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Discontentment at another's good fortune. The qurʾānic term for envy ( ḥasad) is mentioned four times in the Qurʾān, denoting a human emotion that begrudges others and wishes them ill for what they possess.

The most well-known example of this term in the Qurʾān is q 113:5: “And from the evil of an envier when he envies” (wa-min sharrin ḥāsidin idhā ḥasada). In this verse, divine protection (q.v.) is sought from “the envy of an envier.” This envy is semantically and syntactically grouped with other kinds of evil such as the evil of “darkness” ( sharr ghāsiq, see darkness ) and the evil of those …

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Khan, Ruqayya, “Envy”, in: Encyclopaedia of the Qurʾān, General Editor: Jane Dammen McAuliffe, Georgetown University, Washington DC. Consulted online on 27 June 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-3922_q3_EQSIM_00134>

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