Jealousy : Causes, Symptoms, and Cures

The best of people could have those diseases. Maybe a doctor that cures people could have those diseases, maybe a 'Alim that teaches people could have that disease. It's a disease that is very difficult to tell and it is much more lethal, much more deadly than a physical disease because a physical disease, it harms the body. The body gets sick and then the body gets better. And when the body is sick, it is only one person that is hurt.

But when there is a spiritual disease, when there is a social disease, when there are some diseases of the soul, it is not only one person that is hurting, the whole community will begin to hurt. Sometimes you see families break apart. Two brothers, two members of one family, they stop talking to one another. Why? Because one person is always jealous of another person. One person is constantly backbiting, the other person.

Or another disease, another feeling that it is difficult to go to the doctor and get a cure for, is for example, anger. Can you go and tell the doctor I am angry. I need a medication that will stop me from becoming angry? No. Or jealousy or hatred. Some people, you find them, their hearts are filled with hatred, their hearts are filled with animosity, always looking at anything, any scenario, any group of people with a negative look. Never trusting anyone. This is a sign of a weakness in the person, a weakness in the soul and one of the greatest of these diseases, the diseases of the soul, is the feeling of jealousy.

Now, what is jealousy? There is a halal and then there is a line that is crossed that makes it haram. Jealousy is when a person wishes for another person to lose what they have. You see another person, he has a na'ma, he has a blessing, either a materialistic blessing or a non-material blessing, for example, you see someone, this person has money. This person has a nice house. This person has a nice car. This person is living a comfortable lifestyle.

Jealousy is when you look at that person and you say, I wish that this person does not become rich. I wish that this person loses their money. I wish that this person crashes their car. I wish something happens to this person's house so that, that person will lose that na'ma that they are in. Or sometimes it is not a materialistic na'ma. Sometimes a person has knowledge. You look at this person, this person is a knowledgeable person.

Or sometimes another person, he is a liked person. A person is popular. Everyone likes this person. Everyone admires this person. Everyone reveres this person. You come and you say, no, this person is not even that, all that. This person does not even deserve the praise. This person does not deserve to be respected and honoured and cherished in the community. This person is not a scholar and you wish for that person to have that na'ma that they have, you wish the zawaal in-na'ma. You wish for that to be removed from that person.

Now it does not matter if you have the money or do not have the money. Sometimes you find some people, they tell them, stop talking about this person. He says, no, no, no, I have money, too. Why should I become jealous? But this person, in reality, they are jealous. Why should I be jealous of another person if they have money? I also have money. Does not matter sometimes a person who has money, but they are very jealous from another person who also has money because they want to be the only one.

Sometimes a person, he is a scholar, he is a knowledgeable person. He is the one with all the eyes are on him. He has all the prestige, the status, everything is on him. And then another person comes and he says, no, I do not want that person. I want all the lights to be shining on me. Now, whether this person has or does not have, a person can be jealous, whether they want that thing for themselves or they do not want it for themselves.

For example, someone has a respectable position. I do not want that person's position. But I come and I say, no, this person I wish that this person loses it. So it does not matter if I am taking it or I am not taking it, I have that status or I don't have that status. It is 'Tamanni zawaal in-na'ma,' wishing for the na'ma, the blessing, to be removed from that person's life.

The moment a person begins to wish, the moment a person begins to act upon it through their tongue, through their actions, through their mouth, through their hands, saying something, doing anything, acting upon it, this becomes jealousy and it becomes haram, one of the great sins.

Now, when does jealousy not become haram? Because jealousy, it is a feeling in the heart. Sometimes some people, they say, I cannot control what happens in my heart. I have no control of what is going on in my heart, it is an emotion. Yes, we have hadith from Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi. Allahumma salli 'alaa Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'alaa Muhammad, wa aali Muhammad].

