MARRIAGE

The trustworthiness, virtue, honesty and truthfulness of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) was praised by every tribe and individual in Makkah. His dignified character and sincerity had won the heart of Hazrat Khadeejah-binte-Khuwaylid (R.A.), who was pretty, rich and widowed. Many noblemen of the Quraish desired to marry her. But she declined because she had developed great affection and respect for Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) on account of his character.

Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.) sent two of her friends, Aatikah-binte Abdul Muttalib and Nafeesh-binte-Ummayya, with a marriage proposal to Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him). As a mark of respect, Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) consulted his uncle Abu Taalib, and gladly accepted the proposal. Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.) was forty years old and Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) was twenty-five.

Abu Taalib gathered all heads of the tribes of Makkah and members of the Banu Hashim family and proceeded to the house of Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.). A large assembly of friends and relatives of Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.), including Umar-bin-Asad and Waraqah-bin-Nawfal awaited them.

Abu Taalib performed the Nikah and delivered the historical Nikah Khutbah (Sermon) which was noted for its praise of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) and of the high regard in which he was held by the elders of Makkah. Abu Taalib offered twenty camels as dowry for Hazrat Khadeejah. Waraqah-bin-Nawfal  (R.A.) also delivered a Khutbah (Sermon). Umar-bin-Asad represented Hazrat Khadejjah (R.A.) as her Wakeel (representative) and accepted four hundred misqaal (20 misqaal being equivalent to 4.37 grams of gold), as Mehr (dowry) on behalf of Hazrat Khadeejah (R.A.) and gave her away as wife of Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him). Thus the rite of 'proposal' and 'acceptance' was completed. Rasulullah (peace and blessing be upon him) had two sons, Qasim and Abdullah, both of whom passed away in childhood.They had four daughters, Zaynb (R.A.) Umme-kulthum (R.A.) Ruqayya (R.A.) and Faatimah (R.A.)

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