كافِلُ اليَتيمِ وَ المِسْكينِ عِنْدَ اللّهِ مِنَ المُكْرَمينَ
Those who support orphans and the impoverished people will be honored by Allah.
Islam has stressed the importance of supporting and caring for those who are disadvantaged in society, among them are orphans. The first part of this sermon summarizes Islam’s view on this, and this story of Ali bin abi Talib with orphans is an example for all of us to follow.
رُبَّ فَقيرٍ أعزُّ مِنْ أسدٍ
Perhaps there is a poor person whose pride is more than a lion.
The Arabic word “رُبَّ” signifies rareness and fewness.
The Imam is saying some poor people have self-respect, dignity and pride that prevents them from begging. But those people are few in numbers.
وقود النار يوم القيامة كل بخيل بماله على الفقراء وكل عالم باع الدين بالدنيا
The fuel of Hell in the day of judgment is every person who is ungenerous with the poor and every religious scholar who sold his religion for worldly pleasure.
In dictatorial regimes the dictator looks for justification for his evil actions. One of the best ways to do this is to employ or pay religious scholars to release a fatwa (religious decree) tailored specifically to justify those evil actions. In return, the scholars get money, secure job, and protection from the dictator’s police. The Imam tells us that those religious scholars will be in Hell.
الناس رجلان طالب لا يجد وواجد لا يكتفي
There are two kinds of people: those who seek but cannot find, and those who found but still want more.
لا تفرح بالغنى والرخاء ولا تغتم بالفقر والبلاء فإن الذهب يجرب بالنار والمؤمن يجرب بالبلاء
Don’t be happy with wealth and comfort, and don’t be unhappy with poverty and suffering, because gold is tested with fire, and the believer is tested with trials.