Rasul Allah says: 'Rufia' an ummati tis'.' Nine things have been lifted from my Ummah, they are not going to be held accountable for this. One of them is the jealousy that is not acted upon. If you are able to control yourself, if you are able to control your emotions, control your tongue, control your hands, control your desires, and do not reveal that jealousy. But it is very difficult when someone has a feeling of jealousy, it comes out. You could tell through their tongue, through their actions, through anything that they say or they do. It is very easy because the heart and the body, it reflects one another. The body and whatever you do with your actions, it reflects what is in your heart. So the one who is able to not reveal that feeling, Allah Subhanu wa Ta'ala will not hold that person accountable.

Now, what is halal? Halal is to wish to have that blessing that the other person has. If you see your brother, he has something, if you see and he has something, if you see someone that has something and you say, I wish to have that as well, there is nothing wrong with that. It becomes haraam, jealousy is when you say, I don't want that person to have that. I wish that that person loses what they have. I wish that that person crashes their car. I wish that that person's house something happens to it, that is jealousy. But to say I wish to have a house just like this person, there is nothing wrong with that. And that is called ghibta. Ghibta, it is not haraam. And the hadith says 'al mu'min' Imam Sadiq, he says 'Inna al-mu'min yaghbit wa la yahsad.' The mu'min, he has the ghibta, he wishes to have what other people have, but he does not say, I wish that they lose what they have. He does not wish harm for other people.

We have a hadith from Imam Zainul Abideen (as) he says that my uncle, Al-Abbas, Abul Fadl Abbas, he has a position in paradise. 'Yaghbituhu jami'i shuhada.' He has a position in paradise, the position of the shuhada, that all of the shuhada are going to wish to have that position. And he uses the word ghibta, yaghbituhu. There is nothing wrong with that because there is nothing wrong with wishing to have something as long as you're not wishing for the na'ma of that other person to be removed. But the moment you begin to pray, you begin to do something against another person and this person has not done anything to hurt you, this person Allah has blessed this person, the moment a person wishes that, it becomes haraam.

And it is a disease, a spiritual disease, a social disease, many people, you find them, they pray, they fast, they go to hajj, they do everything that they are supposed to do, but then the moment they see another person has something that they do not have, you see they start talking about this person, they start bringing that person down in any way, any way, start bringing that person down. This is a test, that some people are tested.

And in fact, there is a hadith says that this is the test of the 'Ulama. Sometimes you find the scholars, this is what they are tested with. So you don not have to be a person who is a fasiq, a person who is not religious, to show these signs. It is a sign that sometimes the best people in the community, the highest ranking people in the community, they show those signs. And this is why Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala gives us numerous stories in the Qur'an, numerous stories in the Qur'an.

The first sin! Iblis, Satan, why did he refuse to bow to Adam? Because he was jealous of Adam. He tells Allah:"Khalaqtani min naarin wa khalaqtahu min tin" (7:12). I am better than him.' I am not going to bow to Adam, even if that means breaking the order of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. He says 'I am created from fire, I am better than him. Why should I come and bow to Adam even if Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala ordered him to do so.

Another story [5:27-30], there were four people on earth, Adam, his wife and Qabil and Habil, their two children. But one of the sons, he became jealous of the other, because Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala accepted the sacrifice of one brother and did not accept the sacrifice of the other. He goes and he kills his own brother. This all stems from jealousy. It all stems from the feeling of jealousy.

A third story in the Qur'an, the story of Prophet Yusuf, alayhi as-salam. The brothers of Prophet Yusuf. They grew up in a house where their father is a prophet of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala; prophet Yaqub, alayhi as-salam. They grew up in a house of prayer, a house of munajaat, a house of supplication. But they see their brother, he has a position that they do not have, they go and they bring the bala' [calamities] upon their brother. For over 40 years, their brother was lost because of jealousy, because of a feeling of jealousy.

So therefore, sometimes jealousy, this disease of the heart, it is much more severe and much more dangerous than a physical disease. Sometimes a person has heart disease, person has cancer, a person has diabetes, a sickness only they are hurt, and they are not hurting anyone else.

But there are some diseases that the person who is jealous, they hurt themselves because the hadith says that a jealous person will never be satisfied. The jealous person, every day he looks at that person, he is going to wish for the na'ma of that person to be removed. It is going to cause harm to that person and he is going to cause harm to himself. The person is always going to be distressed, the person is always going to be depressed.

