Lesson Seven: Indolence and Poverty
Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
"إنَّ الأشْياءَ لَمّا ازْدَوَجَتْ إزْدَوَجَ الْكَسَلُ و الْعَجْزُ فَنَتَجا بَيْنَهُمَا الْفَقْرَ"
The day in which everything married with one another, “indolence” and “weakness” mingled with each other, and their child was called “poverty and indigence”.1
Everything is earned through effort and endeavors and this is the reality that Islam has taught us.
Indolence, debility, weakness and escaping from hard work and difficult challenges are never compatible with the spirit of belief. They will produce nothing but poverty in all aspects, including economic, moral and spiritual poverty. The striving believers on the other hand shall be self-sufficient and contented in all respects.
- 1. Bihar al-Anwar, volume 78, page 59 and Tuhaful Uqul, p. 158