In The Name of Allaah, The Most Merciful, The Bestower of Mercy.

Damratah bin Thalabah [radiyallaahu anhu] said, “Allaah’s Messenger [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, ‘The people will not cease to be upon good as long as they do not envy one another'”.

Shaikh Zaid Bin Haadi said: The hadeeth is clear in its prohibition against envy. And what is intended by the [word] envy is when one wishes that the blessing bestowed upon another person should cease, regardless whether the envier wants that blessing for himself or for another person, or wants that the blessing given to the one he envies should cease- whether the blessings is related to an affair of the religion or a worldly affair. Envy is forbidden and indeed the command to seek Allaah’s protection from the evil of an envier has been stated in the Qur’aan: [وَمِن شَرِّ حَاسِدٍ إِذَا حَسَدَ  – And from the evil of the envier when he envies]. Therefore, one should be careful of envy! Indeed the Prophet [sallal laahu alayhi wasallam] said, “Do not envy one another”. [At-taleeqaat Al-Maleehah Alaa Silsilah Al-Ahaadeeth as-Saheehah. Page 270. Slightly paraphrased]

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