Jealousy in Islam

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Jealousy
Jalal Aref
Among the many disease of the heart, jealousy is one of the most serious diseases in the Muslim and non-Muslim communities. Jealousy is when one wants something that another person has and wants this blessing to be taken away from the person who is blessed and to get this blessing for himself/herself. Jealousy is very serious because the Prophet Mohammad (SAW) said that jealousy eats up a Muslim’s good deeds like the fire eats up all of the wood. Jealousy can be caused by worldly matters and also by some religious matters. It also causes many issues with Allah and issues with people in the society.

Jealousy due to worldly matters comes in several forms. An example of jealousy due to worldly matters is when a poor person is jealous of a rich person who owns lots of money. This jealousy will not only affect the poor person in his morals and his punishment in the hereafter, but it may also affect the rich person by an extreme form of jealousy called Al-Hasad. When one person is jealous of another person, the one who is jealous will always be thinking about what he/she does not have rather than what he/she does have and this can lead to more diseases of the heart such as backbiting or even stealing in severe cases. The effect of jealousy on the person who has the bounties is sometimes worse than the effect of jealousy on the person who is jealous. These forms of jealousy are all about worldly matters and not about the matters of religion which can sometimes be very crucial and serious.

Jealousy in matters of religion is different because people who are jealous about religion are not looking for materialistic things but they may be looking for something else. A great example of jealousy in matters of religion is the story of Habil and Qabil. When Habil and Qabil were told to make a sacrifice for good, and whoever was more sincere in his worship would have the right to marry the girl that they both wanted to marry. When Habil’s sacrifice was...
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