Competing for worldly wealth

Be happy, and hope for what will please you. By Allah (God), I am not afraid that you will be poor, but I fear that worldly wealth will be bestowed upon you as it was bestowed upon those who lived before you. So you will compete amongst yourselves for it, as they competed for it and it will destroy you as it did them.

Prophet Mohammad ﷺ (peace and blessings be upon him), from Sahih al-Bukhari Collection, Hadith # 4015

Do not forget your brothers and sisters

A Muslim student I knew in San Francisco found that aspect of the Islamic prayer disturbing. “Why do we have to pray so close together, in such close proximity to each other? Here I am, trying to concentrate all my attention on God, and yet I am constantly conscious of someone’s body brushing against me on my right and left!”

I told him that I thought he had arrived at an important observation that uncovers a fundamental precept of Islam: even in your most intense worship, you are not to forget your brother or sister on your right and on your left. In other words, your personal and spiritual welfare and salvation is inseparably linked to your response to your fellow human beings.

Jeffrey Lang, Struggling to Surrender (page 126-127)

Do not crave what others have

There are people smarter than us. There are people that are more knowledgeable. There are people that make more money. There are people in your family that get more appreciation than you do. It’s a fact. And sometimes it’s clearly unfair. But in some of those things it’s simply Allah (God) has opened a door of rizq (provision) for them that he didn’t open for you and he opened other doors for you. But what happens for you is [that] you want the same things that somebody else has. Allah did not make you the same as anyone else and Allah did not open the doors of rizq for you that he opened for other people. Each of us have a unique set of opportunities and we’re going to have to work hard to earn Allah’s favour from within whatever we’ve been given [while] not comparing ourselves to anybody else.

Nouman Ali Khan, Beware a Jealous Heart

And do not crave what Allah (God) has given some of you over others. Men will be rewarded according to their deeds and women ˹equally˺ according to theirs. Rather, ask Allah for His bounties. Surely Allah has ˹perfect˺ knowledge of all things.

Al-Quran 4:32, Translation by Dr. Mustafa Khattab, The Clear Quran