قال رسول الله - صلى الله عليه وسلم - (ما الدنيا في الآخرة إلا مثل ما يجعل أحدكم إصبعه في اليم فلينظر بم يرجع) مسلم.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said, By Allah! The world in comparison to the hereafter is not except like a person who dips his finger into the ocean then he checks how much of water has come onto his finger.
This is an example that has been given for our understanding and in order to illustrate to us how insignificant and valueless the world is. In reality, the world and its contents are not even equivalent to the wetness experienced by dipping the finger into the ocean, thus this example is merely for our understanding.
Where can the world be compared to the hereafter, as the world is finite and the hereafter is infinite. When this is the reality of the world then one should'nt be deceived by the luxuries of the world nor should one complain over the difficulties experienced in the world as understood from the Dua of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam ,
اللهم لا عيش الا عيش الاخرة
O Allah! There is no life except the life of the hereafter.
Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam expressed these words on two occasions (i.e. on the occasion of Hajjatul Wida (farewell Haj) and on the occasion of the battle of the trenches.
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