In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
'And found you in want and made you to be free from want (through Khadija's wealth)' (Al-Quran).
Lady Khadija (s.a.), the wife, the companion and the friend of Muhammad Mustafa (pbuhhf), the Messenger of Allah, and the benefactress of Islam and Muslims, fell ill. Her illness was brief and fatal. All her days she had lived in the midst of abundance and luxury but the three years of exile had been a time of excessive austerity for her, which inevitably took its toll.
She was the first woman to declare that the Creator was one, and that Muhammad (pbuhhf) was His Messenger. The glory and honor of being the first female believer in the whole world, is hers to all eternity.
"Islam did not rise except through Ali (a.s.)'s sword and Khadija (s.a.)'s wealth," (Hadith). When Islam came under mounting pressure from its enemies, Khadija (s.a.) sacrificed her comforts, her wealth and her home for it; and now it would appear that she sacrificed her life, too, in the way of Islam. Without a doubt, if she had lived in her palatial house in Mecca, surrounded by her maidservants, she might have lived for many more years. But she preferred to stand by her husband and his clan, and to share the hardships of life with them. During the siege, she had to endure not only the pangs of hunger and thirst but also the extremes of heat in summer and cold in winter; yet