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Saturday, July 28, 2007

THE FIRE IN THE HEART!

-destroys the fabric of society-

TO DESIRE THAT SOMEBODY BE DEPRIVED OF THE BLESSINGS WHICH ALLAH TA€ ¦’²ALA HAS BESTOWED UPON HIM IS TANTAMOUNT TO A DIRECT OBJECTION AGAINST ALLAH TA€ ¦’²ALA. THE PROPHET ﺼﻟﻰاﷲﻋﻟﻴﻪﻮﺴﻠﻡ HAS SEVERELY WARNED AGAINST THIS MALADY OF THE HEART WHICH DESTROYS THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY.

It is a major cause of suspicions, malice, enmity and hatred. It often leads to gossip, slander, character assassination and even murder. It is the fir within the heart€ ¦’¥’¥.called JEALOUSY.
Jealousy occurs when one sees another person bestowed with some bounty and desires that the person should be deprived of it. For instance, one sees someone who has more wealth, beauty, intelligence or any other such bounty and begins to burn within his heart over the person who has been blessed. He then wishes that the blessing be snatched away from him in some way. Much worse than this is to desire that a person be deprived from any bounty of deen. This is a grave crime. To desire that somebody be deprived of the blessings which allah ta€ ¦’²ala has bestowed upon him is tantamount to a direct objection against allah ta€ ¦’²ala. The jealous person is actually objecting against allah ta€ ¦’²ala, that the person who was granted the blessing was not deserving of it, so why was it given to him? It should rather have been given to the objector! The severity of this crime is thus evident. Hence the prophet
ﺼﻟﻰاﷲﻋﻟﻴﻪﻮﺴﻠﻡ is reported to have said: Jealousy destroys one€ ¦’²s good deeds just as fire consumes wood. In another narration it is described as something that shaves off one€ ¦’²s good deeds. Jealousy does not only destroy one€ ¦’²s hereafter. The immediate punishment in this world is that the jealous person is constantly burning from within. He simply cannot see the next person happy, hence he is always miserable. Happiness remains far away from him. Jealousy is therefore among the most foolish crimes to commit. One destroys his/her happiness in this world and his/her rewards in the hereafter, yet he gains nothing in return. One desires the destruction of another person but in the process only brings destruction to oneself. Having realized that jealousy is a serious disease, one should treat this malady of the heart with utmost urgency. Among the ways of removing Jealousy from the
heart are the following: Praise the person you are jealous of infront of others, make Salaam to him often, occasionally give him some gift, etc.

MAY ALLAH GUIDE US ALL TOWARDS THE TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF DEEN. AMEEN

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