Prophet Ayyub (Job) was a descendant of Prophet Ibrahim offspring. This is because Allaah says:
"And we bestowed upon him (Ibrahim) Ishaq and Yaqoub, each of them we guided. And before him, we guided Nuh, and among his progeny Dawud, Sulayman, Ayyub... Thus do we reward the good-doers." (Q6:83-84).
He was praised by Allaah for his virtues and worship even under very difficult conditions.
Allaah the Most High says:
"Truly! We found him patient. How excellent a slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!" (Q38:44)
Perhaps you are wondering why Allaah praised Ayyub so much? Read on!
Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) was a wealthy man. He had plenty of livestock (cattle, sheep and goats) and crops. He also had many children and beautiful houses. Despite all these wealth, he did not neglect the worship of Allaah his Lord in the least. Ayyub (peace be upon him) was a sincere and devout worshipper. Allaah says:
Prophet Ayyub (peace be upon him) continued to enjoy his wealth and the company of his family until one day Allaah willed a test for him. He permitted the Shaytaan to try him.
These tests affected his body, his wealth and his children. He became sick and no person was willing to touch him, he lost all his wealth and all his children died be upon him) was Then, Ayyub (peace be upon him) became a man who had nothing to cure him of his sickness after having so much except his wife who remained faithful and devouted to him because she was righteous and a believing servant of Allaah.
This is another good example for you to follow: Marry only those who are righteous. When his sickness became serious and there was nothing to eat at home, she began to work for people as a paid servant and she fed and served him for nearly eighteen years. How good a wife! In the meantime, Prophet Ayyubs sickness continued to increase until finally all his friends, relatives and strangers abandoned him and threw him in the refuse dump except for his wife and two men who were the closest of his brothers to him. They used to visit him every morning and every evening. One day, these two men were conversing and one of them said to the other: "You know by Allaah! That (Ayyub is being punished) because he committed a great sin which nobody in the world ever committed." His companion said: "Why are you saying that". He (the first man) said: "(How can it be that) for eighteen years he has been suffering and. Allaah has not had mercy upon him and relieve him." But Ayyub (peace be upon him) was not the type to disobey his Lord, for everything he does he was always repentant.
Allaah says: "Verily, he was ever oft- returning in repentance (to Us)! (Q38:42).
His condition continued to get worse but Prophet Ayyub (peace and blessing be upon him) had the utmost patience and he is the best example for that. Rather than complain, he turned his heart to the remembrance of Allaah. This is yet another lesson for you. Whatever happens to you, always give thanks to Allaah and do not think that Allaah mercy and forgiveness will not reach you. The times went by and when it was time for his healing in the divine decree of Allaah, he (Prophet Ayyub) was inspired and he prayed to his Lord saying:
"Verily, distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy." (Q21 :83)
Ayyub (peace and mercy be upon him) prayed, but were his prayers accepted and what happened thereafter? This and more will come insha Allaah in the next edition. Stay tuned.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited