If you are down with any sicknesses or disease, know that Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala Mercy and Assistance is always near. Praise Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala (Tasbih Fatimah, Asma'ul Husna, Astaghfar, etc) and seek for rewards solely rather than making intention to cure alone. In Shaa Allah, with much praises to Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala, the barakah will surround you and In Shaa Allah, you will be cured. Remember Kun Fayakun? Subhan'Allah!
With that, lets read the story of Prophet Ayub alaihi salam when he was afflicted with a skin disease. Masha'Allah.
Prophet Ayub alaihi salam was one of the descendants of the Prophet Ibrahim alaihi salam and a nephew of Prophet Ya'qub alaihi salam. He was sent to reform the people who lived in the desert situated in the north eastern corner of Palestine. When Ayub alaihi salam was chosen to be the Prophet, he started to teach the people about God and His religion. He advised the people to do good and shun evil. As usual with all the Prophets very few people believed in him in the beginning but gradually the number of his followers began to increase.
Prophet Ayub alaihi salam was a prosperous man with firm faith in Allah. He possessed vast farms, enormous wealth, many cattle and valuable property but these things did not make him arrogant. His wealth provided him with a medium by means of which he sought Allah's grace.
The Prophet Ayub alaihi salam was a pattern of humility and faith in Allah. He was very patient. He suffered from a number of calamities but did not utter a single word of complaint. One day his big farm was attacked by the thieves. They killed many of his servants and carried away forcibly all his cattle. The Prophet Ayub alaihi salam did not feel sorry at this loss and thanked Allah. Shaytan was jealous of Prophet Ayu alaihi salam and
intends to find out when he suggests that Allah remove Ayub’s blessings of wealth, health and family. Ayub alaihi salam was committed to daily prayer and would frequently thank Allah for blessings He had bestowed on him but Shaytan was convinced that Ayub would turn away from his Lord when he was faced with intense suffering, illness and distress. Allah knew his faithful slave would never turn away from His faith so He allowed Shaytan to afflict Ayub with many calamities one after the other.
Allah makes it very clear that children and wealth are merely adornments of this brief life and that He will test us through our love for them.
Wealth and children are the attractions of this worldly life, but lasting good works have a better reward with your Lord and give better grounds for hope. (Quran 18:46)
After a few years Prophet Ayub alaihi salam suffered from skin disease. His parts of body were covered with loathsome sores. He had many ugly looking ulcers on his face and hands. The sores were full of worms. It is narrated that he picked up those worms which fell from his abscess and praised Allah for creating them. He did not kill them nor toss them aside as he feared that he will not enter Jannah if those worms complains to Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala and also that the worms lived (also creations of Allah) while they were in his body.
Various opinions state that Prophet Ayub suffered these afflictions for between 7 and 18 years. Throughout this time, he continued to praise and thank Allah. Never once did he complain, or begrudge the fate that Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala had decreed for him. Instead, he fell in prostration, making dua to Allah; ‘O Allah! By Your Honour, I will never lift my head till You release me from my suffering’. And he did not lift his head, praying and thanking Allah, until he was cured.
Above all, his false friends attributed his calamities to his sins. They ridiculed and looked down upon him. All the persons deserted him with the exception of his faithful wife, Rahima. She also grew tired of him in the long run and prayed for his death. She cursed her husband for retaining integrity in Allah. Angels were around when he was having his prayers and saw those worms falling from his body. They then, went to Allah and ask from Him, what can Ayub alaihi salam do to heal. Angels came down and told Ayub alaihi salam to make du'a that Allah has asked him to. The Angels advised Ayub that Allah Subhana Wa Ta'ala will only say, "Kun Fayakun" and you will be cured In Shaa Allah. Prophet Ayub alaihi salam recited this du'a that had cured him completely.
According to Ustaz Sharhan, when you recite this ayat, place your palm on the affected area and take a deep breath and tawakal to Allah. He also mentioned that even though you're not cured from any disease, always praise Allah for more rewards for the Hereafter In Shaa Allah.
Allah accepted his prayer. The Holy Quran affirms:
"Then We heard his prayer and removed that adversity from which he suffered, and We gave him his household and the like thereof along with them, a mercy from Our store and remembrance for the worshippers." (Surah 21: Verse 84)
Allah turned to him with mercy. He was commanded to strike the earth with his foot. He complied with the order and water from the spring gushed forth. He took a bath with the water and got cured from his evil disease. After this he was restored to prosperity. The Prophet Ayub alaihi salam knelt and prayed expressing a deep sense of gratitude to Allah. He never forgot His favours, mercy and love.
The Holy Quran affirms:
"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." (Surah 2 : Verse 155-157)
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