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Newsletter for May 2012
An Excerpt from "The Prophet of Islam", an English translation
by the late
Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
Ayub (Job) was a descendant of A'mis, the third son of Ishaq.
Allah had granted him great wealth and a large family, and he
lived in comfort and peace.
wanted to test his steadfastness of faith in plenty and in
deprivation. Once lightening struck his live stock and all his
animals perished. This was followed by a storm that destroyed
his crops. The test of deprivation continued, and his house
collapsed over his family, killing all his children. Every time
a calamity struck, he went down in submission to Allah
acknowledging that the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away.
There is none other than Allah who has the power to provide
and sustain His creatures in this world and beyond.
trial of patience continued, and Ayub developed ulcers over all
his body, and the maggots ate his rotting flesh. At these
troubled times, many of his friends and followers abandoned him.
Only his beloved wife Raheemah stayed with him throughout his
troubles. She washed and caressed his wounds and fed him with
whatever she could gather.
towns people forced him and his devoted wife out into the
wilderness. The series of painful trials did not shake him in
his belief in the Benevolence of Allah. He exhibited his
contentment over the trials of life and with whatever meager
provisions he had. Allah was pleased with His steadfast servant.
He gave him full recovery from his oozing sores. Upon recovery
from his illness, he toiled in his land and regained his wealth
that far exceeded his previous possessions. Allah granted him
new and expanded progeny. His circle of friends and followers
grew larger than ever, and all wondered over what Ayub had
sustained. This added greater strength to the faith of the
patience and perseverance of Ayub in the face of all suffering
is proverbial and the best example for people of all times.
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