Islamic View on the Worldly Life

Contributed by Sarah Ahmed

ILAN, January 2004 Issue (Vol. 1, No. 1, p. 2)

Holy Quran:

اِعۡلَمُوۡۤا اَنَّمَا الۡحَیٰوۃُ الدُّنۡیَا لَعِبٌ وَّ لَہۡوٌ وَّ زِیۡنَۃٌ وَّ تَفَاخُرٌۢ بَیۡنَکُمۡ وَ تَکَاثُرٌ فِی الۡاَمۡوَالِ وَ الۡاَوۡلَادِ ؕ کَمَثَلِ غَیۡثٍ اَعۡجَبَ الۡکُفَّارَ نَبَاتُہٗ ثُمَّ یَہِیۡجُ فَتَرٰىہُ مُصۡفَرًّا ثُمَّ یَکُوۡنُ حُطَامًا ؕ وَ فِی الۡاٰخِرَۃِ عَذَابٌ شَدِیۡدٌ ۙ وَّ مَغۡفِرَۃٌ مِّنَ اللّٰہِ وَ رِضۡوَانٌ ؕ وَ مَا الۡحَیٰوۃُ الدُّنۡیَاۤ اِلَّا مَتَاعُ الۡغُرُوۡرِ ﴿۲۰﴾ سَابِقُوۡۤا اِلٰی مَغۡفِرَۃٍ مِّنۡ رَّبِّکُمۡ وَ جَنَّۃٍ عَرۡضُہَا کَعَرۡضِ السَّمَآءِ وَ الۡاَرۡضِ ۙ اُعِدَّتۡ لِلَّذِیۡنَ اٰمَنُوۡا بِاللّٰہِ وَ رُسُلِہٖ ؕ ذٰلِکَ فَضۡلُ اللّٰہِ یُؤۡتِیۡہِ مَنۡ یَّشَآءُ ؕ وَ اللّٰہُ ذُو الۡفَضۡلِ الۡعَظِیۡمِ ﴿۲۱﴾

“Know that this world’s life is only sport and play and gaiety and boasting among yourselves and a vying in the multiplication of wealth and children.  It is as rain, whose causing the vegetation to grow pleases the husbandmen, then it withers away so that thou seest it turning yellow, then it becomes chaff.  And in the hereafter is a severe chastisement and (also) forgiveness from Allah and (His) pleasure.  And this world’s life is naught but a source of vanity. Vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and a Garden the extensiveness of which is as the extensiveness of the heaven and the earth — it is prepared for those who believe in Allah and His messengers.  That is the grace of Allah; He gives it to whom He pleases. And Allah is the Lord of mighty grace.” (The Holy Quran, Al Hadeed 57:20, 21)

Hadith Qudsi:

Narrated Mujahid:

Abdullah bin Umar said, “Allah’s Apostle took hold of my shoulder and said, ‘Be in this world as if you were a stranger or a traveller.’

The sub-narrator added: Ibn Umar used to say,

“If you survive till the evening, do not expect to be alive in the morning, and if you survive till the morning, do not expect to be alive in the evening, and take from your health for your sickness, and (take) from your life for your death.” (Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 76, Number 425)

Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad Sahib Qadiani:

“Does the possessor of a vast monetary treasure wail in anguish over the loss of a single penny? So, if you were aware of this treasure that God is there to help you during every time of your need, you would not fret for this world. God is a wonderful treasure. Value this treasure and He shall be your Helper at every step of your life. Without Him, you are naught and your means and plans are utterly insignificant and trifling. Do not imitate the nations that have placed their trust in materialism … I do not mean to discourage you from seeking worldly goods, provided that you practice moderation. But I do want to dissuade you from devoting yourselves to materialism like these nations have … if you could only discern, then you would see that the only thing that is of essence is God, whereas the rest is mere trappings.” (Kishti-i-Nooh)