Hazrat Ali quotes about poverty are helpful for the person who wants to know about poverty and its effects. It is among the worst calamities that a human has to suffer. Poverty can affect a single person, a whole family or even a society. It can have severely harsh effects on people as well as society. A poor person who does not have anything to eat or food for his family, he may incline towards evildoings. He may start committing various crimes and hurting people to feed his own family or himself. It can have negative effects not only on a person’s deeds but also on his beliefs.
Hazrat Ali quotes about poverty depicts the Islamic point of view very clearly. But at the same time, he has also guided us that how we can overcome the problem. He has told us that Islam has given us the best solution to the problem in the form of Zakat. But for the purpose, everyone must pay Zakat honestly and it should be distributed accurately. Poverty is such a calamity that can even rip off the respect of the most honored person. Hazrat Ali (R.A) has said that a poor man becomes stranger even when he is living in his own town. A person that was once well-cared by people becomes unknown when he gets poor.
Followings are some of Hazrat Ali quotes about poverty for your reference:
“Avarice is disgrace; cowardice is a defect; poverty often disables an intelligent man from arguing his case; a poor man is a stranger in his own town; misfortune and helplessness are calamities; patience is a kind of bravery; to sever attachments with the wicked world is the greatest wealth; piety is the best weapon of defence.”
“Riches make such people arrogant, rebellious and wicked, and poverty makes them despondent and lethargic. If they have to work, they work lazily and if they put up a demand they do it stubbornly.”
“The poverty of the people is the actual cause of the devastation and ruination of a country and the main cause of the poverty of the people is the desire of its ruler and officers to amass wealth and possessions whether by fair or foul means. They are afraid of losing their posts or positions and sway or rule and want to make the most during the shortest time at their disposal. They never learn any lesson from the history of nations and never pay any attention to the commands of Allah.”
“Then I want to caution you about the poor. Fear Allah about their conditions and you attitude towards them. They have no support, no resources and no opportunities. They are poor, they are destitute and many of them are cripples and unfit for work. Some of them come out begging and some (who maintain self-respect) do not beg, but their conditions speak of their distress, poverty, destitution and wants.”
“To be submissive, humble, crawling and begging when one is needy, powerless and poor and to be arrogant, oppressing and cruel when in power and opulence are two very ugly traits of the human character.”
“Therefore, be very careful of the welfare of the poor people. Do not be arrogant and vain against them. Remember that you have to take particular care of those who cannot reach you, whose poverty-stricken and disease-ridden sight may be hateful to you, and whom society treats with disgust, detestation and contempt.”
“The greatest wealth is Wisdom; the greatest poverty is stupidity; the worst unsociableness is that of vanity and self-glorification; and the best nobility of descent exhibits itself in politeness and in refinement of manner.”