(Wife of Nabi Ayyoob [‘alaihis salaam] – Part Two)
Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) remained in a state of illness for more than eighteen years, yet he and his respected wife remained patient and steadfast.
One day, Shaitaan approached the wife of Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) in the guise of a doctor. As he had adopted this form and appeared to be a ‘normal’ person, she did not realize that it was actually Shaitaan standing in front of her. Thinking him to be a doctor, out of concern for her husband, she asked him for a cure for her husband’s illness. Shaitaan replied, “I do have a cure. However, in return for the cure, he must address me and say, ‘You have cured me’. I do not want any other compensation for my treatment.”
Nabi Ayyoob’s (‘alaihis salaam) wife returned to him and informed him of what had transpired. As soon as he heard this, he realized that the ‘man’ was no doctor, but was none other than Shaitaan. Being the Nabi of Allah Ta‘ala, Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) was angered that his wife would even suggest that he utter such words, attributing the cure to Shaitaan. Hence, Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) vowed to lash his wife one hundred times.
This incident greatly grieved Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam), as Shaitaan was now trying to mislead his wife. Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) thus made du‘aa to Allah Ta‘ala, asking Allah Ta‘ala to cure him, saying, “Indeed Shaitaan has afflicted me with distress and suffering.” Allah Ta‘ala accepted his du‘aa and instructed him in the following words, “Strike with your foot, here is (water for) a cool bath and to drink”.
As he did so, a spring of water gushed forth. Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) then drank the water and bathed in it. Allah Ta‘ala placed the cure for his illness in this water, and through drinking it and bathing in it, he was completely cured of his illness.
Thereafter, Allah Ta‘ala sent him a garment of Jannah. When his wife arrived to tend to him, according to her routine, she failed to find him. Instead, she saw a man seated nearby and asked him, “Have you seen the ill-man who used to be here?” She was griefstricken and feared that perhaps he had been killed by wild animals. The man replied that he was actually Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam). Initially, she was hesitant to believe him, but he then told her how Allah Ta‘ala had cured him of his illness.
Allah Ta‘ala then restored her youth and allowed her to bear Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) children once again. According to some reports, she gave birth to twenty-six sons, while other reports mention that Allah Ta‘ala even brought all their deceased children back to life. Allah Ta‘ala also sent two clouds to him; the first filled one threshing floor of his with gold, while the second cloud filled his other threshing floor with silver. In this manner, Allah Ta‘ala replaced everything that he had lost and granted him even more than he initially had.
Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) now needed to fulfil his vow. Allah Ta‘ala told Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) that instead of lashing her one hundred times, he should take a bundle containing one hundred pieces of straw, and lash her once with it. In this manner, the vow will be fulfilled. Allah Ta‘ala says, “And take in your hand a bunch of grass and strike with it, and do not break your oath.”
Allah Ta‘ala instructed Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) to fulfil his vow in this manner as Allah Ta‘ala valued her loyalty, faithfulness and obedience to her husband, as well as the patience and obedience of Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam). Therefore, Allah Ta‘ala mentions immediately thereafter, “Indeed, We found him patient. What an excellent servant! Indeed, he always turned to Allah.”
(Surah Saad, v41-44, Al-Bidaayah wan Nihaayah vol. 1, pgs. 262–266 and Majma‘uz Zawaaid #13821)
1. Many people have good intentions and praiseworthy motives. They sincerely wish to assist people and bring about their betterment. However, together with the intention being correct, it is necessary that the means adopted should also be pleasing to Allah Ta‘ala.
2. The Ambiyaa (‘alaihimus salaam) were such that their happiness and their displeasure were purely for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala. In other words, if they suffered any personal grievance, they would overlook and forgive. However, if the law of Allah Ta‘ala was broken, they would become angry, for the sake of Allah Ta‘ala, and act in accordance with the command of Allah Ta‘ala. Similarly, the Ambiyaa (‘alaihmus salaam) would only express happiness if the occasion was one which Allah Ta‘ala approved of. Hence, the challenge is for us to similarly make our pleasure and displeasure subject to the pleasure and displeasure of Allah Ta‘ala. Therefore, if our children do not perform their salaah, it should anger us and prompt us to discipline them. However, if they accidentally break some item of ours, we should overlook and forgive them.
3. Allah Ta‘ala never forgets the loyalty of His servants. Hence, whether in this world or the next, He will most certainly acknowledge their efforts and reward them. Thus, due to her patience, perseverance and loyalty, Allah Ta‘ala Himself told Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) of a method through which his wife would be saved from the hundred lashes. Similarly, if we remain loyal to Allah Ta‘ala, He will be there for us in our time of need.
4. As severe as the sickness of Nabi Ayyoob (‘alaihis salaam) was, he bore it patiently and did not become greatly worried or perturbed. However, when Shaitaan attempted to misguide his wife, he became extremely worried and turned to Allah Ta‘ala in du‘aa. Hence, we understand that one of the greatest worries and concerns that we should have is for the guidance and piety of our families. We should constantly make du‘aa for this and encourage them towards righteousness.