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Jealousy and its Cures


Developing the Muslim
Character

Jealousy and its
Cures Part 2

From As-Sunnah Bi-Monthly Newsletter (issue
19)

Compiled by Shawana A. Aziz





"Beware of jealousy,

for verily it destroys good deeds

the way fire destroys wood."



Jealousy and its Cures Part 2 Jealousy


Some Reasons
that cause a person to have Jealosy



Anger
and Malice:
When one is hurt by someone for any reason, he is
angered, and his anger produces malice and urge for revenge in the heart. The
slave begins to desire harm for the other person, he enjoys when he sees him
in hardships and he may further thinks that Allah has done it to him as an
evil reward!



And if the person is blessed with a gift, he grieves and this is Hasad, which
does not harm the envied person but it hurts and destroys the Hasid (one who
has Hasad) himself.



In order to close the door to this evil Islam advises the Muslims to be
forgiving in nature and control one's anger. Allah says in the Qur'aan:
"Those who spend (in Allah's Cause) in prosperity and in
adversity, who repress anger, and who pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the good
doers."
[Soorah al-Imran (3): 134]



Arrogance, Pride and Love for fame: When a
person achieves a high status and position in the society or gains wealth, he
hates to see someone other than him compete or go ahead of him or be praised
over him. So, he envies the former person.



An example of this can be taken of the Jews and their Hasad towards Prophet
Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) for the Prophet-hood that Allah
entrusted him with. Their envy made them reject the divine message given to
him, because he was an Arab and not from the Children of Israel. It was their
Hasad which caused them to make statements as such, "It
is these that Allah as favored among us?"
[Soorah al-Anam (6): 53]
"And they say: 'Why is not this Qur'aan sent down to
some great man of the two towns?"
[Soorah az-Zukhruf (43): 31] and in
Soorah al-Muminoon (23): 34, "If you were to obey a
human being life yourselves, then verily, you indeed would be losers."



This also shows one of the grave dangers of Hasad that Hasad hinders
the person from following the truth and accepting advice from others just as
the Hasad of the disbelievers prevented them from accepting Islam.



Evil Nature of the person: Some people,
even though they may not be harmed or threatened by other people's success,
grieve when they hear about some good happening to others, and enjoy in their
adversities. Neither do they seek progress for themselves nor do they wish
others to progress!! Such kind of defect is difficult to cure for the reason
behind their evil attitude is the evil nature of the person which does not
allow him to accept other people's success.


Repentance
and Getting Rid of Jealousy



Firstly, the believer should have sincerity in repenting from Hasad as
Allah's Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
"Three things that every heart of a believer should not hate to have is
sincerity in actions, rendering advise to leaders and holding to Jama'ah
(community) of the Muslims, for their supplication surrounds everyone with
them."
[Ahmad and Ibn Majah]



Second requirement to get rid of Hasad is to get rid of all those means
which cause one to have Hasad like anger, hatred, love for the world and
discontentment.



Discontentment comes from the slave's ignorance of his Lord. If he recognizes
his Lord with the attributes of Perfection, All-Knowledgeable and All-Just to
his slaves, he would not be discontent and as a result would not develop
Hasad.



Imam Ibn Qayyim (rahimahullah) said: "It (contentment) opens the door of peace
and security for the slave." It makes his heart pure from hatred, evil and
malice. The more contented the person is, the purer his heart is. However,
this does not mean that the slave should not make efforts to improve his
situation. A slave should work to gain success and progress but he should not
envy those whom Allah has granted more wealth or possession but he should be
content with the decisions of Allah.



Thirdly, the slave should turn towards the Qur'aan which is a healing
for the diseases of the heart. Allah says: "O mankind!
There has come to you a good advice from your Rabb and a healing for that in
your chests."
[Soorah Yunus (10): 57]



Supplicate to Allah to purify your heart. Allah said in the Qur'aan:
"And those who came after them say: 'Our Lord! Forgive
us and our brethren who have preceded us in Faith and put not in our hearts
any hatred against those who have believed. Our Lord! You are indeed full of
kindness, Most Merciful."
[Soorah al-Hashr (59): 10]



Give Sadaqah (charity) for it purifies the heart and sanctifies the
soul. It is for this reason Allah said to His Prophet:
"Take Sadaqah from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with
it."
[Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 103]



If thoughts of Hasad cross one's mind, he should seek refuge in Allah from the
accursed Shaytan and busy himself with something that will dispel these
insinuating whispers and thoughts.



But if the Shaytan manages to instill Hasad in the hearts, then beware lest
you say or do anything which will show Hasad. A person will not be brought to
account for whatever crosses his mind, but he will be brought to account for
what he says and does.



Shaikh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah said: "Nobody is free from Hasad, but the noble
person hides it whilst the base person shows it." [Amraad al-Quloob]



If you feel that you are jealous of a specific person, then buy him a gift,
shake hands with him and give him salaams for Hasad is the result of hatred
and the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said:
"Shake hands, for this will dispel rancour, and exchange gifts and love one
another, for this will dispel hatred."
[Narrated by Maalik in al-Muwatta
(1413)]



Abu Hurayrah (radhi allahu anhu) narrated that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi
wa-sallam) said: "By Allah, in Whose Hand is my soul,
you will never enter Paradise until you believe. And you will not believe
unless you love one another. May I tell you something that if you do, you may
love one another? Spread Salaam amongst yourselves."
Ibn Abdul-Barr
said: "This proves that Salaam can lift hatred and produce love." [Saheeh
Muslim]


"A Man from
the People of Paradise will enter now..."


Anas Ibn Malik (radhi allahu
anhu) reported that he and other companions were sitting with the Messenger (sallallahu
alaihi wa-sallam), who said: "A man from the people of Paradise will enter
now." And a man from al-Ansar entered, with his beard dripping with water from
Wudhu (ablution), and holding his sandals in his left hand.



The following day, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) said the same
thing and the same man entered.



On the third day, the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) again repeated his
statement and the same man entered with water dripping and holding his
sandals.



When the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) left, Abdullah Ibn Amr Ibn
al-As (radhi allahu anhu) followed the man and said: 'I quarreled with my
father and I swore I would not go to him for three days and night. Would you
shelter me for these days?' the man replied: 'Yes.'



Anas said: 'Abdullah said that he stayed with this man for three nights and he
did not see him praying at night, but every time he moved and changed position
in bed he would remember Allah saying, 'Allahu Akbar' Until Salat-ul-Fajr."




Abdullah said: 'I didn't hear anything from him but good. When the three
nights had passed… I said: 'O slave of Allah! I really didn't abandon my
father nor was I angry with him. But, I heard the Messenger of Allah speaking
of you on three separate occasions, the Prophet had said that a man from the
people of Paradise would enter, and you were the one to enter on all the three
times. So, I wanted to stay with you to see what you do so that I could follow
you. But I have not seen you doing much. So what is that you do for Allah's
Messenger (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) to say what he had said?'



The man replied: 'It is nothing more than what you saw.' When it was time to
leave, he called me back and said: 'Yes, it is nothing more than what you saw,
except that I have no place in myself for ill-intentions or Hasad towards any
Muslim and what Allah has given them.' Abdullah said: 'This is what has made
you deserving of the praise and this is what we cannot do." [Musnad Ahmad]


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