written outside a newly constructed beautiful House in the street next to mine, I saw today:
مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ
and it set me thinking:
Ever since I came back to this country, I have seen many people, particularly those educated in the western tradition, a consistent belittling of others. If they see someone with a large house, a big car, they immediately start saying that this must have been obtained through black or immoral money. Whatever a person's achievements or possessions, a nasty remark is made. and a constant moaning that everyone else is a crook, and does not deserve what he/she possesses.
Sure there are crooks in our part of the world. Sure there are corrupt people, but we are supposed to believe in other person's integrity unless we have reason to doubt it.
This I think is due to jealousy, class or peer, The result is an unhealthy society. Instead of concentrating on what one has to do or achieve, energy and time is lost on an activity that destroys us and the society around us.
We Muslims are required not to feel jealous, but instead say what I read above outside the house. The house is masha`Allah very big and beautiful. The owner has provided a water cooler outside the house for everyone's use, and that is good.
Why should we assume that the owner has built it with black money? The only thing one could object to is the fact that he has encroached on government land, turning it into a vast private lawn, and built a fence around it so that the public has no access to it. This is a practice many have taken recourse to, despite there being a Hadith to the effect that anyone who takes land which is not his, will find it hung around his neck on Judgment Day.
Still, this does serve a purpose, for the civic authorities do not maintain such public land, and the maintenance of a lawn means less mosquitoes and other harmful creatures.
The quote outside the house is from Surah number 18 - alKahf, verse 39. I give below the transliteration and translation.
(39) وَلَوْلَا إِذْ دَخَلْتَ جَنَّتَكَ قُلْتَ مَا شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللَّهِ ۚ إِن تَرَنِ أَنَا أَقَلَّ مِنكَ مَالًا وَوَلَدًا
Wa Lawlā 'Idh Dakhalta Jannataka Qulta Mā Shā'a Allāhu Lā Qūwata 'Illā Billāhi
'In Tarani 'Anā 'Aqalla Minka Mālāan Wa Waladāan
(39) "Why didst thou not, as thou wentest into thy garden, say: '(Allah)'s will (be done)! There is no power but with Allah.' If thou dost see me less than thee in wealth and sons,
Now for the Naseeha: To escape jealousy of others, recite Surah al-Falaq (Surah 113) and Surah an-Naas (Surah 114). In the masnoon wazaif, the Prophet (saw) is reported to have always recited three times each the following Surahs:
When you do see something you like, say Mash`Allah, la quwwata illa billah