Expel from your heart all envy of other men.
Close your heart against worldly things.
Know that suffering is a precious prize,
and see that all affairs are of God.
Then set foot on the water and walk.”
Taken from Tadhikurut al-Awliya, by Abu Nu`aym al-Isfahani
The Prophet of Allah (SWT) said: Beware of envy because indeed envy destroys good deeds in the same manner as fire destroys wood
Imam al-Baqir (as) said: Verily envy destroys faith like fire destroys wood
The Prophet of Allah (SWT) said: Envy appears to take over destiny
The Prophet of Allah (SWT) said: Allah (SWT) the Almighty said to Musa bin Imran (Rh), Oh son of Imran, don’t be envious of what I have given to people from my grace and don’t enchant your eyes with the blessings and don’t put your soul in search of them, because the envious person is unhappy at my blessings that I have distributed among my servants
Love of the World.
Sheikh Zakariyya rahmatullah alaihi is quoted to have said in App Beti: Anything that disracts us from the fulfilling of our religiousduties is classed as “Dunya” (world)
Let not your wealth nor your children distract you from remembrance of Allah (Quran).
“When Allaah wills good for His slave, He hastens his punishment in this world, and when He wills bad for His slave, He withholds his sins until he comes with them on the Day of Resurrection.” Narrated by al-Tirmidhi, 2396; classed as saheeh by al-Albaani.
Allah ordains “O ye who believe persevere in patience and constancy, vie in such perseverance, strengthen each other; and fear Allah, that ye may prosper”. (III:200). Patience only and patience by the command of Allah. “Therefore be patient with constancy to the command of thy Lord” (LXXVI:24). “An do thou be patient, for thy patience is but from Allah” (XVI:127) By being patient afflictions can be endured easily. Clouds of grief get scattered and burden of grief gets lightened.
If one has love of Allah and considers misfortunes to be by His Command, such misfortunes become bearable easily.
If one is certain that Allah is Forgiving and Loving. If one has the conviction that he is the Beneficent and the Merciful and of infinite Bounty then one will consider his misfortunes and calamities as hidden compassions.
After being saturated in Faith and love of Allah, illness, distress and starvation would be borne cheerfully and graciously the Prophet (pbuh) has said: Paradise is surrounded by things which are unpleasant to passions and Hell is surrounded by passions and pleasures. (Muslim)
Passions get subdued due to misfortunes and afflictions. Man gets tamed and turns towards Allah and forms afflictions with Him and dissociates himself from others. There is no other agency than grief which could mould the character of man. It is grief which subdues passions and purifies the soul. If the disease of heart and should could be cured by grief and we develop endurance and constancy, thousands of pleasures could be sacrificed on such grief.
Tawakkul: (reliance on Allah)
(If Allah touches you with affliction, none can remove it but He; if He touch you with happiness, He hath power over all things. He is the Omnipotent over His slaves; and He is the Wise, Acquainted with all things.) (Al-An`am 6:17-18)
. Allah knows everything and He is with us wherever we are. He has power and might. He is wise and merciful.
Ibn `Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
I was (once) behind the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him) when he said to me, “Boy, I teach you (a few) words: Remember Allah, and He will protect you. Remember Allah (observing His commands and avoiding His prohibitions), and you will find Him close to you. When you have to ask for something, ask of Allah. When you seek help, seek Allah’s help. Believe firmly that if all the creation desires to benefit you in anything, they can never benefit you, but that which Allah has decreed for you. If they all unite to harm you, they will not be able to harm you in anything, but that which Allah has decreed for you.” (At-Tirmidhi)
Walk on Water
Abu Hurairah has quoted a Prophetic saying, “Hoping for good is also an act of worship of Allah.” (Tirmidhi and Hakim)
In a hadith-e-qudsi our blessed Prophet has quoted the Divine words, “I am what my bondsman thinks of me, and where he remembers Me, there 1 am with him.” (Bukhari and Muslim).