Story No. 153 – Khadijah bint Khuwaylid waiting for Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw)
What happened on the day of the beginning of the Prophet’s prophetic mission caused him to return home later than usual. Khadijah bint Khuwaylid, who had never observed her affectionate husband to be late, was worried. Suddenly she saw him enter the house but with quite a new expression and in a new mood. Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) was now excited and moved. Khadijah bint Khuwaylid asked him, ‘Why are you so late today?’
Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) explained the whole event to her. Khadijah bint Khuwaylid had long been expecting such a blessed day, for she had heard her servant, Mysara, quote from the Christian monk they had met on their journey to Damascus that he, Muhammad (saw), is the Prophet of Allah (SWT) to the people.
The Jewish and Christian priests had formerly given her the good tidings that Muhammad (saw) was to be a prophet and that he had a supreme status. So she got up and after making the necessary inquiries, contacted Warqa ibn Nawfal, who was a learned Christian person, and told him about the event. Warqa ibn Nawfal said, ‘I swear by God that the same great angel Gabriel (Jabra’il) who descended to Prophet Musa / Moses (pbuh), has descended unto him, and no doubt he is the prophet of these people, of this Ummah’.
Khadijah bint Khuwaylid then returned home and after brief consideration, accepted the prophecy of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw), thus attaining the honour of taking the lead in adopting the supreme faith of Islam among all the women of the world.
Imam Ali (as), the first male who came to believe in the prophet’s faith
At a time when a severe famine had broken out in Arabia, Abu Talib ibn Abd Al-Muttalib’s financial condition was difficult; indeed unbearable. To reduce his uncle’s financial problems, Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) took his son, Imam Ali (as), to his own house and took care of him and raised him like an affectionate father. Imam Ali (as) had great talent and peerless intelligence. He obeyed Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw) most sincerely. He soon became quite aware of the Prophet Muhammad’s truthfulness, and, so when he was but ten years old, he accepted the Prophet Muhammad’s faith with perfect awareness, thus becoming the first male to adopt Islam and to believe in the divine faith of Prophet of Islam, Muhammad (saw).