Book: Islahi Khutbaat, Vol 1, Page 147-148
It is related from a saint that once upon a time there lived a very rich minister. In those olden days people used to deposit their money in underground cells. This misister had amassed in this cell heaps of gold, silver and other valuables.
Once the minister entered his underground cell to – inspect his treasure secretly, without informing the guard appointed for this purpose of this secret programme. He did this to see if the guard was misappropriating the treasure.
The door to this cell was such that it could be closed (from inside) but could not be opened from inside. The minister entered the cell and closed the door from inside without thinking how he could open it, as the door could be opened only from outside. The guard at the door thought that the cell was closed and safe. He had no idea at all that the owner of the treasure was inside the cell. After having inspected the treasure, when the owner came to the door, he found no way out and remained imprisoned there.
After sometime he felt hungry and thirsty, but there was no food and no water, although there was gold and silver in abundance. During the night he wanted to sleep, but there was no bedding, although there was gold and silver. The result was that he remained alive there as long as he could do without food and water, then he died helplessly in the cell.
The gold and silver heaped there could be of no avail. This money is not in itself, of any use and gain to man, unless it is used to purchase the necessaries of life and the monetary and the econonoic systems are planned and run on the right lines.