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Seeratul Mustafaa (64)

After these initial stages of preparation, when it was time to demolish the original structure, nobody had the courage to stand and break down the house of Allah. Eventually, Waleed bin Mugheerah, took a shovel, stood and proclaimed before Allah Ta‘ala:

اللهم لا نريد الا الخير

O Allah! Our intentions are nothing but good (i.e. our intention in breaking the divine house is not evil – Allah forbid)!

In order to avoid any person being deprived of the noble task of reconstructing the Ka‘bah, the reconstruction was distributed among the various clans. Hence, each portion of the Ka‘bah was assigned to a different clan.

The portion near the door was assigned to the Banu ‘Abd-e-Manaaf and the Banu Zuhrah. The area between the Hajr-e-Aswad and Rukn-e-Yamaani was allocated to the Banu Makhzoom and other tribes of the Quraish. The rear portion of the Ka‘bah was allocated to the Banu Jumah and the Banu Sahm, whilst the Hateem section was assigned to the Banu ‘Abd-ud-Daar bin Qusayy, ibn Asad and the Banu ‘Adi.

The third reconstruction of the Ka‘bah occurred five years before the prophethood of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) when he was thirty-five years old. On this occasion, it was the Quraish who reconstructed the Ka‘bah.

The original structure erected by Nabi Ebrahim (‘alaihis salaam) was roofless and the walls were not very tall, being just above the average height of a man, approximately nine hands in height. Over the passage of time, the structure had become old and was in need of reconstruction. Due to it lying on low ground, all the rainwater would flow into the structure and fill it. This is why the Quraish decided to rebuild the Ka‘bah.

From the beginning of the world until this present era, the Ka‘bah was reconstructed five times.

Initially, it was constructed by Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam). Hazrat ‘Abdullah bin ‘Amr bin ‘Aas (radhiyallahu ‘anhuma) reports that Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) said, “Allah Ta‘ala sent Hazrat Jibraa’eel (‘alaihis salaam) to command Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) to build the Ka‘bah. When Hazrat Aadam (‘alaihis salaam) completed building the Ka‘bah, he was instructed to walk around it in tawaaf. He was also informed, ‘You are the first man and this is the first house erected for people to worship Allah Ta‘ala.’”

At the time of his blessed nikaah to Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) was twenty-five years old whilst Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu) was forty. The mahr (dowry) was fixed at twenty camels. However, according to Seerat Ibn Hishaam and Hafiz Abu Bishr Dawlaami (rahimahullah), the stipulated mahr (dowry) was twelve and a half ooqiyah of silver. Each ooqiyah is equivalent to forty dirhams. Hence, the total dowry was five hundred dirhams. This was the first nikaah of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) whilst it was Hazrat Khadijah’s (radhiyallahu ‘anha) third.

Insha Allah, we will discuss this in more detail in the chapter pertaining to the Azwaaj-e-Mutahharaat (the blessed wives of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam).

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/112)

On the decided date of the nikaah, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) proceeded to the home of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) with his uncles, Abu Taalib and Hazrat Hamzah (radhiyallahu ‘anhu), and a few other seniors of the family. The father of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) had passed away before the battle of Fujjaar. Her uncle (father’s brother), ‘Amr bin Asad, was present at her nikaah.

Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) went to Waraqah bin Nawfal and explained to him the incidents that transpired during the journey of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam), the statement of the monk and the manner in which the angels were shading him. Waraqah remarked, “O Khadijah! If these incidents are true, then most certainly Muhammed is the prophet of this ummah. I am well aware that a Nabi will come to this ummah whom we are awaiting and whose arrival is imminent.”

After hearing of these incidents, the desire entered the heart of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) to marry Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). Hence, two months and twenty five days after his arrival from the Syrian trade journey, she sent a proposal to Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam). After consulting his uncle, Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) accepted this proposal.

(Extracted from Seeratul Mustafa 1/111)

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) returned from Syria, it was afternoon and two angels were shading him. When Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha), who was on the upper floor, saw Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) coming in this extraordinary state, she showed the women who were present the very same sight at which they all began to marvel and express astonishment.

When Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) reached Busraa, he sat in the shade of a tree. A monk by the name of Nastoora lived in that area. On seeing Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam) beneath this tree, he approached him and said, “From Hazrat ‘Isa bin Maryam (‘alaihis salaam) until this moment, no prophet besides you has sat beneath this tree.” He then remarked to Maysarah, “He (Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alaihi wasallam)) has this redness in his eyes.” Maysarah replied, “This redness never leaves his eyes.”

The monk said:

هو هو وهو نبي وهو آخر الأنبياء

“Yes, surely this is the same Prophet. This is the final Messenger of Allah Ta‘ala.”

Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) was a wealthy woman from one of the noble clans of the Arabs. Due to her noble lineage, purity and chastity, the people would call her by the title ‘Taahirah’ (the pure one) during the times of ignorance as well as the era of Islam.

When the Quraish would dispatch their trade caravans, Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) would also entrust her wealth to some person with whom she would form a ‘mudaarabah’ (business partnership). The goods of Hazrat Khadijah (radhiyallahu ‘anha) were equal to the combined goods of all the Quraish.

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