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the late Dr. Syed Haider Hussain Shamsi
Prophet 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.
Allah 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.
The 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.
The 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 believers.
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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