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Tomb of Prophet Job, Salalah, Oman

The Tomb (Dargah) of Biblical Prophet Job ( Nabi Hazrat Syedina Ayub Alaihis-salatus-salaam Alaihis-salaam) is around 40 kilometres from Salalah on Jebal Ittin. There is a mosque and Dargah ( tomb ) where the remains of the Prophet, quite possibly Job from the Old Testament, are located.There is a small garden on top o f the hill to walk through to get to the Dargah ( tomb ) which is housed in a small building. Immediately next to the Dargah ( tomb ) are the walls of a small room used for prayer. The appearance is much like a mosque however the date of the life of the Prophet is pre-Islam. One section of the wall faces Jerusalem which is the direction the Prophet would face for prayer. Though his life is also pre-Judaism, even at that time he believed in the Oneness of God.

 

The Book of Job in the Holy Bible begins with an introduction to Job's character — he is described as a blessed man who lives righteously. At the suggestion of God, Satan challenges Job's integrity, proposing to God that Job serves him simply because God protects him. God removes Job's protection, allowing Satan to take his wealth, his children, and his physical health in order to tempt Job to curse God. Despite his difficult circumstances, he does not curse God, but rather curses the day of his birth. And although he protests his plight and pleads for an explanation, he stops short of accusing God of injustice. Most of the book consists of conversations between Job and his three friends concerning Job's condition and its possible reasons, after which God responds to Job and his friends. God opens his speech with the famous words, "Brace yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer me." After God's reply, Job is overwhelmed and says, "I am unworthy - how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth." Many interpretations read this as Job realizing how little he knew when he says to the Lord,"My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you"

 

In the Holy Qur'an, it states that the Job was a righteous servant of God, who was afflicted by suffering for a lengthy period of time. However, the Qur'an clearly states that Job never lost faith in God and forever called to the Lord in prayer, asking Him to remove his affliction:

"And Job, when he cried unto his Lord, (saying): Lo! Adversity afflicteth me, and Thou art Most Merciful of all who show mercy. "—Qur'an, sura 21 (The Prophets), ayah 83

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Taken on February 27, 2011