Story No. 143 – Hazrat Mohammed’s (saw) journey to Damascus (Second business trip around 23 years of age)
When the commercial caravan of the Quraish was ready to start moving towards Damascus (Syria) and Hazrat Mohammed (saw), too, had made provisions for the trip and was about to join the caravan, Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid ordered her servant, Mysara, to accompany him to Damascus and be always ready to serve him.
Obviously, it is not possible to explain in detail this historical journey, and we content ourselves with mentioning the following points: This journey brought about many blessings and much good fortune, such as enormous profits in commerce, the manifestation of Hazrat Mohammed’s (saw) wonderful personality to the people in the caravan, the meeting with the Christian monk, the prediction of his prophecy, and the preliminary causes of an auspicious matrimonial union. When the trading was over, the caravan returned from Damascus.
Mysara explained the trip to Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid in detail, reporting the huge, unprecedented profits they had gained. She also spoke about Hazrat Mohammed’s (saw) excellent character and his generosity, as well as his many other virtues manifested during this journey.
Upon hearing this and hearing about the predictions of a learned Jewish man about his divine character and his marriage with the most honorable woman of the Quraish, Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid not only started to cherish his love in her pure heart, but also came to realize that he was her ideal husband.
Also, her uncle, Warqa ibn Nawfal, had talked to her about the predictions of the last prophets and about the good news of his marriage with Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. These words, too, added to her love and enthusiasm.
But how was she to talk to him about her desire and heavenly affection? This was not so easy for Hazrat Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, who was herself the most respected woman of the Quraish.