Envy is the feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another’s advantages, success and possessions etc.
Envy causes ambition. Ambition is an earnest desire that make eyes blind for some type of achievement or distinction, as power, honor, fame or wealth.
The things envied in life have nearly a limitless range. Especially in the times which Islam is not practiced, evil finds a greater and suitable playground for his misguidance towards all humanity. This poison kills the hearts. These destructs community life, and localize all people to their homes only, and push them to want more and more.
The Prophet, (Pbuh), warned Muslims against envy when he said “Creeping upon you is the diseases of those people before you: envy and hatred. And hatred is the thing that shapes. I do not say it shapes the hair but it shapes the religion. By the One in whose Hand is my soul, you will not enter paradise until you believe, and you will not believe until you love one another. Certainly, let me inform you of that which may establish such things: spread the greetings and peace among yourselves.” [Recorded by Imam Ahmad and Al-Tirmidhi]
In this point we see that the contentment is the golden key for people to reach the inner and outer satisfaction materially and spiritually. Otherwise there will be no end of any desires. If you are healthy, you would like to own a car. If you have a car already, you would like to buy a house. If you have it, you would like to buy the most expensive products to your house and for your own usage. In this concept it is not told that buying high quality expensive products, house or car is a bad
thing. If you are giving a hand to the poor, if you are caring about the society and supporting the values spiritually and materially there is no problem in owning anything. But if you are saying “ I gained, earned, I won’t share it” than the problem starts here. You might have worked hard, but you shouldn’t forget that a human who has limitless enemies and needs like you is not able to get the full success by himself. The achievements you got until now is the blessings comes from Allah in reply to your hard works and sincere intention. You may feel like you are powerful now, but you may lose your health and conditions may change in seconds.
As we are questioning deeply to find the solution of this disease we are going to put the following truths under the scope. “The cure for envy: Let the envious reflect on the ultimate fate of those things that arouse his enmity. Then he will understand that the beauty, strength, rank, and wealth possessed by his rival are transient and temporary. Their benefit is slight, and the anxiety they cause is great. If it is a question of advantages enjoyed with respect to the Hereafter, they cannot be an object of envy. But if one does envy another on account of them, then he is either himself a hypocrite, wishing to destroy the goods of the Hereafter while yet in this world, or he imagines the one whom he envies to be a hypocrite, thus being unjust towards him.”(Risale-i Nur Collection, Letters, 22th Letter)
Nothing is permanent in this worldly life. As all we know, we are going to the hospitals to learn if we have any health problems by check-ups. It is a deep investigation applied on our body to realize the problems. If we use the same method to realize the beauties and blessings that we have, we will find out a list of things that we haven’t thought before.
I am ending of this article with the words of Allah’s Apostle Mohammad (pbuh) “Abdullah ibn ‘Amr reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, “The successful one is he who becomes Muslim, has adequate provision and whom Allah makes satisfied with what He gives him.” [Muslim]