[FRIDAY KHUTBAH] Getting Rid of a Mazmumah Trait: Envy

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Friday Khutbah from MUIS (14th April 2017)

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Blessed Friday Jemaah,

Let us have taqwa in Allah, obey all of His commands and abstain from what He has prohibited upon us. Let us enrich our understanding of Islam and develop our hearts to be sincere in our servitude and worship, inshaAllah.

Respected Jemaah,

Allow me to begin by sharing a story reported by Imam Ahmad bin Hanbal, for this is a story that contains beneficial lessons. This story took place in the Prophet’s mosque (Masjidil Nabawi). The Prophet s.a.w. was with his companions and that time, when he suddenly said:

Soon, a man will enter, whose place in Paradise has been guaranteed by Allah s.w.t.

A man from the people of Ansar then entered (the mosque). The next day, the same thing happened, and again on the third day. Every time the man entered the mosque, Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. would say that he is among the dwellers of Paradise.

A companion by the name of Abdullah bin Amr, was determined to find out why that man was guaranteed Paradise. And so he visited the man at home, and found an excuse to be his guest for three days. Throughout the three days, Abdullah Bin Amr watched the actions and deeds of the man. However, he did not find anything extraordinary or exception in his acts of worship. On the third day, Abdullah Bin Amr confessed why he stayed at the man’s house, and that was to find out what specific acts of worship he performed that made Rasulullah identify the man as a dweller of Paradise. With true humility, the man responded:

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Meaning: “I am as you have seen, except that I do not find dishonesty in my soul towards the Muslims and I do not envy anyone because of the good that Allah has given them”.

Abdullah bin Amr replied:

“This is what you have achieved and it is something we have not accomplished.”

Subhanallah! Allah s.w.t. has given this man the reward of Paradise. Paradise that is as wide as the skies and the earth. Such a magnificent reward from Allah s.w.t. awaits those who have a pure and noble heart, which is free from envy and jealousy.

Jemaah,

Envy and jealousy will only lead to a feeling of displeasure when seeing others being blessed by Allah’s bounty. One will feel disturbed, uneasy, and often thinking of the worst of others and developing negative presumptions. There is no benefit to envy and jealousy. It is true what the Prophet s.a.w said, (meaning): Beware of envy, for it consumes good deeds just as fire consumes wood or grass. [Hadith reported by Imam Abu Daud].

Envy will place one in danger, whether in this life or in the hereafter. According to Imam Al-Ghazali, Allah s.w.t. is displeased with those who have envy in their hearts, and are often jealous towards Allah’s blessings to His servants. This is because these blessings come from Allah The Almighty. Allah gives because He wishes to gives, and He has the power to withdraw or delay a blessing. Hence, one should not be envious and jealous of the blessings that come from Allah, and remember that the blessings do not come from the person himself.

Allah s.w.t. talks about those who have this disease of the heart, and how they will never be calm and at ease when seeing others being better off. Allah says in the Quran:

Meaning: If good touches you, it distresses them; but if harm strikes you, they rejoice at it. And if you are patient and fear Allah, their plot will not harm you at all. Indeed, Allah is encompassing of what they do. [Surah Ali Imran: 120].

Jemaah,

It is normal for everyone to desire and want the best for themselves and their families. When we see others being bestowed with blessings, we will wish to have these for ourselves too. Islam acknowledges this. At the same time, Islam teaches us to overcome envy and jealousy, and to channel those feelings to something more positive and purposeful.

First: Be grateful (syukr) to Allah s.w.t. for all of that He has given us.

Allah s.w.t. reveals in the Quran:

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Meaning: And [remember] when your Lord proclaimed, ‘If you are grateful, I will surely increase you [in favour]; but if you deny, indeed, My punishment is severe.’ ” [Surah Ibrahim, verse 7].

Being grateful preserves and protects our heart from envy, especially when we see our family members and friends attaining the comforts of life. This is because gratitude will give us a sense of realisation that all the affairs in this world are in the hands of Allah s.w.t. A person who has iman and taqwa in his heart will be calm and grateful for all the blessings that Allah has bestowed upon him. If we ever feel that there are blessings that have not been bestowed upon us, then reflect upon all the blessings that Allah s.w.t. has showered upon us, and not upon others.

Second: Channel it as a source of motivation for us to increase our diligence.

Remember that success does not happen overnight. If we aspire for a comfortable life, then the way as taught by the Prophet s.a.w. and adhered to by the companions, is to work hard. Saidina Abdurrahman ibn Auf, an entrepreneur, arrived in Madinah with nothing. Allah blessed him with sustenance. Saidina Abu Bakar and Saidina Umar traded at the market in Madinah. Saidina Shuhaib Ar-rumi was a blacksmith. Follow the examples of the companions, and do not just sit and do nothing while hoping for life’s comforts to come out of nowhere. The Prophet s.a.w. have taught them to work hard, and to put their faith in Allah (tawakkal). It is only then the comforts and ease will come from Allah.

May Allah SWT preserve our hearts from having envy and jealousy that can be the cause of conflicts, and may He adorn our hearts with gratitude, iman and taqwa. Amin Ya Rabbal ‘Alamin.

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Source from: http://www.muis.gov.sg/officeofthemufti/khutbah.html

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