(Or do they envy men for what Allah has given them of
(Qur'an 4: 54)
Jealousy is a disease that wreaks havoc not only on
the mind, but also on the body. lt is said that there is no repose for the
jealous one and that he is an enemy wearing the garb of a friend. In doing
justice to the disease of jealousy, one can say that it is a fair one, for it
begins with its bearer, killing him first.
I forbid both you and myself from jealousy, because
before we can show mercy to others we must first show it to ourselves. By being
jealous of others, we are feeding misery with our flesh and blood and we are
giving our sound sleep to others.
The jealous person lights a fire and then jumps into
it. Jealousy begets grief, pain, and suffering, thus destroying what was once a
calm and virtuous life.
The curse of the jealous one is that he contests fate
and contends that his Creator is unjust.
How like a disease is jealousy, yet unlike other
diseases W the one afflicted by it receives no reward in the Hereafter. The
jealous person shall remain in fury until the day he dies, or until the good fortune
of others departs from them. Everyone can be reconciled except the jealous one,
because reconciliation with him requires that the blessings of Allah are
removed from you or that you give up your talents and good qualities. If you
were to do this, then perhaps he would become happy despite himself We seek
refuge in Allah from the evil of the jealous one, a person who becomes like a
black poisonous snake, finding no repose until it releases its venom into an innocent
So stay far away from jealousy and seek refuge in
Allah from the jealous person, because he is constantly watching you.