Monday, August 10, 2009

Terminator...beware of the Hasad

Hasad (jealousy and envy - dengki dan irihati in Malay) is among the most destructive emotions or feeling which a man may have towards his fellow human being. It causes him to wish evil for others and to be happy when misfortune befalls them. The Prophet (SAW) warned against envy by comparing it to fire that completely burns the wood. He (SAW) said: "Beware of jealousy, for verily it destroys good deeds the way fire destroys wood." [Abu Daud]

Hasad is a disease of the heart and it causes impurity to the heart, when Allah's Messenger (SAW) was asked who are the best of people? He (SAW) replied: "the one with a clean heart and truthful tongue." They asked: 'We understand a truthful tongue, but what does a clean heart mean?' he answered: 'It is the heart of one that is pious, pure, and is free of sin, transgressions, hatred and Hasad." [Ibn Majah]

Hasad is such a dangerous characteristic that Allah revealed verses of the Qur'an to be recited as a protection from the jealous, "Say: I seek refuge in the Lord of the dawn; from the evil of envious when he envies." [Surah al-Falaq (113): 1]

At-Tirmizi narrated from al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam that the Prophet (SAW) said: "There has come to you the disease of the nations before you, jealousy and hatred. This is the 'shaver' (destroyer); I do not say that it shaves hair, but that it shaves (destroys) faith" [(Hasan) at-Tirmizi]

Hasad can cause the person to indulge in disbelief because it causes the individual to feel that Allah has not been fair with him; he forgets all the mercy and blessings which Allah has bestowed upon him. The Messenger of Allah (SAW) said: "They are enemies for Allah's bounties." They asked: "Who are they?" He said: "Those who envy people for what Allah has given them of Bounty." [at-Tabarani]

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