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#1 [Permalink] Posted on 21st October 2007 19:32
The story of Ayub (Job) gives consolation to all those who are ill or deprived of wealth or children.

The angels were discussing the conditions of mankind, their obedience anddisobedience. One of them said that Ayub was the best man on earth. He was an obedient believer, always praying to Allah. Allah blessed Ayub to be wealthy for eighty years. During this time he never forgot to worship or thank Allah. He shared his wealth with the poor and clothed the naked.

Satan could not believe that there was a servant as sincere as Ayub. Satan thought that his wealth was the reason for his sincerity, so he asked Allah for power to take away Ayub's wealth with the intentions to mislead him. He reacted to his lost by saying that the wealth belongs to Allah and I thank him for what he has granted me and I thank .him for what he has taken. He then kneeled down in prayer. This made Satan angry.

Satan tried twice to mislead Ayub after losing his wealth by asking Allah for power to take away his children and health. Allah سبحانه وتعالى said I will give you power over his body, but I warn you against approaching his soul, tongue, and heart, because in them lies the secret of Faith. Ayub acted in the same manner as when his wealth was taken away from him.

Satan realized that he couldn't misguide Ayub, so he went to his wife to mislead her, by reminding her of their previous life style. Satan was successful in misleading his wife. This led to her complaining to Ayub about their present state. This caused Ayub to become upset with her and he vowed that he would beat her 100 times if Allah gave him back his health.

Satan was not successful in misguiding Ayub. Allah then restored him with all that he had lost. Ayub now had to fulfill his vow of striking his wife.

Allah ordered him to strike his wife once with a 100 pieces of good smelling grass, out of mercy for her. Indeed Allah is the most merciful.

The story of Ayub should be a constant reminder for us all. We should read this story often just to remind ourselves. Many of us complain about the little things in life. Allah tested Ayub in ways that we can really relate to. His faith and patience is something that we as true believing Muslims should try and implement in our lives, when Allah tests us in these situations. In the Quraan Allah says,

"Truly! We found him patient. How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft returning in repentance (to us)." Loading Qur'aan Verse .

During these times we must remember Allah more, pray harder, and be more thankful instead of being dissatisfied with our condition. We should praise and thank Allah for every condition that he tests us with. As we know these are the times when Satan tries to work on us the most by playing with our minds, emotions, and weaknesses. Allah would never forget to reward a servant for such a great task.

"And (remember) Ayub when he cried to his Lord: Verily, distress has seized me and you are the Most Merciful of all who show mercy." Loading Qur'aan Verse

"So We answered his call, 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 those who worship us." Loading Qur'aan Verse

May Allah give us the faith and the patience when we are tested. Ameen.
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#2 [Permalink] Posted on 22nd October 2007 13:51

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