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Fatima is Fatima

by : Dr. Ali Shari'ati

Back You are here: Home Books Family The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing)

The Principle Of Education (Up' Bringing) - 11.1. Balanced Life!

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There need be a suitable means for subsistence to live in this world, with peace and harmony, respect and honour. But according to the known economic methods, the issue of earning of money, without mental efforts, and physical efforts and labour is an unaccomplished dream!

May Almighty Allah protect us from poverty. How weak, helpless, and constrained, a poor man is! Let us hear about this reality, in the eloquent language of Hazrat Ali Murtaza (SAWA). The leader of the Pious Instructs his beloved son, Muhammad Ibne Hanafi'a:-

"Oh my son! (God forbid) I fear that you may not get entangled in poverty and hunger! Oh my beloved! Seek Allah's refuge from destitution and poverty (empty handedness), because insolvency and Unresourcefulness weakens faith, brings dispersion in thought (brain). And one who has nothing with him, becomes unbearable for all!" 127 Therefore the Holy Prophet (SAWAW), guides our intellect,

in the following manner:-

Such a person is "without welfare", who does not adopt the legitimate (ha'lal) means of earning money, for his own prestige, for laying off his loans, and for the help (and support) of his relatives. 128 And lmam Muhammad Baqar (ASWS), says:-

"The person who earn through legitimate means, and that also for the reason that, he could save himself from the disgrace of extending his hand in front of others, to fulfill the needs of his children, to extend support to his neighbour, then he would be so rewarded, that when he would appear in the Grace of Allah Almighty, his face would be shining like the moon of the fourteenth night." 129

One of the opening sentence of the supplications before the Almighty Allah, by The Leader of the faithful, Hazrat Ali (ASWS) is: -

"Oh Almighty Allah! safeguard my prestige by bestowing upon me economic welfare. Oh Allah! do not degrade me in the eyes of the people because of the financial constraints!" 130 And, now let us remember by heart, this important instruction of lmam Jaffar Sadiq:-

All bin Abdul Aziz says, that Sadiq-e-Ale Muhammad (ASWS) inquired from me: What did Muhammad bin Muslim do?

I replied:

May I be sacrificed upon you! He has given up his business, and is absorbed in praying. On hearing this, He replied.

"I feel pity! Does he not know, that one who does not strives for subsistence, his supplications are not accepted!" 131