So this is why it is a dangerous disease and it causes harms. Sometimes a jealous person, they go and they physically harm another person that they are jealous of. And other times there is the evil eye, the hasad. The evil eye, where you jinx another person. Now, some people we say, this is superstition. This is something that is hard to accept. It is hard to believe that it takes place but it does take place.

Now, I don not know what is the correlation between a person who is jealous and another person losing what they have. But this is something that happens and Allah mentions it in the Qur'an. The evil eye, Allah mentions it in the Qur'an with the kufar, what they tried to do with Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi. Allah says in the Qur'an: 'Wa in yaqadu alladhina kafaru layudhlikunaka bi absarihim" (68:51). The Kukfar, they tried to have you slip with their eyes. They look at Rasul Allah in a way, with their jealousy, with their hatred towards Rasul Allah, the hasad towards Rasul Allah, that they want something bad to happen to Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi.

So this is something that does happen and Rasul Allah mentions it in the Qur'an. Allah mentions it in the Qur'an and Rasul Allah speaks about it in the ahadith, and the roots of this evil eye go back to jealousy. Now, what are the causes of jealousy? We defined what it is. It is wishing zawaal in-na'ma for another person. What are the causes? Why do some people become jealous? Sometimes even a mu'min, sometimes even a believer, even a person who has gone to Hajj, even a person who prays, they fast, they could even pray Salatul Layl, they could do all of what Allah is expecting them to do. But then there is still that feeling in the heart.

The first reason is, it is a sign of weakness of faith. No matter how much this person prays, no matter how much this person goes to Hajj, they pray, they do dua, whatever they do. If a person shows signs of jealousy, that means there is a weakness in the faith. Why? Because the person who has full faith, the person who has full Iman in Allah, does not question where the resources of Allah have gone.

Allah (swt) says my rizq is divided upon the people. This person receives an X amount of rizq. This person will receive an X amount of sustenance. A mu'min does not question Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. A real believer who has submitted to the orders of Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, to the will of Allah does not question. Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, He gives: "Inna Allaha yarzuku man yasha' (3:37). Allah, He chooses to give some people more wealth, He chooses to give some people less wealth. That does not mean that Allah (swt) is favouring the one who has more money over the one that has less money.

Because everything, every single dollar, every single cent, everything that you have in this dunya is a test. Do you want more? You have more money, your test is more. You are tested in a different way. Every single one of us is tested differently. So the moment I begin to say I wish that this person, first of all, I question why does this person have this that I don not have?

I am questioning Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. And second, when I begin to wish it, wish that that person loses what they have, that means I am saying Allah is not a good planner. Allah does not plan correctly. I am a better planner than Allah. And I say that I should have more money, I should have this and that person should not have it. This is why the hadith from Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi, says: 'Inna al-hasad taya'kul al-iman, kama ta'kul an-naar al-hatab.' He says 'Jealousy burns the imaan'. It burns, it burns the faith in the heart, just like fire burns the piece of wood. Slowly it takes over the whole wood. Slowly it burns everything. It might start off very small, but you keep feeding it. You keep allowing it to grow in your heart. It continues to grow. If you do not stop it from the first moment, if you do not shut it down from the first moment, it will take over the whole heart and it will destroy the heart of the mu'min.

So this is the first reason, weakness of faith in Allah, and questioning what Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala has divided. Allah chose to give this person something and He chose to give another person something else. Who am I to come and say, let that person lose what they have? This is the first.

Second reason is when a person has too much pride. When a person has too much arrogance, this person will become jealous of other people. Why? Because I think I am the best. I think I should be the richest. I think all eyes should be on me. I think everyone should respect me and love me and honour me. The moment I see another person being honoured, another person being respected, I come in, I say, 'No, this person does not deserve to be respected. This person does not deserve to be honoured. This person is not smart enough.' We try to shut down other people that are rising stars.

