The danger of jealousy


In Islam, it says we should wish for others what we wish for ourselves. If you feel that way for others, it means you have a good heart. However, what about the feeling of jealousy? Jealousy is one of the greatest diseases of the soul. It destroys the mind and the body also. The more jealous you are, the more negative your life will be. Misery will always come in your way. By acting that way, you are acknowledging  that ALLAH is unjust?? The creator gives to whomever he wishes. We are no one to go against HIS decision.

Morever, as soon as jealousy enters your body, you will not rest at all. Your mind will keep overthinking on how to destroy that someone ele’s life. You will devote yourself to that thus leading to pain, suffering, sadness, anger, nervousness… in other word, you simply destroy your sweet life. It destroys a person’s mental peace and happiness. I once read in a book, “A jealous one is a person who becomes like a Black poisonous snake, finding no repose until it releases it’s venom into an innocent body.” This short quote is a strong one. It explains it all.

Furthermore, jealousy is considered as a great sin! It makes one’s heart so impure that faith in Allah leaves that person. Our Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) was once asked, ‘Who are the best people?’ He (P.B.U.H) replied “the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue” . He (P.B.U.H) was then again asked “what does a clean heart mean?” Prophet Mohammad (P.B.U.H) answered, “It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad.” [Ibn Majah].

In another Hadith, prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) said…”Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawood].

Let’s take the example of Ibliss, when Allah ordered Ibliss to prostrate to Adam, what did he do? He refused! He refused because he felt that feeling of jealousy towards Adam. If Ibliss felt it, who says we humans won’t?? That is why we should seek refuge to Allah constantly.

Last but not least, we should seek Allah’s protection from the jealous ones. In this Holy month, may Allah remove jealousy from us all. All jealous people should do their very best in this month. Duah is never rejected. May Allah guide us all.

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