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Chapter 2. Envy Is A Sickness Of The Heart

Some people said while explaining its meaning:

'Envy (hasad) is a grievance that befalls one due to knowledge of the good condition of the wealthy.'

So in accordance with this it is not possible that the person upon whom the blessings have been bestowed be jealous of these blessings because this person has them and is accustomed to them.

A group of people said:

'It is a desire to have the blessings removed from the one who is envied even if the one who is jealous does not attain the likes of these blessings.'

This is different from ghubta (also meaning envy) because it refers to a desire to possess the blessings bestowed upon the one who is envied but without the desire to see them removed from him.