Patience is a Virtue: The Story of Prophet Ayyub

Dina Essawy

08 Feb 2018

Patience is an acquired virtue for most of us. It helps us endure any misfortunes and recognize the blessings in our lives. Islam teaches us that one must always be patient and learn to withstand the trials and tribulations of life in order to ultimately reach the final reward in heaven.

No one has demonstrated the value of patience more than Prophet Ayyub (Job). Allah granted Ayyub numerous blessings, such as wealth and a devoted family, however, he remained humble, always thankful for God’s mercy.

In order to test his faith and perseverance, Allah took away his wealth, but Ayyub remained constant in his faith, unshaken by the sudden disaster that had befallen him. He was further tested when God took away his children, but he remained steadfast through it all. Allah then took away his health, afflicting him with terrible pain and suffering, but he still maintained his faith.

“And [mention] Job, when he called to his Lord, ‘Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful.’” [Al-Anbya, 83]

Prophet Ayyub’s disease actually caused people to shun him and exile him outside of the city. The only person to remain by his side was his wife, who continued to nurse him through it all.

For eighteen years he continued to suffer such great pain and misery, until finally one day God rewarded him for his patience and relieved him of his afflictions after ordering him to strike the ground with his leg, so that a spring of water would appear for him to drink from. Prophet Ayyub obeyed and was once again restored to his previous state, healthy and whole.

“Indeed, We found him patient, an excellent servant. Indeed, he was one repeatedly turning back “[to Allah ].” [Sad, 44]

Prophet Ayyub never let go of his deep belief that God is merciful and that he would someday answer his prayers. His patience was rewarded in the end.

 

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