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Is ghibtah permissible?

Fatwaa ID: 1111

Assalaamu alaikum
Is غبطة permissible for others halaal desires besides the 2 mentioned in the hadith in mishkaat shareef?

In the Name of Allaah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
As-salaamu ‘alaykum wa-rahmatullaahi wa-barakaatuh.

Ghibtah is to envy someone for something such that you are happy for him and wish that you too acquire it. This is permissible in all matters. You wish good for that person and yourself.

Hasad is to be jealous of someone such that you wish something is taken away from that person and perhaps given to you. You cannot stand to see the person in goodness. You want bad for him. This is prohibited in all matters.

The Hadith you refer to is to highlight the importance of the two aspects, devoting oneself to the Qur’aan, knowledge and wisdom and spending appropriately and generously in the path of Allaah Ta’aala. There are scholarly discussions pertaining to the details and structure of the Hadith. The moral of it however is as stated above.

And Allaah Ta’aala knows best.
Mufti Muajul I. Chowdhury
Darul Iftaa New York

وصل اللهم وسلم وبارك على سيدنا محمد وعلى ءاله وصحبه أجمعين


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