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The Abandoning Of Rancour, Envy And Similar Feelings

By Imam Al-Bayhaqi (RA)

Allah Most High has said:
From the evil of the envier when he envies, [113:5] and: Are they jealous of people because of what Allah in His bounty has given them? [4:54]

Bukhari relates on the authority of Anas that the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, said, "Do not hate one another, or envy one another, or turn your backs on one another; rather be brethren as Allahís slaves. It is not lawful for a Muslim to break off relations with his brother for more than three consecutive nights so that they both turn from each other: the better of them is he who gives the first greeting."

Al-Hasan Al-Basri said with regard to Allahís statement From the evil of the envier when he envies, "This was the first sin to have been committed in heaven." [A reference to Satanís jealousy of Adam, `alaihis salam].

Al-Ahnaf ibn Qays said, "Mark these five truths: an envious man finds no peace, a liar has no manly virtue, a greedy man is not to be trusted, a miser has no power, and a man of bad character has no glory."

Khalil ibn Ahmad said, "A man who does wrong through envy is very similar to one who is wronged: he has no peace of mind, and he is always grieved."

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 enmity comes without provocation,
yet he accepts no excuses while he attacks.

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