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Sinister Results of Amassing Wealth

You should know that one who attempts to amass wealth is loser and unwise. This can be proved with the following reasons:
1- He has wronged himself for spending all his life seeking it, for if such a man is among people, he is preoccupied by his wealth and if he is alone, he cannot have a comfortable sleep for the fear of thief.
A learned man used to say: The poor have three characteristics: They have sure knowledge about God being the only provider of food, they have peace of mind, and their deeds are easily reckoned on the Day of Judgment.
The wealthy too have three characteristics: The labor they have tolerated in seeking wealth, their mind being preoccupied with wealth, and a hard reckoning.
2- They have this preoccupation as to what they should do with their wealth and how to have it increased, how to keep it from thieves and how to use them?
These groups are in such a state until their death comes up all of a sudden ruining their dreams and leaving the heavy burden of wealth on their shoulders.
Prophet Jesus (AS) has said:

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“Woe to the worldly man! The way he dies and leaves the world, he thought he was safe but the world deluded him. He trusted the world but the world abased him.”
3- Amassing wealth generates far-fetched desires, darkens heart and drives the sweetness of prayer out of heart which is the worst kind of wretchedness in human being. Prophet Jesus (AS) says:

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“I truly say to you: As a sick person has a desire for food but because of his being sick does not enjoy it, the worldly man will not enjoy his prayer as long as the world tastes sweet to him, hence he cannot benefit from the sweetness of prayer.”

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“And I truly say to you, in the same way that if you do not get on a horse for sometime and leave it for itself, it will be difficult to ride on it afterwards, for the animal has become weak, if human hearts are not soften by remembering death and prayer, they will become hard.”

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“And I truly say to you if water skin is not torn, it might be used as honey container. In the same way, if human hearts are not torn by lusts or polluted by avarice, or they are not hardened by too many blessings, they can become good receivers of wisdom.”
4- One who amasses wealth, not only will not attain his aim but he will attain the opposite, for the aim of endeavor is peace of mind but amassing of wealth generates sorrows and troubles so much so that he will escape from wealth as one escapes from snakes and fierce dogs.
A learned man says: A poor man lives in ease for three things but the wealthy man is afflicted with them. They said: what are those three things. He said; the rulers’ tyranny, neighbours’ envy, and brothers’ flattery. Commenting on this topic, Amir al-Muminin (AS) says:

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“Destitution is better than neighbours’ envy, rulers’ tyranny and relatives’ flattery.”
A poet says: One who amasses wealth in the world and treasures it but is not fearful of its fate is as a silkworm which thinks its cocoon will help it but the same will cause its death.
5- One who amasses wealth, has purchased the world for his life whereas life is the most precious asset both for the world and the Hereafter, for if a wise man is asked to sell his life for the world, he will certainly not accept, rather he is ready to give all his wealth for an additional day in his life when meeting the angel of death.
Some of Heavenly Blessings
Have you not heard the Holy Prophet (SAW) as saying:

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“Whoever says: “Sobhanallah” (Glory be to God), God will plant ten trees for him in paradise having all kinds of fruit.”
These fruits taste pleasant and are of various kinds. It has been related that when one eats fill of date, it will turn into grape, and when one eats fill of grape, it will turn into fig and pomegranate, that is to say, the fruits of these trees change with the choice of man.
The Holy Prophet (SAW) says:

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“If a garment of those inhabiting paradise is sent for the people in world, their eyes have not the power of looking at it and they will die out of the pleasure of looking at it..”
When the description of garment is such, imagine the state of one who wears it. Imam Ali (AS) conveys the same meaning when he says:

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“If the eyes of your heart see the heavenly blessings described, you will rush to join the deceased, that too with eagerness.”
When attention to the description of heavenly blessings is so beneficial, how good will be to see those blessings themselves.
It has been reported on the authority of the Infallibles (AS):

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“Whatever is in this world is better to hear of than to see and whatever is in the Hereafter is better to see than to hear of.”
In verse 20 of the Quranic chapter, the Man (Insan), God says:

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“And when you see that good site, you shall see blessings and a great kingdom.”
In the Old Testament, it has been pointed out:

