Mother of the Believers is the title given to the wives of Muhammad. It best suits Khadijah bint Khuwaylid. She was a wealthy merchant and a widow and Muhammad’s employer. Muhammad was twenty-five and Khadijah was forty when she proposed to him. The marriage between Khadijah and Muhammad was happy and monogamous. When he was on his journeys, Muhammad never felt a desire for other women. They had six children of which four daughters survived. Only after the death of Khadijah Muhammad re-married but he didn’t have children with his later wives.
According to Islamic accounts, Muhammad returned home to Khadijah in a state of terror after receiving his first revelation from what appeared to be the Archangel Gabriel. He told her what happened. She comforted him and supported him from then on. Khadijah’s moral support made Muhammad believe in his mission and her financial support was indispensable for the survival of Islam in its early days. Apart from a wife Khadijah was like a mother to Muhammad, which might be very similar to the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus as well as Eve and Adam. She may have been Muhammad’s boss in more than one way as she may have been an avatar of God.
Muslims claim that the Quran was revealed to Muhammad by God with the Archangel Gabriel being the intermediary. Historical analysis suggests that much of the Quran is derived from extant Jewish and Christian sources. Nevertheless some parts of the Quran can’t be explained in this way. The sudden rise of Islam is an enigma like the spread of Christianity. Muhammad’s mission seems to have been ordained by God.
There is not much evidence in the Quran for God being a woman but the Quran claims that God is the greatest schemer1 and capable of deception.2 The existence of different religions and theological disputes are part of the plan, the Quran claims. Jesus is called Son of Mary in the Quran3 while Christians call him Son of God. This is a remarkable coincidence because God’s name may have been Mary.
Except for Mary, the mother of Jesus, no woman is mentioned by name in the Quran. If God is the source of the Quran, and God has been many of the women mentioned in the Torah and the Gospel, She might have avoided speaking about Herself in the third person as much as possible. Sura 19 is dedicated to Mary. The Quran also claims that Mary was a virgin when she gave birth to Jesus. The virgin birth, which is the miracle of the Mother Goddess, is claimed to be one of God’s greatest miracles.
Sura 74 of the Quran is named The Hidden Secret or The Cloaked One. It is claimed that the number 19 is related to a hidden secret. The Arabic name for Sura 74 can both be translated to a hidden secret as well as a man wearing a cloak. The man wearing a cloak is Muhammad. The number 19 seems to refer to the number of angels guarding hell.4 But what could be the hidden secret? Sura 19 is named Mary. The hidden secret may be that God was a woman named Mary, a secret only God could know. The cloak may refer to God appearing to be a man while secretly being a woman.
Featured image: top small written Arab phrase “Umm ul Muminin”(Mother of the believers) then in centre Big written “Khadijah” and bottom small written Arab honoric (phrase or salawat) “Radhi allahu anha”.
1. for instance, Quran 3:54 [link], 7:99 [link], 8:30 [link], 10:21 [link], 13:42 [link]
2. for instance, Quran 4:88 [link], 5:41 [link], 11:34 [link], 14:4 [link]
3. for instance, Quran 2:87 [link], Quran 4:171 [link], Quran 61:6 [link]
4. Quran 74:31 [link]