Sri Nurul Milla, Ahmad Faizuddin, dan Ssekamanya Siraje Abdallah Kulliyyah of Education, International Islamic University Malaysia, Malaysia.
While all religious traditions teach us to love our neighbor like we love ourselves, this has most often been taken to mean feeling for them when they have problems. Empathetic joy which implies feeling happy for another person’s fortune, has not been paid enough attention in psychological literature. In the Islamic tradition, al-Ghazali posited that cultivating empathetic joy might help to reduce hassad (malicious envy) which is associated with mental problems such as aggression, anxiety, and depression. This study aimed to explore the relationship between empathetic joy and hassad tendency among Muslims. Benign and Malicious Scale (BeMas) and Islamic Envy Management Scales (IEMS) were distributed to 200 Muslim students of an Islamic higher learning institution in Malaysia. Pearson Correlation Test indicated that empathetic joy was negatively correlated to hassad tendency (R= – 0.128, P > 0.05). Hence, empathetic joy might be considered as one of coping strategies in dealing with envious feeling.
Keywords: hassad, Islamic coping strategy, empathetic joy