Criterion For Respect
Here, it is absolutely essential to indicate that in the religion of Islam, world and its positions and status are not the criteria for respect and honor lest a qualified government officer considers himself as superior to an ordinary clerk or peon. The criteria for respect and superiority in Islam are piety and faith.
إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ
“Surely the most honourable amongst you is the most pious of you.”
Hence, it’s quite possible that an ordinary peon gains proximity to the Almighty on account of his piety and strong belief while a top-ranking public officer may be lowly and degraded as he lacks these vital qualities.
Differences in Potentialities and Abilities
Every individual can indulge in multi-tasking but his abilities and talent in all tasks and fields are not the same. Here, the point is not of rivalry and competition. Two brothers differ with each other talent-wise. Therefore, if one is weak in education does not necessarily mean that he may be weak in all walks of life. Now, if the parents continue to insist on this child to gain higher education, they may not meet with much success. The right approach to this problem is that after he has gained elementary education, the aptitude of the child should be tested and he should be placed in a field where he can use his talent and aptitude to the maximum. In this way, he will achieve great success in a very short time. With the help of his talent and abilities, he will locate newer avenues and sources of income. To maintain the system of the universe, all kinds of individuals are required. Allah the Almighty has created different folks for different strokes. It’s our duty to locate our aptitude, select the field and proceed in it to gain success.
Imam Ja’far Sadeq (a.s.) admonishes,
“For every industrialist and professional to succeed in his field, it is essential that he possesses three traits: a) He should have scientific (knowledge) expertise in his field, (b) He should be trustworthy and (c) He should be passionate about his work.
(Behaar aI-Anwaar, vol. 78. page 235.)