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“I have prepared for My servants what no eyes have seen, no ears have heard and no hearts have felt.”
Dear readers if you are interested in these blessings, you must renounce the world, for renouncing the world is a provision for the Hereafter. The world and the Hereafter are as two rival wives. The more you make one of them content, the more the other one becomes discontent. Or they are as east and west. The more you approach one, the farther you will be from the other. In this relation Imam Sadeq (AS) has said:

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“We human beings love the world. But it is better the world is not given to us, for nothing was ever given to the sons of Adam unless something was not reduced from the benefit of hereafter.”
One must note that what is meant by “we human beings love the world” refers to humanbeings love the world” refers to humankind and not the Holy Prophet and his pure family (AS), for their dignity is above these descriptions. How is it possible when Gabriel come to the Holy Prophet three times offering the key to paradise to him and saying:

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“These are the keys to the world treasures. If you accept them, your position with your Lord will not be diminished even a bit.”
Yet the Holy Prophet (SAW) refused to take them and he did not overvalue what God had undervalued.
The world you purchase for this great blessing is not but a moment, for, you can neither find its former pleasures nor its agonies and hardships. The failure has not come either. Therefore the world and its pleasures are only a moment. It is for this reason that addressing Salman, the Persian, Imam Ali (AS) has said:

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Let not this world be your ambition, for it will be certainly separated from you.”
In addition, we realize that no one has sold the Hereafter for this world unless he has lost both. Addressing the world, God says:

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“Serve one who serves Me and trouble one who is your servant.”
If you are busy with something, take the opportunity to remember God and fill your book of deeds with virtues.
It is reported that whenever our Master, Ameer al-Muminin (AS) was free from war, he was engaged in teaching people, judging among them and when he was free from them, he started working in his own garden while remembering God.
Hakam Ibn Marwan reports on the authority of Jobair Ibn Habib that a problem had come up for Omar who could not solve. He turned to Mohajereen saying: What is your opinion?
They said: O Ameer al-Muminin! You are the authority! Are you asking us?
Omar was embarrassed and said:
“O you who believe! He careful of Allah and speak the right word.”
By God both you and I know who can solve this problem.
They said: You mean Ali Ibne Abi Talib?
He said: Why didn’t people refer to him for solving their problem and came to me? Has any woman ever given birth to a son like him?
They said: Send for him.
Omar sighed and said: He is a great man of Bani Hashem tribe, a close associate of the Holy Prophet (SAW) and the extension of his knowledge. Go and bring him here. People rushed to the imam and found him busy hoeing in a garden while reciting verses 36-38 of the Quranic Chapter, the Resurrection,:

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“Does man think that he is to be left to wander without an aim? Was he not a small seed in the seminal elements, then he was a clot of blood, so He created (him) then made (him) perfect.”
The Imam was reciting those verses while tears were running from his eyes. Seeing this, people started to weep too. When they calmed down, Omar asked his question and the Imam answered it. Then Omar twisted his hands and said: God has chosen you but what shall I do that these people did not accept you. The Imam said:

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“O Omar, lower your voice”, then recited verse 17 of the Quranic Chapter, the Great Event,:

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“Surely the day of decision is a day appointed.”
Omar returned while his face had become dark like night.
A poet says: “The world offered a high price of the world and whatever it has. Nevertheless, the world purchased my life free. May perdition overtake the two hands of a dealer the selling partner of which suffered loss?”
It has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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“On the Day of Resurrection, twenty four treasures, that is, as many as the hours of day and night are opened to the servants of God against every day of life. They open a treasure and he will find it replete with light and joy for its owner. Seeing it, he will feel so happy that if they divide that happiness among the inhabitants of Hell, they will be amazed and will not feel the agony of the Fire. These treasures are those hours he has worshipped God.”

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“Then they will open another treasure. He finds it dark, rotten, and horrifying. Seeing it, he will cry so much that if ht e fear is divided among the inhabitants of paradise, its blessings will become unpleasant for them. This treasure is the hours in which he has committed sins.”

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“Then they open the third treasure. He will find it empty. It will make him neither sad nor happy. This is the hours in which he has slept or been engaged in permissible acts. Here he will regret as to why he lost such moments while he could replete it with good deeds beyond imagination.”

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“Verse 9 of the Quranic chapter, Loss and Gain (Taghabun), conveys same meaning: “That is the day of loss.”

