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How To Cure Greed & Jealousy

How To Cure Greed & Jealousy

This thing is stated in another Hadith in a different set of words:

When one of you looks at one who stands at a higher level than you in regard to wealth and physical structure he should also see one who stands at a lower level than him in regard to these things (in which he stands at a higher level as compared to him). {Muslim Book of Purification)

We had been told in the Hadith previously that we should not look upon one higher than us in status, meaning that we must not make up our minds and look upon him attentively. But it is obvious that man, living in this world, cannot avoid eyeing a person who enjoys a higher standard of living, a richer man, because he of ten lives with him and comes in contact with him in his day to day affairs. Thus, when this happens and we see anyone
richer, or having a better physique, then we must at once see or think of another person who is weaker than us in wealth and comfort and body. For example, a person may be richer than us or more beautiful or strong or healthier, and we happen to observe him then we must at once think
of another person who is poorer than us and less comfortable, less beautiful and weaker in health. This will curb the growth of greed and jealousy in us on aspiring to attain the first person’s level while the second is at a lower status.

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