Why is that? This stems from arrogance, this stems from having too much pride, thinking that I am better than everyone else. And as soon as I see someone rising, someone becoming at my level or going higher than me, I come in, I try to shut that person down. This is a sign of jealousy and it goes back to too much pride, too much arrogance. And this is what Iblis did. Iblis tells Allah: "Khalaqtani min naarin wa khalaqtahu min tin" (7:12). 'I am created from fire and he is created from soil' referring to Adam, 'and I am better than Adam, so do not expect me to bow to Adam'.

Iblis, even though he was a worshipper, even though he used to pray. Amir al-Mu'minin, says that one sajdah, one prostration of Iblis lasted for six thousand years. The Angels thought that he was one of them. But then Allah did not test Iblis with his worship, he could worship more than others, Allah tested him with his arrogance. And this is how some of us are tested.

Every one of us is tested in a different way, and this is why you find some people, they pray, they fast, they go to hajj, they do everything that they are supposed to do. But then the moment they are tested, they fall when it comes to arrogance. You go and you look at the kuffar. Allah mentions what the kufar, the pagans used to tell the Prophets of Allah. Allah mentions this in Surah Yaseen, they used to tell them: 'Ma antum illa basharan mithlunaa' (36:15). You are human beings just like us, because the Prophets coming and guiding them, the Prophets coming and showing them the way, telling them to follow the right path, they come and they tell the Prophet, 'You are just like me, You are not better than me, do not come and tell me what to do.' Of course, the Prophets never said we are better than people. They were coming and trying to guide them. They were showing them the way.

But the arrogance of people came in the way. And you see that even Rasul Allah, there were people that believed in Rasul Allah, there were people that saw the miracles right in front of them from Rasul Allah, from all of the other Prophets. But they refused to accept, not because they did not believe in Rasul Allah, not because they did not agree to the miracles, but because of their arrogance. Because of their arrogance, that was the only reason. Abu Jahal and Abu Sufiyan, they knew who Rasul Allah was.

Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi, in Mecca, before announcing his Prophethood, he was known in Mecca as As-Sadiq, Al-Amin, the truthful, the trustworthy. They knew that Rasul Allah never lied. They knew that Rasul Allah never cheated people, he was never after this dunya, he was always living a simple lifestyle. But then the day Rasul Allah announced his Prophethood, they refuse to accept. Not because they thought he was lying, they knew he was rightful, they knew he was truthful. But because they did not want Bani Hashim to have a higher status than them.

He comes and he tells Abu Jahal or Abu Sufiyan and they come and they say, Bani Hashim, they used to give water to the Hujjaj, to the Pilgrims, we used to give them clothes, we used to take care of the Kaaba, they used to do this, whatever we do they used to do. And then one day, Muhammed, he comes and he says, I am a Prophet of Allah. Where are we supposed to bring a Prophet of Allah? It was their jealousy that stopped them from believing in Rasul Allah, sallalahu alayhi wa 'alihi. And it was the jealousy, the continued jealousy that kept the Ummah from accepting the Ahlul Bayt, alayhimu as-salam.

And there are numerous ahadith. There are numerous hadith that speak of this. That speak of this, that the Ahlul Bayt, they were the ones who, the Ummah was jealous of them and it was because of their jealousy that they did not allow the Ahlul Bayt, alayhimu as-salam, to rule, to rise, to publicly and freely go out and educate people. So it all goes back to arrogance: when we view ourselves, that we are in a position that is higher than Allah has placed us in.

Imam Ja'far Al-Sadiq alayhi as-salam, Sallu 'ala Muhammad wa 'aali Muhammad [Allahumma salli 'alaa Muhammad, wa aali Muhammad], he tells his companions, he tells them ' Ittaqu Allah wala yahsad ba'dhukum ba'dha'. He tells them have piety in Allah and do not be jealous of one another. And then he says, a story of Prophet Isa, alayhi as-salam. Imam As-Sadiq is mentioning this story: he says Prophet Isa used to go out and constantly travel. One of the tasks of Prophet Isa is that he did not have his own home. He was always on a mission, traveling, guiding people. He would go to a village and then he would go to another village and even his sleep, his rest, it was on the soil. His cover, his blanket, was the sky. So on his journeys, sometimes people would come with him.

