Envy, I suppose, will kill the hearts of man. I see it in myself, whenever my gaze falls on what others have achieved. Really, it’s a mental illness. We shun the immense blessings we find directly under our nose, to focus on the apparition of what others have… a nice job, a big house, a life of ease. But of course we only see a snapshot of what others have. Who knows what life is like behind closed doors? Who knows the troubles which afflict them? Perhaps envy afflicts them too. And so to my dua today: asking my Lord to purify my heart, to take away my long gaze and obliterate these inner diseases of my soul. That gaze brings nothing but discontent.

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