The following dialogue took place between Warqa bin Noufal and Khadija bint Khuwaylid (wife of Prophet Muhammad PBUH): Khadija: Cousin...were you joking when you said that the light of prophecy will come out of my house? Warqa: I swear I did not, Khadija. Torah and Bible sources have pointed that the light of prophecy will come out of Makkah in these days. Khadija: Will it be one of my children? Warqa: No. Khadija: A husband, then? Warqa: I know not. Why are you so keen on knowing? Khadija: Because my cousin Hakeem ibn Hezam proposed to me. Could he be the light of the prophecy the Bible and Torah refer to? Warqa: I do not know. But Hakeem prays to idols, and Allah’s light through his messengers would never allow that. Accordingly, Khadija rejected her cousin’s proposal, and he inquired: Hakeem: Is there anyone in the Quraish who deserves you more? Khadija: Dear cousin, you are truly fine and one of the most generous. But I have an orphan son to take care of.
Hakeem: You are the richest in Quraish and you will easily find somebody to take care of him. You can even hire slaves and servants to do so.
Khadija: Dear cousin, I have no wish to get married. Hezam then left Makkah and travelled to the Levant. A while later, he accidentally met Khadija’s servant, Maysarah:
Hakeem: Well, Maysarah. Has Abu Taleb come out for trading this year? Maysarah: Why do you ask? Hakeem: Because I see his nephew Muhammad standing near the camels.
Maysarah: They are your cousin Khadija’s camels. Hakeem: Why is Muhammad standing near them?
Maysarah: He works for my lady as she had heard about his honesty and truthfulness. Hakeem: Well, she made a good choice.
Maysarah: One day, she summoned me and started asking about Muhammad, then asked me to bring him over. He was too shy to look her into the eye when she asked him to run her business.
Soon the convoy returned to Makkah and Maysarah rushed to his lady:
Maysarah: Milady, although scores of people were responsible for your business on various previous trips, we have never made as much profit as with Muhammad.
Khadija: I am happier to hear about his manners during the trip.
A few days later, Abu Taleb proposes for Khadija on behalf of his nephew Muhammad (PBUH), and Warqa announces the news amongst the Quraish:
Warqa: Oh, people of Quraish, be my witnesses that I have given Quraish’s chaste woman to Quraish’s honest man in marriage.
And yes, a few years later, the light of Muhammad’s (PBUH) prophecy shines from Khadija’s house!