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PostSubject: Feeling Jealous???   Thu 12 Mar - 13:29

|Sheikh Khlid Husayn|

The topic of envy is a very important one. It is a serious problem that
all of us need to cope with. Envy spreads through society like a
frightful illness and it is an illness that demands treatment.

Envy is indeed a serious, sometimes fatal illness. It is an ignoble
character trait that tears rifts between people, communities, and even
nations. A community that is blackened by this loathsome quality is one
wherein cooperation and love become virtually unknown. Enmity, hatred,
and violence become the order of the day.

Envy occurs when we see some blessing in the hands of another and
desire for that blessing to be lost to that person. Muslim scholars
have defined this feeling in many ways, but all of their definitions
contain this essential meaning to wish for someone to lose something
good that he or she has been blessed with.

Al-Nawaw describes envy in the following way: Envy is to desire for
someone who enjoys a blessing to become bereft of it, regardless of
whether that blessing is of a religious or worldly nature.

Al-Ghazl writes: As far as envy is concerned, Islamic scholars
define it as the hatred of a blessing and the love that the one so
blessed by it will become bereft of it.

Ibn al-Jawz says: Envy is to hope that the one being envied becomes
bereft of a blessing that he enjoys without the envier necessarily
acquiring a similar blessing for himself.

Envy is something quite prevalent in the world. This is why the Qur'n speaks about it often.

Allah says: Do they envy the people on account of what Allah has given them of His grace? [ Srah al-Nis' : 54]

Allah instructs us to seek refuge from the evil of the envier when he envies. [ Srah al-Falaq : 5]

In the Qur'n, we also have: They shall say: Nay! You envy us. [ Srah

We must also not forget the famous story of Joseph (peace be upon him)
and his brothers who envied his father's love for him so much that they
cast him into a well.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned against the ill consequences of
envy upon the envier, saying: Beware of envy, for indeed envy consumes
one's good deeds like fire consumes wood. [ Sunan Ab Dwd (4903)]

He said: The afflictions of the nations before you shall beset you: envy and rancor. [ Sunan al-Tirmidh (2510)]

The Prophet (peace be upon him) warned so sternly against envy because
of how dangerous and ruinous it is. It can bring us to destruction in
both our worldly and spiritual lives.

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) said: Do not
revile nor envy one another. Do not turn away from one another and do
not sever ties. Be devotees of Allah and brothers to one another. It is
not permissible for a Muslims to shun his brother for more than three
days. [ Sahh al-Bukhr (6065) and Sahh Muslim (2559)]

Allah's Messenger (peace be upon him) also said: In the worshipper's
heart, faith and envy cannot dwell together. [ Sunan al-Nas' (3109)]

Envy is indeed a great and deadly evil. When it strikes, it inevitably
leaves destruction in its wake. Therefore, it is imperative that we
understand the causes of envy, so that we can take preventative action.
Though the causes of envy are numerous, they can be summarized as

1. Weakness of faith and discontent with Allah's providence. The
heart of a person who is discontented is perpetually being rent apart
and set ablaze. All it takes is for him to see someone else enjoying
some blessing that he sees himself as deprived of. Such a person is
unaware that it is indeed Allah who has apportioned His provisions for
us all.

Being pleased and content with Allah's decree of His provisions is the
way to bring rest to the soul and tranquility to the heart.

2. Ignorance of the evil consequences of envy. An
envious person is rarely able to appreciate what his envy will lead to;
its negative repercussions upon his faith, his life, and the community
in which he lives.

With respect to his faith, an envious person is
angry and annoyed with Allah's decree. He perceives his Lord as being
unjust glory be to Allah above what the envious ascribe to Him
since he is displeased that Allah bestowed upon another a blessing that
He did not grant to him. This is a serious matter indeed.

With respect to his life, an envious person is
eternally preoccupied with what Allah has given to others. He lives in
a state of grief and depression as he looks upon the happiness that
others enjoy while he is so deprived. His whole personality takes on a
darker hue. Life becomes a burden to him. Contentment alludes him in
everything and all that follows after his discontent is regret.

He becomes distanced from his community, as everyone, young and old,
finds his company unpleasant. His own relatives often dislike him more
than strangers, and he feels alienated at all times. His standing in
society suffers, as does his professional life. He becomes an
unproductive member of society.

