Allah praised Imam Ali (may Allah be pleased with him and honor his face) to know that this is what Allah loves, when he and his wife Sayeda Fatima Az'zahraa vowed that they will fast three days for Allah if their sons Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein are recovered from illness, Allah sent them when they were fasting the three days guests who eat their food at sunset (the time of breaking fasting), so Allah says about this:
"And they give food, in spite of their love for it (or for the love of Him), to Miskeen (poor), the orphan, and the captive." (Surat Al-Insan, verse
Then Allah showed the secret of loving their deed in their words:
"(Saying): We feed you seeking Allah's Countenance only. We wish for no reward, nor thanks from you." 76-9
Our master Ali used to work by his arms for wage, Islam urges this, a Muslim should work; the prophet encouraged him to do this. One day he worked for a Jewish woman, she had a well and she wanted to irrigate her land, so she called our master Ali to irrigate it and she told him that she would give him a date for every bucket he got out of the well, the well was deep, the water was far and the rope was harsh. Our master Ali got fifteen buckets and took fifteen dates and went to Sayeda Fatima, then the messenger of Allah entered, he praised him and asked him to give him from these dates he got by the labor of his hand.
It was narrated that the messenger of Allah said:
"No man ate food better than eating from his hand's labor and David the prophet of Allah was eating by his hand's labor." 1
Our youths now want to find treasures, they resort to thieves and swindlers who take their money and suddenly escape leaving everything as it is. Where are the treasures? This is cheat and theft. This happens because every one of our youths wants to be a millionaire in a moment, how come?
You should follow the way of truthful and righteous people and those who strive hard everywhere.
1- Narrated by Al-Bokharey in As'sahih by Mekdam Ibn Ma'd Yakreb.