Overcoming Jealousy

By Shaykh Yunus Patel رحمة الله عليه

Allah in His Infinite Wisdom which we, with our limited intelligence, cannot comprehend, distributes amongst mankind of His bounties. Wealth, intelligence, health, beauty and all other goodness are given by Allah.

Therefore, there is no need to burn the heart over someone else’s gifts, fortunes and possessions. Harbouring jealousy in the heart only harms the one who is jealous, ruins his peace of mind, torments his heart, and destroys his own good deeds. It is mentioned in a Hadith: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.”

Explaining this, Shaykh Shah Muhammad Ahmad رحمة الله عليه aptly conveyed the reality of jealousy in his poetry:

“Why are you burning yourself in the fire of jealousy?
Why are walking towards the Fire of Hell?
Are you unhappy with the distribution made by
Allah, Himself?
Why are you rubbing the palms of your hands in deep regret?”

Therefore, expel the evil of jealousy from the heart. We must seek goodness from Allah and make the correct effort by making use of the Halaal means to acquire what is permissible to acquire. Be satisfied and content with whatever is achieved.

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