The Positive Result of Contentment
Do not ever let Satan’s temptation affect you and say through your tongue; I will benefit from what is permissible and Godly blessings, perform what is obligatory, discharge what is right, and as God says, in verse 32 of the Quranic chapter, the Elevated places (Araf):

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“Say: Who has prohibited the embellishment of Allah which He has brought forth His servants and the good provisions?”
Therefore I will benefit from delicious food, elegant clothes, luxurious cars and houses, for these can not prevent me from entering paradise. However, you should know that this is the argument of unwise and arrogant people for the following reasons:
1- One who goes after luxury and is absorbed in it, can not keep away from the blameworthy vice of avarice and will be certainly led into error which will certainly ruin him.
2- Given that he is safe from avarice, how can he escape from hard heartedness and arrogance while in verse 6-7 of the Quranic Chapter, the Clot (Alaq), God says:

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“Nay! Man is most surely inordinate, because he sees himself free from want.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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“Keep you away from extra food, for it will leave the stain of hardheartedness on your heart.”
Hessan Ibne Yahya reports on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS)
“ A poor man came to the Holy Prophet (SAW) near whom a wealthy man was sitting. As soon as the poor man entered, the wealthy man shrank from him. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said to him: What happened that you moved back from this man? Did you fear that his poverty might get to you or your wealth to get to him,
The wealthy man said; Now that you said so, I will give half of my wealth to this man. The Holy Prophet turned to the poor man and said: Do you accept it from him? He said: No! The Holy Prophet said: Why? The Poor man said: I am afraid of becoming like him.”
The Holy Prophet has also said:

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“In the Gospel we read: Prophet Jesus (AS) said to God: O God! give me loaf of oat bread in morning and one in the evening. Do not give me more for it might make me disobey You.”
3- The sweetness of prayer and Dua go out of his heart.
4- On departing from the world, a wealthy man regrets. But on the contrary, a poor man becomes happy. It has been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“The more a person is engaged in world, the more he will regret at the time of death.”
5- The poor will enter paradise sooner than others while the wealthy have to wait on the scene of Judgment Day for reckoning.
Imam Ali (AS) has said:

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“Make your burden light to join the convoy, for the dead are awaiting the living ones.”
It is reported that Salman, the Persian was expressing regret at that time of death. They said to him: O Aba Abdullah! What are you regretting at? He said: I do not regret at world. My regret is because the Holy Prophet took a pledge from us and said:

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“Let your simple way of living be as light as the load of an animal.”
I fear to have transgressed the order of the Holy Prophet while all this wealth is at my side. At this time Salman referred to a pillow, a sword and a bowl which were all his wealth.
Aboozar said to the Holy Prophet (SAW): O Messenger of Allah, will those who fear God, are humble and remember God frequently, go to paradise before others? The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“No, rather the poor believers put their feet on the necks of people on the necks of people on the Day of Judgment. At this time, the guards of paradise say to them: Stand where you are so that your deeds will be reckoned. They say: What for? By God, we had nothing for which to be unjust. God did not give us anything to give away or not to give away. We kept on serving God until our death came.”
Imam Sadeq (AS) has said:

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“The poor believers enter paradise forty autumns before the wealthy ones do.”
Then the Imam (AS) said:

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“I tell a parable for you: It is the parable of two ships which an inspector visits. One is empty and when the inspector visits it, he says: Let it go but inspecting the other, he finds it full. Here he will say: Stop this one.”
I have been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“On the Day of Judgment, two believers who are entitled to paradise, are brought for reckoning. One is poor and the other is wealthy. The poor believer says: O God! Why should I stop here? By Your Glory! You know well that You did not give me authority to be just. You did not give me wealth to give alms. My sustenance, according to Your will, was sufficient, God says; My servant is right, open the way for him to enter paradise.
But He keeps the other one waiting until sweat shed by him can quench the thirst of forty camels. It is only then that he will enter paradise. There, the poor believer says to him;
What kept you behind? He will say: Reckoning was long. A question was being raised and God would forgive it. Then other questions were asked and God would forgive it. Then other questions were asked and God extended His Mercy to me and made me join those who repent. But now tell me and made me join those who repent. But now tell me who you are? The other one says; I am the poor believer who was with you before. Then the wealthy believer says: The heavenly blessings have completely changed you.”
6- The needy believer is respected and favored by God on the Day of Judgment. In this relation Imam Sadeq (AS) says:

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“In the same way that a brother makes an apology to a brother, God too, on the Day of Judgment, makes apology to a needy believer and will say: By My Glory! I did not make you poor to abase you. Remove the curtain and see what I have given you in exchange? This believer looks at what God has given him instead and will say: O God! I have not lost anything in this deal.”
7- Poverty is the ornament of prophets and the motto of the righteous ones. God sent the following revelation t4o prophet Moses (AS):

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“Whenever you see poverty is coming to you, say: Bravo to the motto of the righteous ones. And when you see wealth is coming to you, say: It is a sin whose punishment has been hastened.”