So the Imam [As-Sadiq] says that one day Prophet Isa was traveling and a man from his followers, he joined him, he joined him in a part of his journey. So Prophet Isa was walking and he reaches water. So the land finishes and he reaches water. Then Prophet Isa, he says, Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim with full faith in what Bismillah means and he begins to walk on the water. And if you really know the value of Bismillah Al-Rahman, Al-Rahim, and have faith in Bismillah, you will also be able to do the same. So Isa, begins to walk on the water after saying Bismillah, by the name of Allah. So the man that is with him, he sees Prophet Isa said Bismillah and he began to walk. So he also, after seeing a miracle right in front of him, he says Bismillah and he begins to walk on the water. So they are walking on the water, then that man who was walking with Prophet Isa, he begins to think to himself, he says 'Isa is not better than me. He said Bismillah, he walked on the water and I said Bismillah and I began to walk on the water.'

As soon as he had that thought, he fell in the water. He fell in the water, so Prophet Isa, he helps him up, he tells him what happened? So this man is struggling, trying to get out of the water. Prophet Isa tells him what happened to you? He tells him 'I looked at you and I said you are no better than me. You are no better than me. I had that feeling of jealousy in my heart. I said, you are no better than me. I could be at the same level as Prophet Isa '. So Prophet Isa tells him 'Place yourself where Allah has placed you. Do not ever raise yourself to a position, in a position, that is higher than where Allah has placed you. So the man went back to that feeling and he was able to continue walking on the water.

So the Imam, as he brings the story, Imam As-Sadiq, he brings the story to try to explain to us to never have that feeling of jealousy because it will not bring down the other person. It will only bring you down. The one who is jealous, they will only come down. The other person, they will not come down if the other person relies on Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. Now, this is the second reason when we have too much arrogance and too much pride. The first reason of jealousy was lack of faith. The second was too much arrogance and pride.

And the third is when we constantly look at what other people have. Some people have a disease, if they have the whole dunya, they are going to still want to look at what other people have. Constantly looking at what is in the hands of others, never satisfied, never being content with what Allah has given them. And this, my dear brothers and sisters, is a disease. This is also a sign of lack of faith because there's no ridha in qadha Illah.

Ar-Ridha, being satisfied with what Allah has given you, this is one of the highest signs, highest positions of faith in Allah. But there are some of us that are constantly looking at what other people have and Allah says in the Qur'an: "Wa la tamuddanna 'aynayka ila ma mata'na bihi aswajun minhum, zahrata al-hayyat ul-dunya li naftinahum fih" (20:131). 'Do not stretch your eyes to what other people have because in reality, these people are tested with what they have.'

Do not think that what they have, they are chosen by Allah . No, every single one of us, whatever we have, every single cent, every single dollar, everything that we have, this is a test from Allah (swt) for us, "Li naftinahum fih wa rizqu Rabbika khayrun wa ab'qa" (20:131), 'and the rizq, the sustenance, comes from Allah. Do not look at other people. Do not look at what is in the hands of other people. Stretch your eyes to Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. Have your business be with Allah. Allah is the One who will give. Because at the end of the day, the one who sleeps in the mansion and the one who sleeps in a cardboard box, at the end of the day, after the short life that we live, at the end of the day, the grave is going to be all the same.

The grave is all the same. The richest person, a multi-billionaire and a homeless person that does not have food to buy a small sandwich, at the end of the day their end is all the same. No one is going to be better than the other. So do not constantly look at what other people have, because that is only a distraction from the reality that we live in. A distraction from the reality of this life and the reality of this life is the afterlife, the road to the afterlife.

So this is one reason when we constantly look at what other people have. In one hadith, in one hadith also narrated from Imam As-Sadiq, he says what Allah told Musa ibn 'Imran, alayhi as-salam, Prophet Musa, he tells him 'Ya Ibna 'Imran! La tahsad anna an-nas 'ala maa 'ataytuhum min fadhli.' Do not be jealous of what other people have because I have given them this. I have given them this and do not stretch your eyes to what other people have'.

