Ayyub (AS)

The Ill Prophet

Ayyub or Job (AS) was a prophet of Allah and a direct descendant of Ibrahim (AS). His wife, Rahma, was a descendant of the Prophet Yusuf (AS).

Prophet Ayyub (AS) was a man of great faith and patience. He was known for his devotion to Allah (SWT) and his constant gratitude, even in times of hardship. Ayyub (AS) lived in the land of Syria and was blessed with many blessings from Allah (SWT), including good health, wealth, and a large family. He was highly respected by his community and was seen as a role model for others to follow.

However, Allah (SWT) decided to test Ayyub (AS) to see if he would remain faithful in times of hardship. He took away Ayyub's (AS) wealth and livestock, reducing him from a wealthy man to one of poverty. Despite this loss, Ayyub (AS) remained grateful to Allah (SWT) and continued to praise and thank Him.

Allah (SWT) decided to test him further, so he also took away Ayyub's (AS) children, one after the other, until they were all gone. This was a great trial for Ayyub (AS), but he remained steadfast in his faith and continued to thank Allah (SWT) for all that he had given him.

Finally, Allah (SWT) decided to test Ayyub (AS) with his health. He became very sick and ill, to the point where people avoided him out of disgust. Many even began to say that Allah did not love Ayyub (AS) and that if Allah loved him, the wouldn’t have happened to him. Despite this, Ayyub (AS) remained grateful to Allah (SWT) and used the time to remember him and pray.

Despite being under intense sickness, Ayyub continued to remember Allah and never let his heart lead him to frustration against Allah. His wife was the only one who stood by him, supporting him and caring for him through his illness.

Rahma, used the little money she had left to get medication and bring food for Ayyub (AS), until there was no more money left. At some point, she began having to work for people. This is how she made her money and she used this money to take care of Ayyub (AS).

At some point, the condition of Ayyub (AS) became so bad, that no-one dared to hire or go near the wife of Ayyub (AS).

After some time Rahma asked Ayyub (AS), “How long is this going to last?”. Ayyub (AS) became upset as he felt he was surrendering to the decree of Allah. So he asked her, “How long did Allah bless me with goodness?”, and she responded, “Eighty Years”. He asked her, “And how may years has he been testing me for?”, and she responded, “The last seven years”. Se he told her, “How do you want me to lose hope in the mercy of Allah, when I haven’t even reached par with what goodness I had and the difficulty I am facing”.

Ayyub (AS) never complained and never raised his hands to ask Allah to take him out of the situation. He was too shy to do that, so instead he asked Allah to give him patience.

Rahma, needed money to take care of Ayyub (AS), but no one would hire her. So, she cut half of her hair and sold it to one of her friends. She used this money to feed Ayyub (AS). Ayyub (AS) knew that she had no money, so he asked her where the food was from. She did want Ayyub (AS) to be angry and she told him she went and worked for it. Ayyub (AS) was not able to tell a difference in her hair because she was covered.

She was faced with the same problem the next day and decided the sell the rest of her hair to feed Ayyub (AS). She came to Ayyub (AS) with the food, but this time Ayyub (AS) insisted and asked where she got the money. He knew no one was accepting her for work and wanted to know. She uncovered herself, and when he saw that scene he calls out to Allah and said, “Indeed, evil has touched me, and you are the most merciful of the merciful.”.

Allah commanded him to strike the ground with his foot and wash himself and drink the water what comes out. So he struck the ground with his foot and cold water gushed from he ground. As he washed, his blisters began to disappear and as he drank he was healed internally. Within a short space of time, his skin was renewed completely.

Allah blessed Ayyub (AS) with his health, family, wealth back even better than before. Ayyub (AS) was a patient and pious man.