The Lifestyle of Prophets and Imams (AS)
A glance at the lifestyle of prophets and Imams will give us extremely beneficial lessons to follow.
1. Prophet Moses (AS)
One whom God chose to speak to from among His servants, was so thin that sign of eating herbs was manifest from the skin of his abdomen. When he was leaving Madyan for Egypt, after eating herbs for a long time he asked for bread. Quoting him, the Holy Quran, inverse 24 of the Chapter, Qasas, says:

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“My Lord! Surely I stand in need of whatever good Thou mayest send down to me.”
A Hadith says:
“One day Prophet Moses said: O God! I am hungry. God said: I know you are hungry. Moses said: O God! Send me a food. God said: I will whenever I wish.”
One of the revelations made to prophet Moses (AS) was the following:

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“O Moses! Poor is one who has no guardian like Me. Sick is one who has no healer like Me. Lonely is one who has no friend like Me. O Moses, be content with a piece of bread which removes your hunger and a cloak by which you cover yourself. Be patient in afflictions. When you see a fortune is coming to you, say: Surely we are of God and unto Him do we return, this is the punishment reaching us in the world in advance. And if you see the world has turned its back to you, say: Bravo to the motto of the righteous.
O Moses! Don’t be surprised at what has been given to Pharaoh. The blessing he enjoys are all the beauty of worldly life.”
2. Prophet Jesus (AS)
The everlasting saying of the spirit of God (Jesus) was:

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“My two hands are my servant, my two feet are horse, the earth is my carpet, and the stone is my pillow. What give me warmth in the winter is the lands on which the sun has shone. Moonlight is my lantern at night. Hunger is the main course of my food. Fear of God is my garment, and those herbs growing on the earth for quadrupeds and wild animals are my fruits and basil.
Days become night and nights become days while I do not own anything. Nevertheless, there is no one wealthier than I am.”
3. Prophet Noah (AS)
Noah was the most aged prophet. He lived as long as 2500 years. Nevertheless he did not build himself a house in world. When dawn would come, he would say:

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“I will not survive the morning.”
Of course, the Holy Prophet (SAW) was such too, that is to say, he did not put a brick on a brick. Seeing one of his companions builds a house with hatch and brick, the Holy Prophet said to him:

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Death will come before this house is ruined.”
4. Prophet Ibrahim (AS)
Prophet Ibrahim, the father of all prophets wore woolen clothes and ate oat as food.
5. Prophet Yahya (John), son of Zakaria (AS)
The clothes of Prophet Yahya (AS) was made of date fiber while leaves of tree were his food.
6. Prophet Solomon (AS)
Although Prophet Solomon had an extraordinary power and rule, his garments were made of wool. He would fasten his hands to his neck at night and kept on standing on his feet while shedding tear till dawn for fear of God. He earned his living by weaving basket with his own hands.
7. The Holy Prophet (SAW)
Every one knows what the Holy Prophet ate ant wore. It is reported that one day when he felt very hungry, he put a piece of stone on his stomach, and said:

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“There are many persons who respect themselves but have actually offended themselves and there are persons who have offended themselves but have actually respected themselves.”

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“There are many people who fully enjoy God’s blessings with His Messenger but there will be no benefit for them in the Hereafter.”

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“Be aware that the deeds of inhabitants of paradise are firm as mountains but the deeds of the inhabitants of Hell are as soft as soil.”