'Fa inna al-hasid sakhid li na'mih.' Because the one who is jealous, this person is not jealous of that other person, this person is questioning Allah. This person is doing a much greater sin, and that is questioning Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, questioning the judgment of Allah. Allahhas decided that this person has an X amount and this person has an X amount. So do not question what that person has. This is another reason of jealousy.

A fourth reason of jealousy is laziness. Sometimes you find people, they are lazy, they do not want to work, they do not want to struggle, they do not want to go and strive a little. And then when they see another person succeeding, what do they do? They come and they say, no, this person does not deserve to have a successful position. This person does not deserve this, this person does not deserve that. It is all laziness. Do not be lazy.

And in Islam, we are taught work ethic. We are taught to work. We are taught to struggle. In fact we wake up, our prayers set up the way that we that we should wake up, the time that we wake up. When we should sleep, our work schedule. When you wake up for Fajr, stay awake, stay awake and work, strive, struggle. How many hadith, how many narrations do we have from Rasul Allah, from the Ahlul Bayt, that say that the person who is working, who is striving, this person is not working for this dunya, this person is working for the Afterlife.

If you are sincere in your work, that you want to come and provide for your family, you want to come and bring for your children, for your family, then this means that you are working for the afterlife, not for this life. But you find some people, they are lazy, they do not want to work, they do not want to struggle a little, and then when they see another person that is rising, another person that is successful, they come and they question the motives and the intelligence and everything that that other person has.

Because they are lazy, they come and they begin to question other people. And then, of course, we go back to the lack of faith, we go back to arrogance, we go back to pride. These are all reasons that make a person jealous. And we mentioned that the Ahlul Bayt, the ones who took the power from them, who took the khilafa from them, they were jealous. And this is found in Sunni and Shi'a Hadith.

The tafsir of this verse: "Am yahsiduna an-nasa 'ala maa 'atahum Allah min fadhli" (4:54). They are jealous of what Allah has given certain people. The Imam says 'Nahnu al-mahsudun', We are the ones who the community and others, they became jealous from us and they did not allow us to take the position that Allah has given us. Because of their jealousy, they came and they ruined it for the Ahlul Bayt, they ruined it for the ummah, and where we are today is a result of the jealousy of people taking away the khilafa from the Ahlul Bayt, alayhum as-salam.

Now we go to the last phase. What are the solutions? The solutions for the person who is jealous and the person who thinks that someone is jealous of him, someone is jinxing him, the solution is to have faith in Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala. Know that everything is in the hands of Allah. If I see another person has something, I should have faith in Allah. Know that this is what Allah has given this person. If I am afraid that someone is going to be jealous of me, someone has their eye on me, I should also resort to Allah, because Allah says: "Qul lan yuseebana illa ma kataba Allahu lana, huwa mawlana, wa 'ala Allah fa la yatawakkal il-mu'minun"(9:51) . Say nothing will fall upon me, "Qul lan yuseebana illa ma kataba Allahu lana", only what Allah has destined for me will happen. "Huwa mawlana", Allah is our Master, Allah is our Lord and wa 'ala Allah fa la yatawakkal il-mu'minun", the believers, the mu'minin, they rely on Allah. If you are living a difficult lifestyle and you see someone else has, rely on Allah, do not look at what other people have.

If you are living a comfortable lifestyle and you are afraid someone is going to look at you and someone has their eye on what you have, also rely on Allah. Allah is the One who will protect you. Some people, they are living a life of always afraid. This person looked at me, that person looked at me, this person, I do not want anyone to look at... No. Have faith in Allah. Have faith in Allah, Allah is the Ultimate Protector, Alla is the Only Protector. He is the One who will protect your heart. He is the one who will protect your family. He is the one who will protect your rizq and everything that you have.

