07-01-2007, 11:57 AM
AsalamuAlaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Wa Maghfiratuh,
The Prophet Ayyub (as) was one of the descendants of Prophet Ibrahim (as) and the nephew of Prophet Ya'qub (as). He was sent to take care of and amen the characters of those who lived in the eastern side of Palestine. When Ayyub (Job) was chosen to be the Prophet he taught others about God and Islam, he guided people to do good and stay away from evil. At first many did not believe him, however with time believers in Islam increased. He was a successful man who had firm faith in Allah (Swt). He was the owner of various farms, had enormous wealth, several cattle and valuable property though these things did not make him an arrogant person. The Prophet Ayyub (as) was a model of humility and had great faith in Allah (Swt). He was very patient alhamdhulillah. He suffered from some misfortunes but did not complain about these.
One day his big farm was attacked by the thieves. They killed many of his servants and carried away all his cattle. The Prophet Ayyub (as) did not feel sorry at this loss and thanked Allah (swt) instead. After some time the roof of the house fell down and many members of his family were crushed. The Prophet Ayyub (as) although shocked held fast to his faith in Allah (swt). He neither shed a tear nor heaved a sigh. He prostrated before the Almighty Allah (swt). He remarked that possessions and children were the gifts from Allah (swt). If He had taken His things, it was useless to lament over their loss. A few years later Prophet Ayyub (as) suffered from skin disease. He had many ugly looking ulcers on his face and hands. The sores were full of worms. It is narrated that he picked up those worms which fell from his abscess and praised Allah (swt) for creating them. Above all, his false friends attributed his calamities to his sins. They ridiculed and looked down upon him. All the persons deserted him with the exception of his faithful wife, Rahima. She also grew tired of him in the long run and prayed for his death. She cursed her husband for retaining integrity in Allah. When Prophet Ayyub (as) was in an extremely weak condition he prayed:
"Truly adversity has afflicted me and You are Most Merciful of all who show mercy." (21: 83)
Allah (swt) accepted his prayer. The Holy Qur'an affirms:
"Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from which he suffered, and We gave him his household and the like thereof along with them, a mercy from Our store and remembrance for the worshippers." (21: 84)
Allah turned to him with mercy. He was directed to strike the earth with his foot. He obeyed the order and water from the spring gushed forth. He took a bath with the water and got cured from his evil disease subhanAllah. After this he was restored to prosperity. The Prophet Ayyub (as) knelt and prayed expressing a deep sense of gratitude to Allah (swt). He never forgot His favors, mercy and love. The Prophet Ayyub (as) was one of the celebrated Prophets. His example illustrates: that those who remain patient under the stress of all circumstances, are never deprived of high rewards. The Holy Qur'an affirms:
"And surely we try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and crops, but give glad-tidings to the steadfast, who when a misfortune befalls them, say lo! we are Allah's (possession of Allah) and to Him shall we surely return. · Such are they on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy. Such are the rightly-guided." (2: 155-157)
WalaykumSalaam Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh Wa Maghfiratuh.
07-01-2007, 12:11 PM
Mashallah really nice article,
Jazakallah Khair for sharing :)
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