Last time we began the story of the leader of the patient ones (Imaamus-Sabireen) Prophet Ayyub (peace and blessing be upon him). He was steadfast and Allaah gave him wealth and children. Then, Prophet Ayyub was tried by Shaytaan and he lost all of his possessions. Then he became very, very ill and only three people remained with him: his wife and two close friends. Despite these trials, he remained very patient and then prayed to his Lord saying: "..Verily distress has seized me, and You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy." (Q21:83). Now let us continue with the story. Ayyub the Prophet of Allaah suffered this fate but his suffering was not to continue forever because Allaah says: "Verily! Along with every hardship is relief. Indeed along with every hardship comes relief." (Q94:5-6)
After 18 years, Allaah changed his condition to an even better one than before his trial as a reward for his patience and endurance and as a mercy and reminder to His sincere worshippers. Ayyubs prayers were answered as Allaah says: "...and We removed the distress that was on him, and We restored his family to him (that he had lost), and the like thereof along with them, as a mercy from Ourselves and a Reminder for all who worship Us." (Q21:84)
How was he cured? Anas bin Malik (RA) reports that the Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessing be upon him) said: "The Prophet of Allaah Ayyub suffered his tribulation for 18 years. Everyone but two men who used to visit him abandoned him. One day, one of them said to the other: "By Allaah; Ayyub must have committed a sin that no one else has committed before!" "How is that? Asked the other, He replied "For 18 years Allaah has not been merciful to, him and removed the distress he is suffering. When they went to Ayyub one of the men could not hold it in any longer and mentioned this to him. Ayyub responded, saying: "By Allaah, I do not know what you are about except that Allaah knows that I used to pass by two men who used to dispute always mentioning Allaahs name in their arguments (i.e. swearing by, Allaah).
So I would go home and perform expiation of the oath on their behalf out of dislike for Allaahs name to be mentioned except in truth. Ayyub used to go out for his needs and when he had fulfilled them his wife would take him by the hand until he reached (home). One day however, he slowed down behind her and Allaah revealed to him to "Strike the ground with your foot, here is a cool water to wash in and drink from."His wife went back to get him and looked around while facing her-and Allaah had cured of his ailment so that he was even more handsome than before. When she saw him, she said: "May Allaah bless you, have you seen this afflicted prophet of Allaah. By Allaah! I have never seen anyone who looked more like him than you, when he was healthy. So he said to her: "It is me, I am Ayyub." .. He used to own two threshing grounds, one for wheat and the other for barley.
Allaah sent two clouds and caused one to down gold unto the ground for wheat until overflowed with it, an caused the other to pour down silver over the ground for barley until I also overflowed. Allaah tells us the story as follows: "And remember Our slave Ayyub, where he invoked his Lord (saying): " Verily! Shaytaan has touched me with distress (by losing my health) and torment (by losing my wealth)! (Allaah said to him): "Strike the ground with your foot: This is a I spring of water to wash in, cool and a (refreshing) drink. And We gave him (back) his family, and along with them the like thereof, as a Mercy from Us, and a Reminder for those who understand. And take in your hand a bundle of thin grass and strike therewith (your wife), and break not your oath. Truly! We found him patient.
How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft- returning in repentance (to Us)!" (Q38:41-44) Why did he have to beat his wife who has been loyal and faithful to him during 18 years of Illness? Imaam al-Qurtubi explained that: "During the sickness of Ayyub, his wife used to beg for him, then Shaytaan whispered to her a word of disbelief and she told her husband (Ayyub); so he became angry with her and took an oath to strike her 100 lashes." So Allaah ordered Ayyub to fulfill his oath by striking her with the bundle of thin (harmless)grass. This is the end of the story of Prophet Ayyub.
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited