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Jealousy

Jealousy is a feeling of being angry or unhappy because you wish you had something that someone else has. It is a kind of heart disease. It’s a great sin. Satan had to face Allah’s anger because he was jealous of Prophet Adam. Allah and the Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) have forbidden us to be jealous. Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W)  said:

 

“Do not hate one another, nor be jealous of one another; and do not desert one another, but O Allah’s worshipers! Be Brothers! And it is unlawful for a Muslim to desert his brother Muslim (and not to talk to him) for more than three nights.”

(Sahih Bukhari)

 

“Don’t bear aversion against one another and don’t be jealous of one another and be servants of Allah.”(Sahih Muslim)

 

“Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawood]

 

When Allah’s Messenger (S.A.W) was asked who are the best of people? He (S.A.W) replied: “the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue.” They asked: ‘We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?’ he (S.A.W) answered: “It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and jealousy.” [Ibn Majah]

 

Jealousy can cause a person to indulge in disbelief because it causes the individual to feel that Allah has not been fair with him; he forgets all the mercy and blessings which Allah has bestowed upon him. The Messenger of Allah (S.A.W) said:

 

“They are enemies for Allah’s bounties.” They asked: “Who are they?” He (S.A.W) said: “Those who envy people for what Allah has given them of Bounty.” [at-Tabaranee]

 

Allah through His Absolute Wisdom has given some people more wealth, intelligence, beauty, strength, children, etc. than others. The believing Muslim should be content with what Allah has destined for him. Allah says:

 

“And Allah has favored some of you over others in provision. But those who were favored would not hand over their provision to those whom their right hands possess so they would be equal to them therein. Then is it the favor of Allah they reject?” [Al-Quran 16:71]

 

And:

 

“Or do they envy people for what Allah has given them of His bounty?”[Al-Quran 4:54]

 

Jealousy does not only destroy our good deeds but it also has a bad impact on our health. We may have aggression, anxiety, stress, loneliness and depression. None of it is good for our health. So, it’s better not to be jealous.

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