Second, the second solution is to rely on 'aql, rely on intelligence, and this is an advice that Imam Musa ibn Ja'far al-Kadhim, alayhi as-salam, he gave to one of his companions by the name of Hisham ibn Hakam. This was one of the great companions of the Imam, and he was an orator. He used to go to the Masjid. Hisham ibn Hakam was a young man, during the time of Imam As-Sadiq, during the time of Imam al-Kadhim, during the time of Imam As-Sadiq especially, he was a young man.

He was in his teens, but he used to go and he used to give speeches and he used to mesmerize people and he used to attract people to the faith. There were many atheists at that time. There were many people that questioned God's existence. Hisham ibn Hakam, this young man, this young student of Imam Sadiq, he used to go out and he used to educate people and teach people.

So in a series of advice that the Imam gives Hisham ibn Hakam, in one of them, he tells him 'Ya Hisham, man arada al-ghina bila maal.' The one who wishes to be rich without money, 'wa raahat al-qalb min al-hasad', and he wants to comfort his heart or her heart from jealousy, 'wa salaamata fi id-deen' and they want their faith to be at peace, 'fal yatadharra illa Allah fi mas'alati bi an yakmul 'aqla', Ask Allah to make your intellect high.

Ask Allah to increase your knowledge, because when you have the knowledge you are not going to constantly look at what is in the hands of others. You are going to know that I have the tools, I have the resources, I can go and bring success to myself. If you have the knowledge, you are not going to constantly be worried that someone else is going to harm me because, you know, you could have the means of protection. First Allah, and then you find means to protect yourself. So this is the second solution, to have the 'aql, have the 'aql, the intelligence that stops you from constantly living a life where so many people want to harm you, so many people want to attack you and ruin your life, and everyone has their eyes on you.

And the third is to recite du'a. The third solution and perhaps one of the most important one, and this brings the first two together, faith in Allah, the 'aql, and the third is to recite du'a. Recite the munajaat, recite Qur'an. There are verses in the Qur'an' that are means of protection. These verses, they are forms of protection. There are two chapters in the Qur'an, Surat al-Falaq and Surat al-Naas. The last two chapters in the Qur'an. These two chapters in the Qur'an, they are meant for a form of protection. "Qul audhu bi Rabb in-naas, malik in-naas, illahi in-naas, min sharr il-waswaas il-khannaas, alladhee yuwaswisu fi suduri in-naas, min al-jinnati wa an-naas"(114:1-6). Seeking refuge to Allah from the evils of jinn and Ins [human beings].

And the second one: "Qul aaudhu bi Rabb il-falaq, min sharri ma klalaq, wa min sharri ghaasiqin idha waqab, wa min sharri an-nafaathaati fi il-'uqad" (113:1-4) the ones who do magic 'an-nafaathaati fil 'uqad,' blow in a string, 'wa min sharri haasidin idha hasad' (113:5), And from the evils of the one who is jealous.

The hadith says that Rasul Allah used to recite these two surahs for protection of Imam Al-Hasan and Imam al-Husayn. He used to recite them. And the hadith says that if you want to be protected from jealousy, if you want to have that type of protection, then recite these verses.

And then there's also the taqi'baat, the du'as that are recited after the prayers and specially and specifically the du'as that are recited after Fajr prayer. There are special du'as that are recited where in that du'a you say 'Oh, Allah protect me from all of the evils, from the evils of people, from the evils of jinn, from the evils of Shaytan, from anything that may harm me and may try to bring me down'.

And the third solution is to pay Sadaqa. The hadith says: 'As sadaqa tat fa'u al-balaa' wa qad ubrima ibrama'. Sadaqa, it removes the balaa', it removes the tragedy, the misery. If something is supposed to fall down upon you, when you pay charity, it will remove it, even if that is something that has been written down. Even that is something that is supposed to happen, the sadaqa will remove it.

So we ask Allah Subhana wa Ta'ala, to protect us all, to cleanse our hearts, to purify our hearts. So that we have strong faith in Allah, and we only look at Allah and the blessings and favours from Allah. And we ask Allah to protect us from all evils and anything that may harm us.

Wal hamdulillah Rabb Al-Alameen, wa sallallahu 'ala Muhammadin wa 'ala ahli Baytihi, at-tayyibeen, at-tahireen.