Lesson Eighty Four: Two Things Cause Destruction Of People
Imam ‘Ali (a.s.) said:
أَهْلَكَ النّاسَ إِثْنانِ خَوْفُ الْفَقْرِ وَ طَلَبُ الْفَخْرِ
Two things destroy people: fear of poverty and seeking of fanciful honors!1
If we consider the causes of increase in transgressions, larcenies, thefts, cheating and plundering , we find that the above two factors are at the root of these events. Some people, having everything, commit offenses only for the fear of poverty and the obsession for securing the future. And some others sacrifice their peace of mind and soul in order to acquire fanciful honors. Giving up these destructive traits allows man to enjoy inner peace and happiness.
- 1. Tuhaful Uqul. Mustadrak AlWasail, vol 12, page 91. AlKhisal, vol 1, page 68.