The Justice is Sweeter than Honey

As the thirsty person in a hot dessert understands the true value of water, similarly the oppressed person will understand the true value of the justice. Basically every man instinctively loves justice because by justice people do not wish bad for others, does not violate their rights, does not treat the people with prejudice, and treats everyone fairly, and also “Justice puts everything in its right place.” ( Imam Ali, Nahjul Balaghah, wise saying no.429)

When everything is in its right place there will be no poor in the world. Because the equitable distribution of wealth is that everyone can benefit from it based on merit. Not that most of the world’s wealth is in the hands of a few people, and most of the people are poor and some of them die because of hunger!

In such a situation, the value of justice is more specific. And because of this high value, Imam Sadiq (the sixth Imam of Muslims) has said: “Justice is sweeter than honey, softer than butter, and more fragrant than musk.” (Usul al-Kafi, v.2, p.147)


Human rights can be achieved only with justice and we can say that human justice implies respecting human rights, and honoring everybody’s rights. I hope that one day all people feel the sweet scent of justice and there is no injustice in the world anymore.

The Benefit of Charity Returns to Us

There have always been poor and needy people in the community. They are deprived of basic rights such as food, clothing and housing. However, what is the way out of poverty? The gap between the various social classes is not acceptable to Islam. So, the sacred religion of Islam has a strong emphasis on helping the poor. Encouraging people to give charity is one of the major orders of Islam. The Holy Quran says: “The parable of those who spend their substance in the way of God is that of a grain of corn: it groweth seven ears, and each ear hath a hundred grains. God giveth manifold increase to whom He pleaseth: And God careth for all and He knows all things.” (2:261)
This parable of how a grain of corn grows and yields a manifold increase shows how one’s charity is returned to God.

Islamic teaching says that the benefits of what we do return to ourselves. Hence, Charity has two benefits. One is for the poor and another is for us. There is an event supporting this idea.


A man was going to go somewhere. The Prophet Muhammad said that a black snake would follow him and kill him. The man went and returned after a while with a load of wooden sticks on his back. The Prophet asked him to drop the load on the ground. He did so, and a black snake came out.
The Prophet him asked him what he had done that day. He said he had given one of the two loaves of bread he had to eat to a poor man. The Prophet told him that his life had been saved due to his act of charity. (Wasa’il al-Shi’ah, pp.268-277)