Nabi Ayyub (‘a) is presented in the Qur’an as an example of patience and steadfastness. Nabi Ayyub (‘a) was a Prophet who remained steadfast in the face of enormous calamities that befell upon him from various quarters. Allah, Subhanahu wa Ta’ala, tells us in the Qur’an that He rewarded Nabi Ayyub (‘a)’s patience by giving him even more than what he originally possessed. When afflicted with enormous difficulties, Nabi Ayyub (‘a) petitioned to Allah:
أَنِّي مَسَّني الضُّرُّ وَأَنْتَ أَرْحَمُ الرَّاحِمينَ
“(O my Rabb!) Verily evil has afflicted me, but You are the Most Merciful of all those who show mercy.” (21:83).
أَنِّي مَسَّني الشَّيْطانُ بِنُصْبٍ وَعَذابٍ
“(O my Rabb!) Verily, Shaytan has afflicted me with distress and torment.” (38:41).