that Gabriel had sent him a message to convey God’s “Salam” to Khadija (a.s.). When the Prophet (p.b.u.h) told this to Khadijah (a.s.), she replied, “God is Salam, from Him is Salam, and Salam to Gabriel”,” Nawab continued.
“Her wisdom is partly due to her family. Because she was one of the descendants of Ishmael (a.s.) and the descendants of Abd Manaf, and her family was mentioned in that land with greatness. Like the Prophet (p.b.u.h), Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) did not follow the polytheists and she was persecuted by the idolater polytheists. While this lady had all the characteristics of knowledge, worship, patience, forbearance, raising children and so on,” he said, explaining the issue of how Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) reached this position.
“According to Shiite and Sunni hadiths, Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) had both great wealth and special knowledge and understanding. When she got to know the Prophet (p.b.u.h), she herself proposed to Abdullah’s orphan,” he mentioned saying, “That lady of Islam, presented her box of documents to the Prophet on the first night of the marriage. The Prophet did not neglect Hazrat Khadija (a.s.), and sometimes sacrifice sheep and sent the meat to Khadija’s friends. Sometimes other women complained that God had given the Prophet better than Khadija. But the Prophet replied that no, God has never given him better than Khadija, and said, “She believed in me when everyone was away from me and left all his property at my disposal. He married Abdullah’s orphan and became Umm Al-Momenin, not to marry the Prophet and become Umm Al-Momenin”
“When the Prophet (p.b.u.h) was in the She’b (Valley) of Abi Talib (during the Quraysh boycott on Bani Hashem, Prophet Muhammad, and his followers), it was the property of Khadija (a.s.) that neutralized the sanctions and the siege. Therefore, when a person has wisdom, God also provides for him or her and includes His grace in him or her. Hence, the generation of the Prophet (p.b.u.h) continued only from Hazrat Khadija al-Kobra. Because Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) gave her property to the Prophet (p.b.u.h), God provided Kowsar to her,” he continued.
‘Another provision of God to Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) is that in history, God has only greeted Khadija (a.s.). He was the first person to acknowledge the Imamate of Imam Ali (a.s.). The message of the life of Hazrat Khadija (a.s.) is that the defense of the Imam and the truth should not be neglected in any way. She gave all her wealth and power, and God appreciated this good servant for her goodness and provided her with Kowsar,” Nawab clarified.
It should be mentioned that the “International Conference Umm Al-Momenin Khadija al-Kobra (a.s.), First Lady of Islam” is held and organized by the Deputy of Women of Cultural and Educational Committee of Arbaeen, AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, Arbaeen International Foundation, Al-Hawra Zainab Center affiliated with the Holy Shrine of Imam Hussein (a.s.), Qom Sisters Seminary, Sisters Seminary Management Center, Women, and Family Affairs Center of Razavi Research Foundation, Institute of Islamic Culture and Education affiliated with the Representation of the Supreme Leader in Universities, The World Forum for Proximity of Islamic Schools of Thought, Basij of professors of universities of Greater Tehran, Basij Organization for Students and Clerics, and Al-Mustafa International University.