‘Ali (may Allah be pleased
with him) said:
“The (true) value of every
person is weighed according to the good that he does."
Therefore the value of a
scholar is based on his knowledge, on whether it is limited or vast, and on the
degree to which he disseminates his knowledge. Similarly, the poet is appraised
based on the quality of his poems. And so it goes for every person of every occupation:
his worth with people is measured by his excellence in what he does. In terms
not of occupation but of religion and life in general, everyone should strive
to increase their value and worth by performing good deeds, by increasing their
knowledge and level of wisdom, by cultivating and polishing their mind, and by
developing noble traits in their personality.