asal wrote:I never heard before that Khadija was Mohamad's employer. Was that passed down in Hadith?
his employer. She was a rich widow. He was a poor member of a great family. She looked with favour upon him, and saw his many great qualities. She then hired him to run her trading caravans for her. He did it very successfully indeed, and she then married him. That was a great turning point in his life. Thereafter, many doors opened for him, and he became a rich and respected and very shrewd trader and merchant. He actually belonged to the capitalist class, but when he turned against the idols in Mecca, the rich capitalists, of whom he had been one, turned against him, because the idols brought people to the Kaaba, and the people brought trade, commerce, and money.
But the good qualities of the Prophet were noticed and admired from the very beginning. He must have been a phenomenally charismatic individual, who made a profound impression on people. He soon earned the name 'Al Amin', or the Trustworthy. People were struck by his methodical, deliberate and sensible ways. The impetus he gave to the Faith was so strong that it spread to the very edges of the known world, before exhausting that impetus.
No small achievement, I'd say. In fact nobody in the whole World comes even close to the influence he exerted on the planet. And that influence continues to grow, phenomenally. If you measure greatness by influence, then he was a giant amongst giants.