Pearl of Wisdom
in reply to a shaykh from the Nakha' tribe, who said, 'I have been a governor since the time of al-Hajjaj until this very day, so is repentance possible for me?' The Imam remained silent, and when I repeated the question, he said, 'No, until you compensate everyone for his lost nights.'
Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al-Baqir [as]
al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 331, no. 3
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"Whoever desires honor, to Allah belongs the honor all of it. To Him do the good words ascend, and the good deeds He raises; (as for) those who plan an evil plan, they shall have a severe chastisement, (as for) their plan, it shall surely perish". (Quran 35:10).
"Al-Mu`izz" conveys the meaning of: the One Who honors whomsoever He pleases from among His servants.
Linguistically, ma`azza, the noun derived from the verb yu`izz, means power, strength, might. Allah is surely al- `Aziz, the Mighty One Who subdues and is never subdued, Who strengthens His friends by His favor, protecting them against sinning, forgiving their faults, permitting them to reside in Paradise, the abode of His Munificence.
Then He honors them by permitting them to witness His manifestations and see His signs. He is the One who empowers His prophets by protecting them against erring, granting them victory, protecting them, raising their status among their people.
He honors one who obeys Him even if poverty is his lot, and He raises the status of a pious servant of His even if he were an Abyssinian slave. Allah, God, The Truth, Praised and Glorified is His Name, is referred to as such in various verses of His Book, the Holy Quran. Among such references are the following:
Do not let their speech grieve you; surely might is wholly Allah's; He is the Hearing, the Knowing. (10:65) Glory to your Lord, the Lord of Honor, above what they describe. (37:180) To Allah belongs the might, and to His Prophet, and the believers, but the hypocrites do not know. (63:8)
Imam `Ali ibn al-Husain Zayn al-`abidin is quoted saying, "If one desires to be honored even though his tribe is not distinguished, or to be held in high esteem even though he has no authority, or to be a man whose wealth does not diminish, he should get out of the humiliation of disobedience and enter into the honor of obeying his Lord."
Essentially, the way how God honors His servants is by making them feel satisfied, contented, for humiliation lies in one being greedy. Had it not been for false hopes, no free man would have ever been enslaved by anything which, in all truth, is insignificant.
The Almighty places one who persists in praising His Name in the center of honor, instilling love and respect for him in people's hearts. A servant of Allah who aspires to earn a good share of personifying this Glorified Name has to honor the Messenger of Allah and those who are knowledgeable among his own contemporaries, showing respect and humility to them.