Truly, the life of this world is nothing but a (quick passing) enjoyment, and
verily, the Hereafter that is the home that will remain forever." (Quran 40:39)
"And know that your possessions and your children are but a trial and that
surely with Allah is a mighty reward." (Quran 8:28)
"And strain not your eyes in longing for the things We have given for
enjoyment to various groups of them (polytheists), the splendor of the life in
this world, that We may test them thereby." (Quran 20:131)
"And put forward to them the example of the life of this world: It is like
the water (rain) which We send down from the sky, and the vegetation of the
earth mingles with it, and becomes fresh and green. But (later) it becomes dry
and broken pieces, which the winds scatter. And Allah is Able to do everything."
"My similitude and that of the life of this world is that of a traveler who
took a rest at mid-day under a shade of a tree and then left it." (Ahmad,
at-Tirmidhi, Ibn Majah and al-Hakim)
"Be in this world like a stranger, or a wayfarer." (Bukhari)
"When Allah ( Azza wa Jall) gives a person whatever he loves of the worldly
benefits despite his disobedience, then that is a gradual enticement." (Ahmad
"The Hour has drawn near, whereas the people have become more greedy for the
life of the world and more remote from Allah." (Al-Hakim)
Yahya Ibn Mu'ath, may Allah be pleased with him, said: "I don't order you to
abandon life but to abandon sins. Abandoning life is a virtue and abandoning
sins is a duty, so your need for this latter is greater than your need for the
This life is full of benefits and fortunes: The land on which man constructs
his dwelling, and grows his food, drinks, dress... etc., all represents the
nourishment for man's body and soul proceeding towards Allah. Man of course
cannot do without these vital necessities. The one who takes from these
necessities only according to his real need as commanded by Allah is saved and
praised. But whoever takes more than necessary for himself falls into
covetousness which will lead him into harm instead of benefit, and consequently
divert him from the right path towards Allah and the Hereafter.
Likewise, taking less than required of the worldly benefits is harmful
because the human body needs to satisfy certain basic needs, and that will
increase its capability to worship Allah perfectly.
Amr Ibn Abdullah said: "The life of this world and the Hereafter, in the
heart of a person, are like the two scales of a balance, when the one becomes
heavier the other becomes lighter."
Al-Hasan Al-Basri was asked: "Who is going to cry more than the others on the
Day of Resurrection?" He answered, 'A man on whom Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala has
bestowed His Grace and who uses that for Allah's disobedience.'"
Umar Ibn Al-Khattab said: "Renouncing the worldly pleasures is a comfort for
both the human heart and body."
Yahya Ibn Mu'ath said: "How can I love this life? A sustenance is decreed for
me in it which keeps me alive and helps me to perform the deeds of obedience
that will lead me to Paradise."
Abdullah Ibn Umar (May Allah be pleased with him) said: "The life of this
world is Paradise for a disbeliever and a prison for a believer. When a believer
dies and departs from this world, he feels himself like a prisoner who was
released to go freely on the spacious earth."
Umar Ibn Abdil Aziz said: "The life of this world is not your permanent
dwelling because Allah has decreed that it should perish and that all its
dwellers should leave it. How many a populated area that will soon come to
ruins, and how many a happy resident who will soon leave his residence. You
should; therefore, leave this world in the best way you can, and the best of
provisions is piety. Since the life of this world is neither a home nor an abode
for the believer, he should be in it, either a stranger whose objective is to
take the required provisions and return home, or a traveler who is residing
nowhere and who is proceeding day and night to reach a country of residence."
A poet said: "Man should take the minimum possible of the worldly pleasures
because he is leaving for a fixed appointment; turn his eyes away from this life
and its ornaments, make all the efforts to keep away from its lusts, because it
is a place of temporary pleasures and trials, and all the people in it will
By: Abdul Malik Al Qasim