Date :Thursday, August 29th, 2019 | Time : 10:34 |ID: 110425 | Print

How can a society be stable?

SHAFAQNA – It is narrated from Imam Ali (AS) who said: O’ Jabir, the world stands on four points.

  1. The wise person who makes practical and effective use of his/her knowledge.
  2. The ignorant who refuses to learn.
  3. The charitable person who does not refrain from donating.
  4. And the poor who does not sell (exchange) his/her hereafter for the sake of the world.

Therefore, if the wise ignores his /her knowledge and the ignorant refuses to learn, and the rich refrain from donating and the poor sells his/her hereafter to the world; then the stability of the society disappears. O’ Jabir, the people’s need to the one who enjoys many of God’s blessings is greater; therefore, whoever works for the sake of God with those blessings, God will make those blessings to last; and the one who does not utilize those blessings properly, God will take them away [1]. In another narration, Imam Ali (AS) said: What makes people to be unwilling to seek knowledge is that they see a lot of those scholars who do not act upon their knowledge [2].

[1] Nahjul Balaghah, Translated by Shahidi, Page 428.

[2] Tasneef Qurarul Hekam wa Dorarul Kalam, Page 46.

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