And do not covet the favours which Allah has bestowed on some of you to excel others. Men shall have the share of the fruit of their labour, and for women is the share of the fruit of their labour. You had better seek from Allah His bounty. Verily, Allah has perfect knowledge of all things. Q4:32
The expression “And do not covet the favors, which Allah has bestowed on some of you to excel others” means that, we should not pray that Allah may give us exactly what others have been granted. We constantly receive gifts and rewards from Allah; some people appear more favored than others.
This may seem unjust, but we are assured that the All-Mighty (al-Azîz) Lord bestows His reward according to His scheme.
According to His right Judgment, people receive what they earn. So we are recommended to go on praying to Allah, asking for His bounty and grace, and we should try our utmost to use the resources and capabilities that He has bestowed on us.
However, we should not pray that Allah might give us the things that are against His Wisdom and Attributes, or the very same things that another person possesses. While praying one should not keep in view any particular favored person, wishing that Allah might make one like that particular person.
The phrase “Men shall have the share of the fruit of their labor, and for women is the share of the fruit of their labor,” contains the key to individual and collective progress. The words also reveal the equality of men and women so far as their work and reward are concerned.
May Allah let us reap the fruit of our labour both in this world and Hereafter.