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Going deeper into the study of ENVY

By Jabril Muhammad | Last updated: May 28, 2014 - 11:21:22 AM

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I must finish this series of articles and state my reason for them.

I intended to finish the previous article, with some details that involve so-called UFO’s that involves the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan and the fact that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad is not dead.

This also involves the love of The Supreme Being for us and for the fact that the Honorable Elijah Muhammad prayed for a helper and that helper is Minister Farrakhan.

This is in the Bible and the Holy Qur’an and it involves all of us 100 percent!

These books involve the phrase “foregone conclusion.” Forgone conclusion means “a result that can be predicted with certainty.”

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‘Envy is an emotion or a state of mind that hinders the good the envier could do for him or herself or the good for others. It is an obstacle that obstructs its owner in the way of self-benefit. Envy is a disturber of the peace. It could never be among the qualities on which you could build a lasting society.’
I’ve studied the word plagiarism and those who does this. The word plagiarism means: “the practice of taking someone else’s work or ideas and passing them off as one’s own.”

It also mean in the thesaurus: “infringement of copyright, piracy, theft, stealing; informal cribbing.”

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Now, the envier wants both to acquire and see destroyed the possessions of the one that is envied. The envier’s thinking is such that he feels, for example, the envied one lost an eye that he (or she) is somehow advanced.

You cannot appease the envy of the envious person. Even if you show him, or her, greater kindness or remove that which is envy is directed, such as a possession, you will find the envy directed to some other possession, or to some good trait or quality you have.

It is an uncreative quality. It has no redeeming features. One writer stated that envy is:

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Mother Tynnetta Muhammad
“... insidious and secretive ... burrowing away and undermining. Some of the most eminent people in the world are filled with envy because others have a little more glory than they.

You can see envy in the theatrical and film professions, among artists, writers, politicians—even in the Church.

I’ve heard the word envy first from the Honorable Elijah Muhammad some years, ago in 1956. Later on, I asked him about envy.

One have to undergo several experiences to see it first and then help others to see it. Of course, one has to stay alive. Smile. Because an envious person would kill you, so say the Honorable Elijah Muhammad.

Envy is an emotion or a state of mind that hinders the good the envier could do for him or herself or the good for others. It is an obstacle that obstructs its owner in the way of self-benefit.

Envy is a disturber of the peace. It could never be among the qualities on which you could build a lasting society.

Where envy is there is the absence of generosity, charity, Brotherhood or Sisterhood. In fact, it is impossible to feel both envy and kindness towards the same person at the same time.

Love, in the fullest and best sense of the word, is the opposite of envy. Love and hate can have redeeming features, depending on what is being loved or hated and the why or the reason. Envy, however, has nothing in it to recommend it under any circumstances.

One of the meanings of the word opposite is this:  “having a position on the other or further side of something.”

No one wants to be seen as envious. Yet many are. There are many instances in which envy is revealed. For example, a person may not want you to enjoy the same privileges he has. He may be in some higher position than you. He may also have control over some items that would make life easier than you now have it.

But this person withholds the items from you that you may have had a right to. Your comfort is not his objective. He wants you to be uncomfortable. This illustrates the evil nature of envy.

You have just purchased four new tires for your car. Another may have a better or worse car than you. He may not have new tires. That is not the question. The fact is that you have a car and especially, four new tires.

The envier envies you for those tires. When you are not aware, he cuts holes in your tires. Or, as may just as likely occur, the envier may do nothing about your tires. Yet he, or she, wishes you did not have them. In addition, the envier dislikes you for buying them with your own money. This also is envy and depicts its inner nature.

Envy is that which distorts a person’s perception of reality to the extent that the envier sees no merit in whatever is the object of his envy despite its merit. Envy makes a person speak evil of that towards which his envy is directed to help him live with himself.

Actually envy does not “help” the envier, he only deludes himself into thinking this, while not seeing that he is envious, nor its evil.

The above does not cover all that can be spoke or written to define envy. Nor was it intended to do so. On the other hand the above is not mere theory. There are many people than you can count who have been robbed, mutilated and murdered because someone else envied them.

Innocent people have been sent to death or to prison because of the envy of others. Many have served as witnesses in trials, for example, who persuaded themselves that, their self-distorted views and information was true. Their accusation of the guiltless was based on their envy-distorted observations.

Judges too have misused their power due to envy. On the other hand it has been established that envy is a major factor in many crimes and occupies a large place in the make up of the “criminal” personality.

Often the envier is passive, either in not doing what could be done to help the envied, in some situation requiring it.

It is when the envier acts from his or her envy and harm, or great harm comes to the envied that the foul nature of envy comes into focus.

Envy is an act of perception that is totally irrational, unreasonable and malicious. It is unproductive of any value for anyone, except as it serves the ultimate purpose of Allah.

Does this involve slavery, in America, and that which is coming to an end and the effects of it 100% and why God Himself allowed it?

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Why did I make this photograph, of Mother Tynnetta Muhammad when Minister Farrakhan was speaking publicly about the Black woman. This also involves the Honorable Elijah Muhammad’s words about the Black woman.

More next issue, Allah willing

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