The Patience Of Imam Hussain (AS) 2

38:41. And remember Our servant Job [in the Qur’ān]. When he called out to his Lord, ‘The devil has visited on me hardship and torment,’

ُۡ ۡ َ ُ َّ ٰ ‫وٱذكر ع َۡبد َنا ٓ أَيُّوبَ إِ ۡذ َنادَى رَ به ۥۤ أ َِّنى‬ َ َ َ َ ٍ۬ ۡ ُ ِ َ َّ ‫مسنِىَ ٱلش ۡيط ٰـنُ بنصب وعذاب‬ َّ َ

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The Quran has many interesting stories about Prophets in it. One of these stories is about Prophet Ayub (AS)(Job). Allah gave him a lot of wealth and children at first. Then he became very poor. After this he lost his children and had a very bad illness. Due to being sick he lived far away from every one with his wife. Allah gave him wealth and tested him. His loss and illness were also a test from Allah. One day Shaitan the devil went to Prophet Ayub (AS) and tried to make him say something against Allah. Shaitan said look at all the hardship you are in because of Allah. Prophet Ayub (AS) did not listen to Shaitan. Then Shaitan went to Prophet Ayub (AS) wife. He informed the lady that he Shaitan was a great doctor. Shaitan told her that if she sacrificed a sheep in

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Shaitan’s name he would cure Prophet Ayub (AS). Prophet Ayub (AS) on hearing this warned her to be careful not to be misled by Shaitan. Another day Shaitan came to her again. He looked like a handsome young man and was riding on a beautiful horse. He told her that he was the king of earth. He said that because Prophet Ayub (AS) did not worship him but worshipped Allah he made Prophet Ayub (AS) fall ill. Shaitan said that if she stopped Prophet Ayub (AS) from saying Bismillah before eating food and Alhamdolillah after eating food Shaitan would cure him. She said that she will take her husband (Prophet Ayub AS) permission before she did anything. When she went to Prophet Ayub (AS) and told him about this Prophet Ayub (AS) recited the ayat you read above. َ َ ٍ۬ ٓ ‫ٱلَّذِينَ إِذآ أَص ٰـب َۡتهُم مُّصِ يبَة قال ُٓواْ إ َِّنا ِّلِلِ وإ َِّنا‬ َ َّ َ 156. —those who, when an affliction visits them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and to Him do we indeed return.’ ‫٦٥١( إِلَ ۡيه رَ ٲجعُون‬ ِ ِ

157. It is they who receive the blessings of their Lord and [His] mercy, and it is they who are the [rightly] guided.

ٍ۬ ۡ ٍ۬ َ َ ۖ‫أ ُْولَ ٰـٓٮك علَ ۡيہمۡ صلَوٲت مِّن رَّ بِّهمۡ ورَ حمَة‬ َ ِ ِ َ َ ِ ُ ۡ ۡ ُُ َ ‫وأ ُْولَ ٰـٓٮِك هم ٱلمُه َتدون‬ َ

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Allah tested Imam Hussain (AS) also. He was living a comfortable life in the city of his grandfather Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). When Yazid (curse of Allah be on him) commanded Imam Hussain (AS) to accept Yazid as the leader Imam Hussain (AS) said people like Imam Hussain (AS) do not take people like Yazid to be their leader. This was similar to the test that Ayub had when he had a lot of wealth, riches and children. Imam Hussain (AS) could have accepted Yazid (curse on him) as the leader and continue to preach Islam. However Imam Hussain (AS) knew that if he did this Islam would be lost forever.

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In the battle of Karbala Allah tested Imam Hussain (AS) with loss. Imam Hussain (AS) lost all his property until his caravan did not even have food or water. He had no helpers other than those in his caravan. On the day of Ashura Imam Hussain (AS) lost his sons, his nephews, his brothers, his cousins and all his dear friends and companions. He was left alone against the evil men in Yazid’s (curse on him) army. He fought bravely against the evil ones and sent a lot of them to hell. Finally after being so badly wounded that he fell off the horse. He had so many arrows in his body that his body did not touch the ground. Shimr (may Allah curse him) used a blunt sword to behead Imam Hussain (AS). It is truly to Imam Hussain (AS) that the verse above applies. Those to whom difficulty visits say Indeed we belong to Allah and to Allah do we return. Innalillah wa Inna lillahe rajaoon. It is they who are rightly guided and get the blessings of their Lord.

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