3. Hatred, enmity, and rancor. These
are some of the most serious reasons for envy. A person who harbors
such ill feelings towards others automatically begins to feel envy
towards them for whatever good they possess. In such a state, his
hatred and envy can instigate him to inflict harm or injury upon them.

4. Astonishment.
Allah tells us in the Qur'n how the nations of the past spurned the
Prophets who had been sent to them. They decried: You are nothing but
a man like ourselves! [ Srah YSn : 15] Should we believe in two
men like ourselves! [ Srah al-Mu'minn : 47] Their astonishment that
people like themselves could be elevated to the rank of Prophets led
them to envy and as a consequence to disbelief.

5. Pride. The envy
that the unbelievers felt for Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
stemmed from pride. And they say: Why is not this Qur'n sent down to
some leading man in either of the two (chief) cities?' [ Srah
al-Zukhruf : 31]

Ab Jahl gave his reason for disbelieving in the
Prophet (peace be upon him) as follows: We vie with the tribe of Bn
Manf in nobility. They feed the people so we feed them people. They
assume responsibilities so we assume them. They give so we give. So
when we are neck in neck in the race, they declare: We have a Prophet
who receives revelation from Heaven.' When will we be able to match
that? By Allah! We shall never believe in him nor shall we ever believe
what he says.

We can see how the envy that filled Ab Jahl's heart caused him to
disbelieve. He could not bear to see how Allah was blessing the Prophet
(peace be upon him) and honoring him with prophecy and with His Message.

6. Meanness of spirit.
Some people simply loathe it when good befalls others. They take glee,
rather, in hearing about their suffering and their misfortunes. Allah
speaks about such people, saying: If aught that is good befalls you,
it grieves them; but if some misfortune overtakes you, they rejoice at
it. [ Srah l `Imrn : 120]

7. Rivalry. When
people have similar ambitions, they can fear losing out to those others
who share their ambitions. Al-Ghazl writes: This applies only to
people in competition with one another. As a consequence, each of them
envies his rivals for whatever they achieve that brings them closer to
their goals. This includes the envy suffered by co-wives with respect
to their relationship with their husband. It also includes the envy
that was felt by Joseph's brothers for his success in engendering their
father's love. As Allah relates to us: They said: Truly Joseph and his
brother are loved more by our father than we.' [ Srah Ysuf : 8]

Armed with the knowledge of what causes envy, we should do our utmost
to avoid falling into it. We should work to remove these negative
factors from our lives and block any path that might take us down the
road to destruction.

The Sunnah recommends to us some things to do that will help us in this endeavor.

If we see something we covet and feel our envious gaze falling upon the
blessings of another, we should make it our habit to say M sh'
Allah; l quwwata ill bil-lh . meaning: It is what Allah has
decreed; there is no power besides that which is Allah's.

The Prophet (peace be upon him) said: Whoever sees something that he
likes and then says: M sh' Allah; l quwwata ill bil-lh ', will
bring no harm to it.

We should also pray to Allah to bless that person. The Prophet (peace
be upon him) said: Whoever among you sees with his brother something
that pleases him should supplicate to Allah to bless him in it. [
Musnad Ahmad (15550) and Sunan Ibn Mjah (3509)]

Putting this advice into practice will protect our hearts from envy and
protect our brothers and sisters in faith from the harm that our envy
might visit upon them.

There are also ways that are established in the Sunnah for us to beseech Allah's protection from the harm of those who envy us.

We should read from the Qur'n Srah al-Ftihah and yah al-Kurs . The
Prophet (peace be upon him) said: If a worshipper reads the opening of
the Book ( Srah al-Ftihah ) and yah al-Kurs in his home, he will
not be afflicted that day by the gaze of man or jinn. [ al-Daylam ]

We should also read the last two chapters of the Qur'n: Srah al-Falaq
and Srah al-Ns to protect us from the evil of those who envy us.

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PostSubject: Re: Feeling Jealous???   Sat 14 Mar - 18:47

The data you have gathered in this topic is right in the way people are experiencing. Jealousy , or exactly envy, stems from a weak mind and spirit that let put Almighty Allah aside (and Allah put it aside and made it forget itself) due to materialism and selfishness that destroys one's faith (his relation with God - or Allah) and thoughtfulness (his relation with other society members).
We do pray Allah to remind us with the little mistake we did and enlighten our path in this world. Amen

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