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“Most often short-lived lusts cause long sorrows on the Day of Judgment.”
8. Imam Ali (AS)
Imam Ali‘s (AS) lifestyle is too clear to be discussed here.
Sovaid Ibne Ghofleh says: When people pledged allegiance with Imam Ali to become a caliph, I went to the Imam who was sitting on a small mat while there was nothing else in his room. I said: O Amir al-Muminin! Now the public fund is in your hand and you have nothing at home, why don’t you meet your needs by withdrawing from public fund? The Imam said:

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“O son of Ghofleh! A wise man never fills with many fitting a house from which he must depart. For us, there is a haven to which we have sent the best goods and we will soon go there.”
Whenever Imam Ali (AS) wished to buy clothes, he went to bazaar and bought two shirts. He would give the better one to “Ghanbar” (his servant) and wore the other one himself. Then he would go to someone saying:

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“Cut off one of the sleeves to be used for some other purpose.”
Leaving the other sleeve, the Imam would say:

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“In this sleeve, I will carry something for Hasan and Hussein from bazaar.”
Every wise man realize that if there were any benefit in the world not lose it, rather, by keeping away from it, they wished to come closer to God so much so that Amir al-Muminin (AS) addressing the world has said:

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“I have divorced you three times so that there will be no recourse.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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“Nothing will serve God better than piety in this world.”
Prophet Jesus (AS) has said to his disciples:

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“Be content with small portion of the world together with your safe faith in the same way that the worldly people are content with a small portion of faith and a safe world. Make friendly relations with God by keeping away from the worldly people and seeking divine pleasure by making them displeased.” They said: O Spirit of Allah! With whom should we associate? Jesus (AS) said:

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“One whose meeting reminds you of God, whose speech increases your knowledge and whose deeds make you interested in the Hereafter.”
Considering what we have just discussed, how can a wise man possibly not love poverty while we realize that all prophets and the Imams possess such quality? We also realize that from the creation of Adam (AS) up to the time of the Holy Prophet of Islam (SAW), the heavy burden of serving God, obeying prophet’s commandments, reviving god’s religion, helping the prophets, and disseminating their faith have been shouldered only by the poor.
According to the Quranic stories, the deniers of God and His religions were normally the wealthy ones.
The wealthy and the arrogant at the time of Noah said to him:

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“Shall we believe in you while the meanest follow you?” (Verse 111 of the Quranic Chapter, Shuara)
They also said:

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“We do not see any have followed you but these who are the meanest of us....”
The same group of people said to prophet Shuaib (AS):

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“Surely we see you to be weak among us, and were it not for your family we would surely stone you, and you are not mighty against us.”
At the time of prophet Salih (AS) the arrogant said to the oppressed believers:

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“Do you know that Salih is sent by his Lord? They said: Surely we are believers in what he has been sent with. Those who were haughty said: Surely we are deniers of what you believe in.”
(Verses 75-76 of the Quranic Chapter, Araf)
The children of prophet Jacob (Yaghoob) said:

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“.....and we have brought scanty money, so give us full measure and be charitable to us; surely Allah rewards the charitable.” (Verse 88 of the Quranic Chapter, Yusuf)
While finding fault with prophet Moses (AS) and priding himself, Pharaoh said:

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“But why have not brace of Gold been put upon him?” (Verse 53 of the Quranic Chapter, Zukhruf)
Addressing the Holy Prophet (SAW) the polytheists used to say:

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“Why has not a treasure been sent down upon him or an angel come with him?” (Verse 12 of the Quranic Chapter, Hud)

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“Or (why is not) a treasure sent down to him, or he is made to have a garden from which he should eat.” (Verse 8 of the Quranic chapter, the Criterion)

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“Or you should have a garden of palms and grapes in the midst of which you should cause rivers to flow forth, gushing out.” (Verse 91 of the Quranic Chapter, the Israaelites)

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“Why was not this Quran revealed to a man of importance in the two towns.” (Verse 31 of the Quranic Chapter, Zokhrof)
The two Towns are Mecca and Taif and men of importance of these two towns were either Moghaireh of Walid Ibne Habib Ibne Amre Saghafi from Taif. These two men were chiefs of their tribes and had a lot of wealth in Mecca and Taif.
The aforementioned verses in favor of those lacking wealth are sufficient. How are these verses not sufficient when addressing Jesus (AS) God says:

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“O Jesus, I have given to you as a gift the love of the poor, the destitute, and mercy on them. You love them and they love you. They are content with your leadership and you are content with helping them and their following you. If a person meets Me with these two virtues, he has met me with the most pure and praiseworthy deeds.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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“Being in need of God is a source of pride for me and I take pride in it.”
It is reported on the authority of prophet Jesus (AS):

