Islamic Perspective on Envy (Hasad)

Envy or jealousy is known as Hasad, is a disease of the heart and it was one of the first sins ever committed by mankind. It was one of the main things that drove Satan away from his Lord. Hasad (jealousy and envy) is among the most destructive emotions or feelings which a man may have towards his fellow human being. It causes him to wish evil for others and to be happy when misfortune befalls them. The Prophet (s.a.w) warned against envy by comparing it to fire that completely burns the wood. He (s.a.w) said: “Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood.” [Abu Dawud].

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Causes of Hasad

Anger:

When a person is hurt by someone for some reason, he is infuriated, and his anger causes antipathy and urge for revenge in the heart. The person begins to desire misfortune for the other person, he enjoys when he sees him in hardship and he may further think that Allah has done it to him as an evil reward.

In addition, a person can be envious of the gift or talent of another, 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 their anger. Allah says in the Qur’an: “for those….. Who repress anger, and who pardon men. Verily, Allah loves the good doers.” [Soorah al-Imran (3): 134]

Arrogance & Pride:

Sometimes a person is blessed with a certain level of success along with the trappings of fame and wealth, and as a result, this person now resentful of anyone aspiring to be on the same level or even more successful than he or she so he /she becomes envious of that individual.

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.

How to get rid of envy

Repentance

Repent and try to get rid of your sins by seeking forgiveness from Allah. Initially, the believer should have sincerity in repenting from Hasad as Allah’s Messenger (s.a.w) said: “Three things that every heart of a believer should have is sincerity in actions, rendering advice to leaders and holding to Jama’ah (community) of the Muslims, for their supplication surrounds everyone with them.” [Ahmad and Ibn Majah]

Get rid of Hate

The second step 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 person’s ignorance of his Lord. If he recognizes his Lord with the attributes of Perfection, All-Knowledgeable and All-Just to his persons, he would not be discontent and as a result, would not develop Hasad.

Supplication to Allah

Supplicate to Allah to purify your heart. Allah said in the Qur’an: “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]

Charity

Give out charity as it helps purify your heart and sanctifies the soul. This is that main reason Allah told His Prophet: “Take Sadaqah from their wealth in order to purify them and sanctify them with it.” [Soorah at-Tawbah (9): 103]

Greed, jealousy and pride will get us nowhere. Let’s learn to love and be happy for each other, in the name of Islam.

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