Posted by: wajahatabbas | October 2, 2005

What do you prefer: Knowledge OR Wealth?

What are you looking for Wealth or Knowledge ?

Its written in history that once a group of plp asked Hazrat Ali (A.S) the same question.

“Of knowledge and wealth, which is better and why. Please give a separate answer to each of us.” Hazrat Ali answered in ten parts:

1. Knowledge is the legacy of the Prophets; wealth is the inheritance of the Pharaohs. Therefore, knowledge is better than wealth.

2. You are to guard your wealth but knowledge guards you. Therefore, knowledge is better.

3. A man of wealth has many enemies, while a man of knowledge has many friends. Hence, knowledge is better.

4. Knowledge is better because it increases with distribution, while wealth decreases by that act.

5. Knowledge is better because a learned man is apt to be generous while a wealthy person is apt to be miserly.

6. Knowledge is better because it cannot be stolen while wealth can be stolen.

7. Knowledge is better because time cannot harm knowledge but wealth rusts in course of time and wears away.

8. Knowledge is better because it is boundless while wealth is limited and you can keep account of it.
9. Knowledge is better because it illuminates the mind while wealth is apt to blacken it.

10.Knowledge is better because it induced the humanity in our Prophet to say to GOD. “We worship thee as we are your servants,” while wealth engendered in Pharaoh and Nimrod the vanity which made them claim God-head.



  1. There is no treasure like knowledge.


    The realm of knowledge has no bounds.
    The chief of talents is knowledge.
    Knowledge leads to wisdom, accordingly the educated man is the wise one; riches diminish by expenditure, while knowledge is increased by dissemination.

    The heart is the source of wisdom, with the ear as its channel.

    The Commander of the Faithful, (Ali ibne Abi Talib (peace be upon him) has said, “Knowledge is better than wealth” for seven reason:

    1.Knowledge is the inheritance of the Prophets while wealth is the inheritance of the Pharaohs;

    2.Knowledge does not diminish through giving from it (to others), however wealth diminishes when it is spent;

    3.Wealth needs to be protected however knowledge protects the person who has it;

    4.Knowledge will be buried with the person in his grave, however wealth will not;

    5.Wealth has been reserved for the true believer and the disbeliever however true knowledge (of the religion) is reserved only for the believer;

    6.All of mankind is in need of knowledge in relation to matters of their faith while they are not in need of people with wealth.

    7.Knowledge helps a person while on the right(the bridge over the hell-fire) while wealth hinders a person on this path.

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