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“I truly say to you that heavens are devoid of the wealthy. It is easier for a camel to enter the eye of a needle than a wealthy man to enter paradise.”
It is reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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I was informed in paradise that most of its inhabitants are the needy, a few of the wealthy people and some women.”
It is reported that Imam Ali (AS) had an orchard the trees of which had been planted by the Holy Prophet (SAW) and Imam Ali (AS) had irrigated it with his own hands. Imam Ali (AS) sold this orchard for twelve thousand Dirhams while giving all the money as alms in the way of Allah and returned home. At this time, his honorable wife, Hazrate Fatimeh (AS) said to him:

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“Do you know that I have not had any food for several days and I am hungry. I know that you yourself are hungry too. So why you have not left anything from all that money?”

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“I had pity on those who might fall into humiliation as a result of begging, hence, I did not bring home anything.”
It has to be noted that Dua is answered following certain deeds as follow:
1. After recitation of the Holy Quran.
2. Between Azan and Eqamah.
3. When heart is broken.
4. When tears are running.
Abu Basir has reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“Recite Dua when your heart is broken, for no heart is ever broken unless it has already been purified.”
Dua under Special circumstances
a- During war
b- During Major Hajj pilgrimage
c- During Minor Hajj pilgrimage
d- During illness
Isa Ibne Abdullah reports on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS)

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“Three persons’ Dua is answered: First: One who performs major and minor Hajj. Second: One who fights in the way of Allah. Third: An ill person. Do not ever challenge him nor make him feel sad.”
e- An ill persons’ Dua for visitor.
Ranks and Reward of an Ill Person
It has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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“An ill person has four characteristics:
1- Sin is not written for him.
2- God orders the angel to write for him the best of deeds he would do when he was in good health.
3- Every sin he has committed with body organs will be forgiven.
4- He will be forgiven whether he dies or survives.

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“When a Muslim becomes ill, God will write for him the best deeds he would do when he was in good health and his sins would fall off like the leaves of a tree.”

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“Whoever visits an ill person, should the ill person recite a Dua for him, it will be fulfilled.”

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“God will send the following revelation to the angel on the left side: Do not write anything for my servant as long as he is under My shelter. God will say to the angel on the right side:
Write a virtue for the moaning of My servant.”

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“Illness cleanses body from sins in the same way that a black smiths’ bellows removes dust from iron.”

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“A child getting sick is atonement for his parents’ sins.”
It is reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“The Messenger of Allah said: Fever is a sign of death and God’s prison on the earth. Its warmth is form the Hell and this much of warmth is a believer’s share of Fire.”

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“What a good pain is fever, for it gives a share of affliction to every body organ and one who is not afflicted with tribulation has not any share.”

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“When a believer is suddenly affected with fever, his sins fall off like the leaves of a tree. If he laments in his bed, his lamentations are as Sobhanallah (Glory be to Allah) and his cry is Laelahaellallah (There is no God but Allah), his moving in bed is as if he is fighting for the cause of Allah. If he lives on and serves God, he will be forgiven. Happy is such a person!”

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“One-day fever is atonement for one year of sin and its agony will body for the same period. This agony is atonement for the past and future.”

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“One who laments for a night but does not complain or rather thanks God for it, the same will serve as atonement for two years; one year for accepting the pain and one year for forbearing it.”

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“Illness for a believer is as purification and mercy but for the unbeliever it is punishment and curse.”

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“Illness persists in believer till his sins cleansed. A headache of one night will remove all sins except the cardinal ones.”
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Baqer (AS)

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“If a believer knows what great reward afflictions have, he wishes to be cut into pieces with scissors.”
It has been reported on the authority of the Holy Prophet (SAW):

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“Should a believer walk in the straight path and become ill, go on a trip or is not able to perform his duties as he used to, God will write for him the same virtue for the deeds of normal days.”
Then the Holy Prophet (SAW) recited the following verse:

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“So they shall have a reward never to be cut off.” (Verse 6 of the Quranic Chapter, Teen)
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“When a believer dies, the two guardian angels will ascend to heavens saying: O God! You took the life of such and such person. God will say: Go down and perform prayer at his graveside and say Laelahaellallah. Then write these deeds for him.”
Jaber reports that a man who was both dumb and deaf came to the Holy Prophet (SAW) making gesture with his hand. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“Give him a piece of paper to write what he wants.”
The man took the paper and wrote on it:

