The Disease Of Envy


This introduction is intended to briefly describe envy as a disease of the heart, preceding the text below it by Ibn Taymiyyah.

1. Envy is one of the major sins which is bound to destroy good deeds as fast as the fire burns the wood and dry grass to ashes. “Jealousy eats away at good deeds, just as fire eats away at firewood.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]

2. Envy was described as a sickness by the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam.

3. Envy is hating that good happens to others.

4. Envy is displeasure with Allah’s decree and His granting blessings upon others.

5.“Faith and envy do not go together in the heart of a servant.” [Ibn Hibban, saheeh]

6. “The people will be fine as long as they do not envy one another.” [At-Tabarani with trustworthy narrators]

7. Envy is a characteristic the Jews displayed towards the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, causing them to inflict him harm.

8. Envy leads to hatred.

9. The Prophet, sallallahu `alahi w sallam, described envy as a shearer of the religion.

10. Muslims are commanded in Soorah al-Falaq to seek refuge from the evil of the envier when he envies.

11. Envy is worse than miserliness; this is because the miser only stops himself from having good but the envier dislikes the favours of Allah bestowed upon His servants.

12. No one attains true belief until one loves for one’s brother what one loves for oneself.

13. It is said that the people who have the greatest degree of restlessness are the envious. Such a person has no peace and is continuously grieved.

14. The greatest harm from envy comes to the envier, who with one’s displeasure with Allah’s decree attains a great loss to oneself.

Al-Mubarrad recited the following lines:

The eye of the envier always sees scandal,
bringing out faults and hiding the good.

He meets you cheerfully, with a smiling face,
while his heart conceals his true feelings.

The envier’s enmity comes without provocation,
yet he accepts no excuses while he attacks.

~

[The following is excerpted and adapted from Ibn Taymiyyah’s : “Diseases of the Hearts and Their Cures”|©1998 Al-Hidaayah]

About Umm Abdulazeez

"I am a Muslim who is upon the Qur'aan and the Sunnah and upon the methodology of the Salaf As-Saalih (Pious Predecessors). And that can be said in short by saying, 'I am a Salafee' " [Shaykh Al-Albaanee رحمه الله] ________ Sufyaan Ath-Thawree (rahimahullaah) said: “Indeed knowledge should only be learned for the purpose of fearing Allaah. Indeed, knowledge has been given virtue over other than it because with it Allaah is feared.” [Jaam'i Bayaan al-'Ilm wa Fadlihi by Imaam Ibn Abdil-Barr (rahimahullaah)]
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