Protect your heart...
- Prophet Muhamamd (s.a.w) said: “Truly in the body there is a morsel of flesh which, if it be whole, all the body is whole and which, if it be diseased, all of it is diseased. Truly it is the heart.” [Sahih Bukhari and Muslim]
- On the authority of Abu 'Abdullah al-Nu'man bin Bashir, radiyallahu 'anhu, who said: I heard the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, say:
"Truly, what is lawful is evident, and what is unlawful is evident, and in between the two are matters which are doubtful which many people do not know. He who guards against doubtful things keeps his religion and honour blameless, and he who indulges in doubtful things indulges in fact in unlawful things, just as a shepherd who pastures his flock round a preserve will soon pasture them in it. Beware, every king has a preserve, and the things Allah has declared unlawful are His preserves. Beware; in the body there is a flesh; if it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is corrupt, the whole body is corrupt, and beholds, it is the heart." [Al-Bukhari & Muslim]
- Avoid Jealousy
The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said "Avoid jealousy, for it destroys good deeds as fire destroys wood."
--------- Riyadh-us-Salaheen, Hadith 1569
- In the hadith the prophet (pbuh) said: “three people whose du’a (supplication) will not be answered: the one who eats haram (prohibited); the one who indulges in back-biting; and the one who has in his heart enmity or envy towards the muslims.”
At-Tirmidhee narrated from al-Zubayr Ibn al-Awam that the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wa-sallam) 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) Jamee at-Tirmidhee (2434)]
- In the hadith, anas ibn malik (may allah be pleased with him) reported: “while we were sitting with the prophet (pbuh), he informed us ‘that a man from paradise will approach you soon’. There then appeared a man from ansar whose beard was still dripping water from his wudhu (ablution), and he was holding his shoes in his left hand. The following day, the prophet (pbuh) told us the same thing, and again the same man appeared. The same incident happened on the third day. As the prophet (pbuh) left us, abdullah ibn omar (may allah be pleased with them) followed the man home and said to him ‘i have argued with my father and sworn that i will not return for three days. Can you accommodate me for these three days?’ the man agreed, and, later, abdullah informed us that while he was with the man he did not witness anything out of the ordinary: in fact, he was almost unimpressed with his work. Abdullah further remarked that after the passing of the three days, he explained to the man the real reason why he was there, and reiterated the words of the prophet (pbuh). He then asked him about any special things that would have earned him such a status. The man replied: ‘nothing other than you have seen!’ as he was leaving, the man called him back and said: ‘it is what you have seen except i have never had in my heart any deception or envy towards any of the muslims for any bounty that allah has bestowed upon them.’ abdullah then said: ‘then that is what earned you this status.’”
Abu Hurairah (radhiAllahu anhu) narrated: Messenger of Allah (sallaAllahu alayhe wasallam) said, “Allah does not look at your figures, nor at your attire but He looks at your hearts [and deeds].” [Muslim]
O mankind! surely We have created you of a male and a female, and made you tribes and families that you may know each other; verily the most honored of you in the sight of Allah is (he who is) the most righteous of you; surely Allah is Knowing, Aware (al-Hujurat 49:13)
The most important thing: Always attend to your heart, constantly wash it until it is purified.
- Meaning for jealousy and
The meaning of jealousy is that man desires that a blessing may be removed from his faithful brother though he knows that the said comfort is befitting him and hence the title.
Abu Hamzah Anas bin Malik, radiyallahu 'anhu, who was the servant of the Messenger of Allah, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, reported that the Prophet, sallallahu 'alayhi wasallam, said
"None of you truly believes (in Allah and in His religion) until he loves for his brother what he loves for himself" [Al-Bukhari & Muslim