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“I bear witness that there is no god but Allah and I bear witness that Mohammad (SAW) is the Messenger of Allah.”
At this point, the Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“Write for him something and give him the good tidings of paradise, for, whenever a Muslim loses his tongue, his ears, his arms or legs but he is thankful for that affliction and invokes God to give him reward, God will save him from Fire and make him enter paradise.”
Then the Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“People of afflictions have ranks in the world and positions in the Hereafter which no one can attain with righteous deeds so much so that he wishes his body would be cut into pieces with scissors. This desire arises when these people watch the reward given to the afflicted believers by God on the Day of Judgment, for God does not accept any deed without man’s submission to Him.”
f- During Fast
Imam Sadeq (AS) says:

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“The sleep of one who fasts is as prayer, his silence is as glorification of God, his deeds are accepted and his Dua is answered.”
The Holy Prophet (SAW) has said:

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“The Dua of one who fasts is not rejected.”
Imam Baqer (AS) has said:

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“One who performs major and minor Hajj as well as one who keeps fast are God’s vicegerents. If they invoke God, they will be given, if they recite a Dua, it will be fulfilled, if they intercede for others, their intercession will be accepted by God. If they keep silent, God will speak to them, and will give them a million Dirhams for one Dirham given for the cause of God.”
g- Whoever recites Dua for forty brothers in faith, and name them.
h- Whoever is wearing a ring with turquoise or agate on it.
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Sadeq (AS):

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“The Messenger of Allah said: God says: a servant who raises his hands towards Me while wearing a ring with turquoise, I will be ashamed of returning him disappointed.”
Imam Sadeq (AS) has said:

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“There is no hand more beloved than one wearing a ring with agate raised towards God.”
What Kind of Ring To Wear
It has been reported on the authority of Imam Reza (AS):

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“Whoever wears a ring with an agate on it, firstly he will not become needy and secondly, what God has destined for him, will be good.”
One day one of the associates of Imam Reza (AS) along with a slave of governor passed by him. Imam Reza (AS) said:

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“Give him a ring with agate.” The associates did so. They realized that man was never harmed in his life. Imam Reza (AS) said:

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“Having agate with you in trip, will safeguard you.”
It has also been related on the authority of Imam Reza (AS)

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“Whoever wears a ring with agate in his right hand, if he reverts the agate toward the palm of his hand in the morning before any one sees him, and recites the Quranic Chapter, Qadr and then say: I believe in Allah who has no partner, and deny other god, but I believe in what is hidden from and manifest to the progeny of Mohammad (SAW) and I believe in their leadership, God will keep him safe on that day from the earthly and heavenly evils and keep him under His own protection and keep him under His own protection till night.”
Amir al-Muminin (AS) says:

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“Wear a ring with agate so that God will give you blessings and you will be safe from evils.”
A man came to the Holy Prophet (SAW) complaining of highwaymen. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said:

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“Why weren’t you wearing a ring with agate? This ring will safeguard man from all evil. Whoever wears a ring with agate will end up in god as long as he is wearing that ring and God will protect him forever. Whoever makes a ring with agate and the inscription: Mohammad, Messenger of Allah and Ali, friend of Allah, God will keep him from bad death and he will die a believer. No hand raised towards Allah is more beloved than a hand wearing a ring of agate. Should a man wearing a ring of agate draw lots, he will have a lion’s share.”
God created agate following prophet Moses’ invocations in Mount Sinai and said:

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“By Myself, I will not punish with Fire a hand wearing a ring of agate provided he believes in the leadership of Ali.”
God has said:

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“Performing two Rak’at of prayer with a ring of agate is equal to a thousand Rak’at without it.”

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“It is good to look at a ring with turquoise on which there is inscription, Allah is the King. Turquoise originally comes from paradise and Gabriel brought it for the Messenger of Allah as a gift and the Holy Prophet too gave it to Amir al-Muminin as a gift. In Arabic it is called Zofr.”
Amir al-Muminin (AS) said:

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“Wear a ring of black and white, for, it reverts Satan’s tricks.”
Imam Ali (AS) also said:

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“Wearing a ring set with emerald will ease affairs and entails no hardship. A ring set with agate remove poverty.”

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“A ring set with crystal is good.”

Source:
Oddatatol Daee (The Asset of Supplicant)
By:
Allamah Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Fahd Asadi Helli


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