The Story of Prophet Jobas and his Steadfastness
An Overview of Job’s Life and his Test
Huzoorra said that some historians have said that Jobas was a wealthy man of his time, but despite his riches, he was a pious and noble man. God was pleased with the way Jobas remembered Him. They add that Satan was unable to lead him astray. Satan complained to God about Jobas, alleging that he was insincere in his worship and merely did it to keep his wealth and the riches he was granted. Commentators say all of Job’sas possessions were then taken away; however, Jobas remained faithful and steadfast.
Job’s Test Continues
Satan, then, said to God that Jobas still had his health and that to test Job’sas patience, he should be afflicted with a bodily disease.
“God Almighty said that he could put Jobas to the test. Upon this, first, his sheep and goats died and then the larger animals [that he owned] died too. But still, Jobas remained steadfast. At this, Satan said he still has wealth, slaves and children, why wouldn’t he be steadfast? Thereupon, all his slaves died, but he remained steadfast. This continued so much so that everything perished. Only he and his wife were left. Even then, Satan said that he still had his health. He then came down with leprosy, but he still remained steadfast. In this way, when he proved himself to be steadfast and sincere, God Almighty bestowed upon him even greater wealth, riches, slaves, maids, and children than before and God restored his health as well.
Job’s Mention in the Quran
Having been mentioned by name four times in the Holy Quran in total, Job’sas story is briefly mentioned. The Holy Quran tells us that Prophet Jobas, like all prophets, was a holy man of God. He endured many hardships in his life and became separated from his family and followers. He has been mentioned alongside great prophets such as David and Solomon.
Similarities between Job and the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa
The story of Prophet Jobas mentioned in the Holy Quran, though brief, bears some similarity to that of the Holy Prophet Muhammadsa. His story references how some prophets, if not all, met with idol-worshipping rulers who drove them out of their homeland. Despite the challenges, Prophet Jobas was once again reunited with his family. The Holy Prophetsa too had to migrate from Mecca to Medina, leaving behind his home.