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ns intellects may be tested: the company they keep, their dealings, authority, their disassociation from power and government, their wealth and their poverty.

If you are reduced to poverty, then trade with Allah through giving in charity.

One's expressing his destitute brings about even more poverty.

The greatest poverty is foolishness.

Allah has made poverty a trust with His creation. So, whoever conceals it, Allah will give him the equivalent of the reward of a fasting and praying person.



Verily Allah has fixed the alms-tax as a provision for the poor and a proliferation of your wealth.

Verily begging is not allowed, except in three cases: for paying a large sum of blood money, an escalating debt or an abasing poverty.

Poverty is part of the trial, and worse than that is the sickness of the body, and worse than that is the sickness of the heart.

The alms-tax has been prescribed as a test for the rich and an aid to the poor. If people duly paid the alms-tax on their wealth, there would not remain a single poor or needy Muslim, and all would suffice themselves through what Allah has prescribed. Verily people are only impoverished, needy, hungry and naked as a result of the sins of the wealthy.

The first to enter the Fire will be a domineering ruler who did not maintain justice, a rich man possessing wealth who does not give his due from his wealth, and a poor man who is arrogant.


Be compassionate towards a mighty person who has been dishonored, a rich man who has become poor, and a scholar who has been forgotten amidst a generation of ignorant people.


Imam Ali (as), in his will before his martyrdom said, (Fear) Allah (and) keep Allah in view in the matter of orphans. So do not allow them to starve and they should not be ruined in your presence, as I have heard the Prophet (s) say, Whoever elevates an orphan until he becomes free from need, Allah will make it incumbent for him to enter Heaven just as He has made Hellfire incumbent for the consu...



Squandering is the epitome of destitution.