The harms of jealousy and its cure

The harms of jealousy and its cure

When you see a person living comfortably, eating and drinking well, living
with honour and respect, and upon seeing all this you begin to “burn” within
you, begin to have hatred for him or become happy when he experiences any
lapse – then this is known as hasad (jealousy or envy). This is a very evil
characteristic and is also sinful.

Such a person passes his entire life in
bitterness. In other words, his worldly life and his Deeni life are both
abhorrent and unpleasant. Great efforts therefore have to be made in order
to come out from this great calamity.

The first cure for this is that the person should think to himself that “by
my envying him, I am causing harm to myself and no harm whatsoever is
befalling him.

The harm that it is causing me and my loss is that all my
good deeds are being wiped out.” This has been deduced from a Hadith in
which it is mentioned that hasad devours good deeds just as fire devours dry

The reason for this is that this person is indirectly forwarding an
objection to Allah by saying (indirectly): “so-and-so person does not
deserve those bounties.

Why did You give him these bounties?”

If someone
raises an objection to Allah in such a manner, how serious a sin it will be?
It is obvious that such a person will always live with malice and sorrow in
his heart.

As for the person who has been envied, he has suffered no loss

By your envying him, the bounty which he possesses will not
disappear. Instead, the person whom you have envied will benefit in the
sense that all your good deeds will go to him.

Once you have thought over all these factors in your mind, praise this
person (whom you are jealous of) and say good things about him to others.
You should also add by saying: “All thanks are due to Allah in that he has
all these bounties. May Allah give him all these bounties two-fold.”

If you happen to meet this person, meet him with respect and humble yourself. In
the beginning, your soul will be greatly burdened in doing this.

hasad will gradually disappear from your heart.

and Allah Ta’ala Knows Best

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