How Life Ends for the Haters
Envy (spite, hate) is an old disease that has brought misfortune to many people and harmed them. Haters will always enrage and oppress innocent people. Thus, there’s an Arabic saying says, “Allah has killed the Spite, how fair He is. It (spite) starts with its own master (the spiteful one) and then kills him.”
‘Umar Ibn al Khaththab –may Allah be pleased with him- said, “It is enough for you that the spiteful uses your joyful time.”
Allah the Exalted declared in some of hadith Qudsy, “A spiteful one is the enemy of My favor, people who always gets annoyed by My deed, and one displeases of My giving.”
The Arabs used to say, “A master will never escape from a merciful one who is always praising and a hater who is always insulting (him).”
An expert in jurisprudence named Abu al Laith as Samarqandy –peace be upon him- said, “Five sanctions that will reach the hater first before its spite reaches its target (the hated one); firstly, a never ending distress, secondly, a misfortune without reward, thirdly, an insult without praise, fourthly, the wrath of his Lord, and fifthly, the door to Allah’s guidance will be closed for him.”
O brother muslim! Fear Allah for yourself and do not hurt others for what they didn’t do by manipulating or lying. Remember the day you’ll be standing before Allah the Exalted.
Remember that this world should not be the place of hating and hostility. As for you, who are being the target of hatred, be patient with the disease of those haters, because your patience will kill him. Just like fire; if it doesn’t find any other target, it will consume half of itself.
Take a lesson from a story below, and read it carefully:
According to a narration, there was a Bedouin man who came to see the leader of the believers, al Mu’tashim Billah. He then managed to appease to his heart, thus he was appointed as his right hand man, who was free to enter and leave the palace whenever he pleases without having to ask for permission. Apparently, there was a minister in the palace who liked to be envious to others. And this time, his target was the Bedouin. He told himself, “If I do not make a plot to kill this Bedouin, he will surely seize the leader of the believers’ heart, and get rid of me.”
And then his cunning tactic began, starting by approaching the Bedouin, being sweet to him until he invited him to visit his house. When he arrived, the minister provided food for him that was mixed with plenty of garlics.
The Bedouin, who was unaware of the minister’s cunning, ate the food. When he finished eating the minister told him, “Beware of being too close to the leader of the believers when you speak, for he will smell the odor of garlic from your mouth thus he’ll feel annoyed. He strongly detests the odor of garlic.”
At the same time, this spiteful minister went to meet the leader of the believers to instigate him. When he was left alone with the leader of the believers, he said, “O the leader of the believers, indeed, that Bedouin has spoken to people about you, that you have a bad breath and he almost died because of the smell.”
Not long after that, the Bedouin came to see the leader of the believers, but unlike the usual, he covered his mouth with his sleeve, fearing that the leader of the believers would smell the garlic odor from his mouth. As for the leader of the believers, -because of the whispering of the spiteful minister-, he saw the unsettling signs and confirmed what the minister had said to him about the Bedouin. The leader of the believers then wrote a letter to some of his servants that bore the message, “If this letter of mine reached you, behead its bearer!”. Then he called the Bedouin and gave the letter he wrote and said, “Go to so-and-so and bring his reply to me.” Without any suspicion, the Bedouin carried off his order. He took the letter and carried it out from the leader of believers’ room. He was just emerged from the door when suddenly the spiteful minister came to him and asked, “Where are you going?”. The Bedouin replied, “I’m going to deliver this letter from the leader of the believers to one of his servant, the so-and-so.”
The minister went quiet for while, and thought, “By delivering this mandate, surely this Bedouin will obtain large sum of money.” Soon he said to the Bedouin, “O Bedouin, what do you think if there’s a person who are willing to relieve your burden in delivering this letter, in which you must undergo a tiresome journey, and even pay you with 2000 dinars?”. The Bedouin replied, “You are a high authority and a judge, whatever you think is good, I’ll do it.” “Give me the letter”, said the minister.
The Bedouin handed over the letter to him, and he paid him 2000 dinars. After that, off he went carrying the letter to its destination. Upon arriving, the servant that was meant to receive the letter read it, which contains the message to behead the letter’s deliverer, and he ordered for the minister to be beheaded. After a few days had passed, the caliph recalled the matter of the Bedouin, and he asked his servants about the minister, but they told him that the minister hadn’t appear for several days whereas the Bedouin was still in town.
Hearing their report, the caliph was surprised and ordered for the Bedouin to be presented before him. Before long the Bedouin came, and the caliph asked him about his condition. The Bedouin then told him about his agreement with the minister that was unknown to the caliph (i.e., the agreement that the one to deliver the letter was the minister, and that he was paid with 2000 dinars).
In turned out that the minister did it slyly, out of his spite. The Bedouin also informed the caliph about how the minister invited him to his residence and the dishes that were filled with plenty of garlic that he ate there, and what happened to him at that place. At that time, the leader of the believers said, ““Allah has killed the Spite, how fair He is. It (spite) starts with its own master (the spiteful one) and then kills him.”
Then he lifted the punishment of the Bedouin and even appointed him as a minister, whereas the spiteful minister had rested alongside his spite, far far away…
(Reference: Nihaayah azh-Zhaalimiin by Ibrahim bin ‘Abdullah al-Hazimy,book .III, no.64,page .89-92)