Sunday, September 4, 2011

Patience like Ayub

Two days ago I felt a "choking sensation," went to the hospital to get it checked out, and now am in the waiting process to see an ear nose and throat doctor (ENT) specialist after Labor Day weekend.

God tests us to see if we can withstand the difficulties He imposes on us, and if we become stronger in faith.
"And surely we try you with something of fear and hunger, and loss of wealth and crops, but give glad-tidings to the steadfast, who when a misfortune befalls them, say lo! we are Allah's (possession of Allah) and to Him shall we surely return. · Such are they on whom are blessings from their Lord, and mercy. Such are the rightly-guided."  (2:155-157)
Ayub, (Job) the Prophet best known for his patience, was one of the 25 named prophets in the Quran.

He began with an abundance of health, wealth and children. Satan was convinced Ayub was only grateful to God due to his many blessings. Satan pleaded to God to test Ayub by taking these things away:

He lost his wealth.
The roof of his home fell and killed his family.
He lost his health; gnats chewed up his skin.
People left his side.
His wife who cared for him, left.

But he chose to be patient. He realized all his former possessions were gifts from God. He said, God had a right to take what He had granted.

At the very end when gnats were about to chew up Ayub's tongue, he prayed to keep the ability to remember God by worshiping with his tongue.

"Truly adversity has afflicted me and You are Most Merciful of all who show mercy." (21:83)

God then instructed him to bathe in a spring after striking a particular area of the ground with his foot. His illness was removed and his youth, family, and wealth were returned to him.

May  God give us the strength to bear the burdens that He entrusts us with.

5 comments:

cc said...

That story is a story that can never be told too many times.

Thank you,

Wait, so, what happened? Why were you choking? And why did it make you think of Prophet Ayub's story?

Softly Spoken said...

It was diagnosed as dysphagia, difficulty swallowing...it happened involuntarily.

Reminds me of Ayub because although he went through life-changing challenges and an extreme illness, he bore his test patiently.

We should strive for patience, it's the best way to attain God's pleasure rather than people's sympathy (although it's nice to have that too lol).

C said...

Asalaamu alaikum

Good reminder. But I thought his wife never left him? May Allah heal you. Amin.

Falling Up said...

nice reminder, Jazak Allau Khair. I hope you're feeling better

Anonymous said...

Its kinda sad.

But after taking my med classes I cant' help but wonder what disease it was and whether it was viral or bacterial.

And I agree with C actually. I don't remember his wife leaving him. I remember that she made him angry but that's it...