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Our Mother Khadija after marriage

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Question: Did our mother Khadija (Allah be well pleased with her) work after she married the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace)?

Answer:

Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,

Dear questioner,

Thank you for your important question.

Allah knows best, but it seems like she still kept her business going either by herself or with the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) as her agent as she did before they got married.

What is clear, though, is that she had significant wealth. While praising her after her death, the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) said that she helped him financially when everyone turned their backs on him (mana’ani al-nas). (Musnad Ahmad, ed. Shaykh Shu’ayb al-Arna’ut) This also tells us that he must have had his own independent source of income that was then stunted by his prophethood and the treatment he received from the Quraysh. This would give the sense that he did not take over her business. But, again, Allah knows best.

Please also see:
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/hanafi-fiqh/is-my-wife-obligated-to-give-me-her-income/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/marriage/can-a-husband-prevent-his-wife-from-working/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/general-counsel/financial-help-from-relatives/
https://seekersguidance.org/answers/marriage/do-i-have-to-cook-and-clean-for-my-husband-if-i-work-too/

I pray this helps.

[Ustadh] Farid

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years, he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language.

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