Man should maintain an excellent relationship with the society and his aim should not be material; rather it should be spiritual and religious. Imam Ja’far Sadiq (a.s.) says:
One of the aspects of Allah’s Grace and Nobility upon man is that man, in his life, establishes excellent relations with the people and this life should be sinless. The one who presents his heart in front of Allah in utmost humility and piety, apparently he will behave with the people in a loving and harmonious manner. Hence, establish relationship with the people for the sake of Allah and not for material benefits, position, power, self-conceit, egotism and fame. Those, who are elder to you in the society, respect them like your father and honour them. Those who are younger to you, treat them like your sons and those who are of your age, be like brothers for them.1
One who believes in Allah and the Holy Prophet (s.a.w.a.) will not invalidate his hard work and efforts of building a relationship and bond with the society by aiming only at worldly benefits and materialism.
- 1. Behaar al-Anwaar, v. 71, p. 187-188