16.The Year of Sorrow.
Soon after the end of the boycott, in the tenth year of Prophethood, Abu Talib, the Prophet’s supportive uncle and Khadijah, the beloved wife of the Prophet (peace be upon him) both died. They had both been good companions noted for their loyalty, support and dedication.
Throughout the years, Abu Talib, though not accepting Islam, was always there as an external supporter, protecting the Prophet (peace be upon him) from any attacks of the Quraish. At the same time, Khadijah was always there as personal support, comforting and encouraging the Prophet during all his hardships.
Now that they had both died, the Prophet (peace be upon him) experienced great sadness, and this is why this year came to be known as “The Year of Sorrow”.