Hadith on Envy: People will be good as long as they do not envy one another

May 16, 2015

Damura ibn Tha’laba reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “The people will remain upon goodness as long as they do not envy each other.”

Source: al-Mu’jam al-Kabīr 8079

Grade: Hasan (fair) according to Al-Haythami

Al-Ghazali said, “As for beneficial deeds, it is to be a judge over envy. For everything that envy brings to court of sayings and deed, he should oblige himself to do its opposite. If envy compels him to disparage the envied, then he should oblige his tongue to praise him and commend him. If envy compels him to be arrogant against him, then he should require himself to be humble before him and apologize to him… These are the cures for envy and they are very beneficial, although they are very bitter for the heart. Rather, the benefit is in bitter medicine.”

Source: Iḥyāʼ Ulūm al-Dīn 3/199

عَنْ ضَمُرَةَ بْنِ ثَعْلَبَةَ قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَسَلَّمَ لا يَزَالُ النَّاسُ بِخَيْرٍ مَا لَمْ يَتَحَاسَدُوا

8079 المعجم الكبير للطبراني باب الضاد من اسمه ضحاك

8/81 المحدث الهيثمي خلاصة حكم المحدث رجاله ثقات على مجمع الزوائد

قال الغزالي وأما العمل النافع فيه فهو أن يحكم الحسد فكل ما يتقاضاه الحسد من قول وفعل فينبغي أن يكلف نفسه نقيضه فإن حمله الحسد على القدح في محسوده كلف لسانه المدح له والثناء عليه وإن حمله على التكبر عليه ألزم نفسه التواضع له والاعتذار إليه … فَهَذِهِ هِيَ أَدْوِيَةُ الْحَسَدِ وَهِيَ نَافِعَةٌ جِدًّا إِلَّا أَنَّهَا مُرَّةٌ عَلَى الْقُلُوبِ جِدًّا وَلَكِنَّ النَّفْعَ فِي الدَّوَاءِ الْمُرِّ

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