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The virtues of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) became so clear that his integrity, loyalty and truthfulness gained great favour with the people of Makkah.

Hazrat Khadeejah-binte-Khuwaylid (R.A.) was a very rich business woman of Makkah and her trade extended to the realms of Syria (Shaam), Iraq and Yemen. She was so overwhelmed with Rasulullah's (peace and blessing be upon him) sublime character that she sent her nephew Qatima to him to find out if Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) would accept a post as her trade agent. Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) consulted his uncle Abu Taalib and accepted Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.)'s proposition. She arranged a reasonable salary and Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) set out on his second journey to Syria (Shaam), accompanied by Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.)'s slave Maysarah and one of her relatives, Khazima-ibn-Hakeem.

When Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him)'s caravan camped at a site in Syria, Nasturaa, a monk, showed more than ordinary interest in Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) and declared that according to their scriptures, Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) was the expected 'Last of all Nabees'. The trade mission to Syria proved so profitable that Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.) was overcome with admiration for Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) . In due course, he made several other trips to Bahrain, Yemen and Syria each time returning with greater profit.

The exemplary character of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) was evident in many of his noble deeds. When his uncle Abu Taalib was hard pressed and in difficulty in a famine period, Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) requested that he let him take custody of his children. Thus Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) took care of Hazrat Ali-ibn-Abu Taalib while Hazrat Abbas (R.A.) cared for Hazrat Jafar-ibn-Abu Taalib.

Zaid-bin Haarith was a slave given to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) by Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.). One day Zaid's father Haarith and his uncle Ka'ab came to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) to request the release of Zaid. Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him)readily granted Zaid his freedom. But Zaid refused to part from Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) . Seeing this , Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) promptly took Zaid with him to the court-yard of the Ka'bah and proclaimed Zaid as his own son before the people of Makkah.

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