Hazrat Khadija (pbuh) submitted to Islam upon the very first days in which Islam came into existence; she made the greatest efforts as a perfect, wise and magnanimous woman. Therefore, she is distinguished as the first believer of Islam. Eventually, she spent all her wealth on inviting people to Islam and promoting the religion. The significance of Khadija’s role can only be understood by those who have experienced the responsibility of contributing aid, to fighters, during times of conflict and repression. Had it not been for the financial assistance Hazrat Khadija (peace be upon her) offered, Islam’s movement and progress might have faced major impediments. Later Khadija, Prophet Muhammad (pbut) and his Muslim followers migrated, by force, to the Shib Abi Talib (Abi Talib Valley); it was here that she endured an arduous and exhausting life, for a few short years; finally, she passed away while in exile and under boycott.
Statements made during a Friday sermon, May 23, 1986