Going Through Tough Times?
“Ayyoob (عليه السلام)…Ayyoob (عليه السلام), he had 14 children…and he had great health and wealth, everybody loved him. One day, after 80 years, Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) took away all of his 14 children…one by one…then He took away his wealth…then He took away his health until the narration says that his skin used to fall off his body until you could see his muscles and his bones, and he is still alive, breathing. Not only that, the people began to say if this man was a good person, Allah wouldn’t have done this to him…and so he lost his close friends. One day, his wife came and said: “Ya Ayyoob (عليه السلام)! Isn’t it enough now?! Can’t you ask Allah to get rid of this? It’s enough! We’ve gone through too much!” Ayyoob (عليه السلام) then said: “My wife, how long did Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) give me blessings for?” She said: “80 years or so.” He said: “I’m too shy to ask Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to cure me, yet, until 80 years of this time has gone as well. He has given me so much.” It was after 7 years, however, when he saw his wife resorted to taking from her hair and selling it. Then he said: “Rabbi…” Even look at the way the Prophet (عليه السلام), he asked Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) to cure him. He didn’t say, “O Allah! Cure me! O Allah! You have harmed me! O Allah! You brought the sickness! Take it away from me!” No! No! No!…He said: “O my Lord! Harm has afflicted me.” He didn’t even attribute it to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)…because when harm comes to a Muslim, and Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) afflicts you with some kind of hardship, it’s actually good for you…I’m gonna say the hadith in a minute…وَأَنتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمِين – “Wa Anta Arhamurrahimeen!” “And You are the Most Merciful!” Allah says: فَاسْتَجَبْنَا لَهُ فَكَشَفْنَا مَا بِهِ مِن ضُرٍّ ۖ وَآتَيْنَاهُ أَهْلَهُ وَمِثْلَهُم مَّعَهُمْ رَحْمَةً مِّنْ عِندِنَا وَذِكْرَىٰ لِلْعَابِدِين – Taken from Quran (2:83-84). We took away all the harm away from him…We gave him his family back and his children back, and doubled their amount. We gave him wealth…grasshoppers, like the shape of grasshoppers, of gold began to rain onto Ayyoob (عليه السلام). He used to pick them up…and he used to…yaa’ni…more than what he had. In a hadith it says, he would go around, picking (up) as much as he can so quickly…and then Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) sent Jibreel (عليه السلام) and said to him: “Ya Ayyoob! Are you not already being given enough Blessings? (Why are you trying to hog everything up, yaa’ni, in other words?) Don’t worry, We are giving you Blessings! Why are you so quick and wanting to gather it all?” He said: “Ya Rabb! Who is there that can take enough of your Na’maa? (Enough of your Blessings) I’m gathering your Blessing Ya Rabb!” So a Muslim…Allah loves to see His servant taking from His Blessing. He loves it…and thanking Allah for His Blessing, if when in a hardship, they also thank Allah and they are patient.”