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Envy! A disease of the hearts.

by | Nov 23, 2013

Envy in Islam, i.e. Sickness of Soul and Heart.

The Prophet of Allah (SWT) said:

“Beware of envy because indeed envy destroys good deeds in the same manner as fire destroys wood.”

So you don’t like a person because he/she possesses something you imagine to be good that you don’t have? You feel ‘sick’ whenever you see him/her; hear people talking about him/her or even when you think of him/her while you are alone. This is because he/she is smarter or richer or more knowledgeable or intelligent or virtuous than you are. And you are not able to appreciate his/her unique talent or possession or popularity. And by your behavior you try to relegate, avoid, or disparage him/her, feel happy when he/she suffers a loss or is in a trouble. But you hide this feeling inside yourself. Do you know that this condition is a sickness of soul and heart (and it also harms your physical health) is called as Envy, Destructive Jealousy (Hasad)?

Imam Jafar Sadiq (ra) said:

“Calamities for one’s religion are envy, self-admiration and pride.”

Some Islamic scholars say that this is the first sin that was committed. When Allah said to the angels to bow down to Adam, Iblis refused to bow because he was jealous of the honor that Allah gave to Adam. He said to Allah,

“Do You see? This one whom you have honored above me, if You give me respite to the Day of Judgment, I shall surely bring his descendants under my sway, all but a few.” (Al-Isra’ 62)

Affect: hardening of hearts

Al-Tirmidhi Hadith 2337        Narrated by Abu Hurayrah
Allah’s Messenger (saws) said,

“When a believer sins a black spot or stain is marked on his heart, and if he repents and asks pardon his heart is polished; but if he does more sins the black spot increases till it gains ascendancy over his heart. That is the rust mentioned by Allah Most High, ‘Nay, but what they were committing has spread like rust over their hearts’ (Al-Quran 83:14).”

The greater the sin one commits, the more one’s heart hardens and ‘dies’…..and the better one manifests one repentance, the more one’s heart is cleansed and polished.

Remedy: seeking forgiveness from Allah

So I advise you to do a lot of istighfaar (seeking forgiveness from Allah).Because sins seize the heart until it becomes blotted out with sins to the point that he can’t distinguish between right and wrong or guidance and misguidance. So do lots of istighfaar.
And Allah says,

‘’Seek His forgiveness so that you may be shown Mercy.’’

So do lots of istighfaar so that Allah may forgive you.

“Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn… from the evil of envious when he envies.” [Soorah al-Falaq (113): 1]

A noteworthy hadith:

“It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.” (Bukhari)



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