Dr Asri's perspective on " HASAD ",
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Thank you for sending me this short but meaningful utube expose on ' Hasad ' by Dr Asri. I include here a short exceprt from Shaykh Abd al al Qadir al Jilani, on the same subject , taken from Muchtar Holland's translation of the Shaykh's discourses from 'Jala al Khawatir' transliterally translated as 'Removal of Cares'. A historical perspective on the issue of Hasad....
Beware of envy [ hasad ], for it is a bad companion indeed. It was envy that wrecked the house of iblis, that ruined him, that made him one of the people of the Fire of Hell, and that cause him to be damned by the Lord of truth [ Almighty and Glorious is He ] and by His angels and His Prophets and all His creatures. How could any sensible person indulge in feelings of envy, when he has heard the words of Allah [ Exalted is He ] :
We have shared out amongst them their livelihood in the life of this world, [ 43 : 32 ]
Or are they envious of the people because of that which Allah has bestowed upon them of His bounty? [ 4 : 54 ]
He must also have heard the saying of the Prophet [ Allah bless him and give him peace ] :
Envy consumes the merit earned by good deeds, just as the fire consumes the logs of wood
O young man! As one of the learned scholars has said: " By Allah, once a person is filled with envy he may go as far as to murder his friend. "
Let us take refuge with Allah [ Almighty and Glorious is He ] from the person who is filled with envy, for he is always involved in some dispute with Him, about His work, about His creatures and His allotment of shares.
I speak to you as one who is not interested in what you have in your house, in your goods, your property and your gifts. As long as I carry on like this, you will benefit from what I have to tell you, if Allah [ Exalted is He ] so wills. As long as the speaker has his eyes on your turbans, your robes and your pockets, you will derive no benefit from what he has to say. So long as he is watching your smoke [ ie your outward appearance ] and harbouring greedily ambitious expectations of you, you will derive no benefit from what he has to say. His speech will be an empty shell with no kernel [ lubb ] inside it, a bone with no meat on it, a bitter pill with nothing to sweeten it, an outer form with no inner content.......
" A'u zubi kallimatillah hittam ma ti min sharri ma kholak "
I seek refuge from the kalimah of Allah against the evils of the things [ creatures ] He has created.
A short Dua from Imam Malik's Muwata.
And covet not the thing in which Allah hath made some of you excel others. Unto men a fortune from that which they have earned, and unto women a fortune from that which they have earned. (Envy not one another) but ask Allah of His bounty. Lo! Allah is ever Knower of all things.
Surah An Nisa , 4 : 32
Is he who was dead and We have raised him unto life, and set for him a light wherein he walketh among men, as him whose similitude is in utter darkness whence he cannot emerge? Thus is their conduct made fairseeming for the disbelievers. (122) And thus have We made in every city great ones of its wicked ones, that they should plot therein. They do but plot against themselves, though they perceive not. (123) And when a token cometh unto them, they say: We will not believe till we are given that which Allah's messengers are given. Allah knoweth best with whom to place His message. Humiliation from Allah and heavy punishment will smite the guilty for their scheming. (124) And whomsoever it is Allah's will to guide, He expandeth his bosom unto the Surrender, and whomsoever it is His Will to send astray, He maketh his bosom close and narrow as if he were engaged in sheer ascent. Thus Allah layeth ignominy upon those who believe not. (125) This is the path of thy Lord, a straight path. We have detailed Our revelations for a people who take heed. (126) For them is the abode of peace with their Lord. He will be their Protecting Friend because of what they used to do. (127)
Al Anaam, 6 : 122-127