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Imaam Ibnul Qayyim (rahimahullaah) said:

“Being satisfied and sufficed (with Allaah) opens a door of safety for the slave, and it cleanses his heart of deception, corruptionand rancour. And none will be saved from the punishment of Allaah, except the one who comes to Allaah (on the Day of Judgement) with a pure heart. Likewise, there cannot be peacefulness of the heart alongside discontentment and an absence of satisfaction (with Allaah); and whenever the slave’s satisfaction (with his Lord) becomes stronger, his heart is more at peace. So malice, corruption and deception are companions of discontentment, and peacefulnesspiety and sincerity of the heart are companions of satisfaction. Likewise, envy is from the fruits of discontentment and the heart’s safety from it is from the fruits of satisfaction (with Allaah).”

And Allaah knows best.

[Source: Inshiraah As-Sadr: page: 163: Madaarij As-Saalikeen: 2/207|By: Markazus Salafi]

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Question: If after repeated attempts, a person is not able to apply something that he exhorts others to do, is it still permissible for him to call others to do that action? what if he does so supposing that the person he is calling will be able to apply what he failed to apply himself?

Answer: When one is inviting others to do a good thing that he himself is not capable of doing, then yes, he should call others to do it. An example of this is if someone calls others to pray late at night while he himself is not able to do so. If someone calls others to give charity, but he himself has no sufficient resources to give charity, then we tell him to go ahead and invite others to give charity. But as for him calling to something that he is capable of applying but doesn’t then this is foolish in intellect and astray in religion.

[Shaykh Muhammad bin Saalih al-`Uthaymeen|Fatawa Islamiyah vol.8, p.56, Darussalam]

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This introduction is intended to briefly describe envy as a disease of the heart, preceding the text below it by Ibn Taymiyyah.

  1. Envy is one of the major sins which is bound to destroy good deeds as fast as the fire burns the wood and dry grass to ashes. “Jealousy eats away at good deeds, just as fire eats away at firewood.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
  2. Envy was described as a sickness by the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam.
  3. Envy is hating that good happens to others.
  4. Envy is displeasure with Allah’s decree and His granting blessings upon others.
  5. “Faith and envy do not go together in the heart of a servant.” [Ibn Hibban, saheeh]
  6. “The people will be fine as long as they do not envy one another.” [At-Tabarani with trustworthy narrators]
  7. Envy is a characteristic the Jews displayed towards the Prophet, sallallahu `alaihi wa sallam, causing them to inflict him harm.
  8. Envy leads to hatred.
  9. The Prophet, sallallahu `alahi w sallam, described envy as a shearer of the religion.
  10. Muslims are commanded in Soorah al-Falaq to seek refuge from the evil of the envier when he envies.
  11. Envy is worse than miserliness; this is because the miser only stops himself from having good but the envier dislikes the favours of Allah bestowed upon His servants.
  12. No one attains true belief until one loves for one’s brother what one loves for oneself.
  13. It is said that the people who have the greatest degree of restlessness are the envious. Such a person has no peace and is continuously grieved.
  14. The greatest harm from envy comes to the envier, who with one’s displeasure with Allah’s decree attains a great loss to oneself.

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

The following is excerpted and adapted from Ibn Taymiyyah’s “Diseases of the Hearts and Their Cures” [©1998 Al-Hidaayah]

Strictly speaking, envy (hasad) is hatred and disliking the good condition of the envied one. This is of two types:

1) The blameworthy type of envy is unrestricted dislike of the blessings bestowed upon the envied. This is the type of jealousy that incurs blame, so when one hates something he is then hurt and grieved by the existence of what he hates, and this becomes a sickness in his heart such that he takes pleasure in the removal of the blessings from the envied even if this does not result in any benefit to him except the single benefit of having the pain that was in his soul removed. But this pain is not removed except as a result of his continuously watching the envied so that the jealous person finds relief when the blessing is removed, but then it becomes more severe as is the case of the one who is sick, for it is possible that this blessing, or one similar to it, returns to the envied. This is why the second group said: ‘It is a desire to have the blessings removed,’ for indeed the one who dislikes the blessings bestowed upon other than him desires them to see removed.

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Shaykh Ibn Baaz (may Allah have mercy on him) said:

The best advice that can be given for healing the heart and dispelling hardheartedness is to pay attention to the Holy Qur’aan, ponder it and read it a great deal, as well as remembering Allah, may He be glorified and exalted, a great deal. Reading and pondering the Holy Qur’aan, as well as remembering Allah a great deal, and saying,

سبحان الله و الحمد لله و لا اله إلا الله و الله أكبر, سبحان الله و بحمده, سبحان الله العظيم, لا اله إلا الله وحده لا شريك له, له الملك و له الحمد يحيي و يميت و هو على كل شيئ قدير
“Subhaan Allah wal hamdu Lillah wa laa ilaaha ill-Allah wa Allahu akbar; Subhaan Allah wa bi hamdih, subhaan Allah il-‘Azeem; Laa ilaaha ill-Allaah wahdahu laa shareeka lah, lahu’l-mulk wa lahu’l-hamd yuhyi wa yumeet wa huwa ‘ala kulli shay’in qadeer

(Glory be to Allah, praise be to Allah, there is no god but Allah and Allah is Most Great; Glory and praise be to Allah, glory be to Allah the Almighty; there is no god but Allaah alone, with no partner or associate, His is the Dominion and to Him be praise, He gives life and gives death, and He has power over all things)” — all of these are means of removing hardheartedness.

(Majmoo‘ Fataawa Ibn Baaz, 24/388)

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Abdullah ibn ‘Amr ibn al-‘Aas said, that he heard Allaah’s Messenger saying:
“All the hearts of the offspring of Aadam are between two fingers of Ar-Rahman’s Fingers, as one heart. He turns it (in any direction) as He wills.”
Then Allaah’s Messenger said:

يا مقلب القلوب ثبت قلبي على دينك
Ya Muqallib al-Quluub, thabbit qalbi ala Deenik.
O Turner of the Hearts – keep my heart firm on Your Deen.

[Sahih Muslim – authenticated by al-Albani]

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