There are only four women in the entire world who have measured up to the lofty standards of real greatness and perfection set by Islam. They are:
1. Lady Asiya (s.a.), the wife of Pharaoh
2. Lady Mary (s.a.), the mother of Christ (a.s.)
3. Lady Khadija (s.a.), the daughter of Khuwailid
4. Lady Fatimah Zahra (s.a.), the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (p).
Lady Khadija (s.a.), the holy wife of The Lord of Prophets Hazrat Muhammad (p) and the mother of The Mistress of the Ladies of the Worlds, Lady Fatimah Zahra (s.a.), combined in herself all the attributes of those women, which add up to perfection. Malikatul Arab (the Queen of Arabs) was the ideal woman, the ideal wife for The Seal of Prophets [or the last prophet], Hazrat Muhammad (p), and the ideal mother.
Lady Khadija (s.a.) had a deep dedication to Islam, and love for and gratitude to Allah. She sacrificed all her wealth for Islam and stood by the side of her husband, the prophet of Islam. Holy prophet, Hazrat Muhammad (p) did not take another wife as long as Lady Khadija (s.a.) lived.
Muhammad bin Ishaq, the biographer of the Prophet (p), says that when Divine revelation was resumed after its cessation following the first two visits of Gabriel, Lady Khadija (s.a.) received a tribute and a salutation of peace from Almighty Allah. Gabriel communicated the message to Hazrat Muhammad (p) and when he conveyed it to Lady Khadija (s.a.), her words were: “Allah is Peace,