Being envious

Reference: Fataawa wa Mukhtaarah – Page 551

Question: Is it permissible for me to say: “O Allaah! Just as you have bestowed this blessing upon such-and-such, so bestow upon me the same”?

Response: There is no harm in [making] this supplication which the questioner has mentioned; And this is from requesting that which is good for oneself – and it is called envy; It is that a person envies other than himself over something, and thereby wishes that he attains for himself what the other person has attained.

However, that which is prohibited is to be jealous – whether that be over something in the religion or the worldly life. And jealousy is when a person hopes for the cessation of a blessing from his brother [in Islaam] and [instead] for him to receive that blessing.

And Allaah [alone] has the Complete knowledge [of all affairs].

He is a graduate of the Islaamic University of Madeenah, having graduated from the Institute of Arabic Language, and later the Faculty of Sharee'ah in 2004. He currently resides in Birmingham, UK.

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