Prison of the Believer


prison dunya

The Worldly Life is the Prison of the Believer and the Paradise of the Disbeliever | Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen (rahimahullaah)

Questioner: Questioner asks regarding the meaning of a hadith cited by Abu Hurrayrah: The Prophet [may the peace and salutations of Allah be upon him] said: “The worldly life is the prison of the believer and the Paradise of the disbeliever”

Shaykh Muhammad ibn Saalih al-Uthaymeen: The meaning of this hadith is that the worldly life – no matter how great its luxuries are, and pleasant its days are, and radiant its dwellings are; to the believer it has the status of prison, because the believer has his sight on luxury that is better, more fulfilling and of a higher enjoyment.

As for what pertains to the disbeliever, then indeed the worldly life is his paradise because he delights in it, and forgets the hereafter. He is as Allah describes the disbelievers:

“Those who disbelieve enjoy themselves and eat as cattle eat; and the Fire will be their abode”. [Surah Muhammad 47:12].

When the disbeliever dies, he will not find in front of him except the fire – Allah’s refuge is sought –woe to the people of the fire.

For this reason, the worldly life –with all the hardship, irritation, anxiety, and grief (that one experiences in it), to the disbeliever it is paradise; because he transits from it to the torment of the hell fire –Allah’s refuge is sought –thus the worldly life has the status of paradise to him.

It is mentioned about Ibn Hajr al-Asqalaani [may Allah bestow mercy upon him] the author of Fathul-Baari [the explanation of Sahih al-Bukhaari]; who was the senior judge of Egypt in his time. He was passing by a market place on a carriage during a procession when a Jewish man stopped him, and said to him: “Your Prophet said: “Indeed the worldly life is the prison of the believer and the paradise of the disbeliever”. (But) How can that be, when you live in affluence and festivity?!

The Jew then described himself as living in extreme poverty and inferiority –so how can that be?!

So Ibn Hajr replied to him saying: “Even though I live as you see, in festivity with people at my disposal, –the worldly life, in comparison to what the believer attains of bliss in Paradise, is like prison; and what you are experiencing of poverty and humiliation –in comparison to what a disbeliever encounters in hell fire, is paradise.

This speech amazed the Jew and so testified a true testimony saying: “I testify that none is worshipped in truth except Allah, and I bear witness that Muhammed is the messenger of Allah”

Translated by ‘Abd al-Rahman Hugh

Better, Worthier & Superior


Assalamualaikum, I was just reading Surah ale Imran when I came across these beautiful and amazing verses…Even though I have read this surah many times before but it felt as if I was reading these words for the first time…The description of the things we love and then the way Allah [subhanahu ta’ala] tells us about what’s better…! An awesome dua and some hints on how to acheive that high position!

So touching and so utterly mesmerizing! Jotting them down…Please do read, recite, understand, and contemplate! :)

Beautified for people is the love of that which they desire – of women and sons, heaped-up sums of gold and silver, fine branded horses, and cattle and tilled land. That is the enjoyment of worldly life, but Allah has with Him the best return.

Say, “Shall I inform you of [something] better than that? For those who fear Allah will be gardens in the presence of their Lord beneath which rivers flow, wherein they abide eternally, and purified spouses and approval from Allah. And Allah is Seeing of [His] servants – Those who say, “Our Lord, indeed we have believed, so forgive us our sins and protect us from the punishment of the Fire,” The patient, the true, the obedient, those who spend [in the way of Allah], and those who seek forgiveness before dawn. ” 

(Surah Ale Imran, 3: 14-17)

Fascinating right? Subhan Allah!

And there is another beautiful verse in Surah as Sajdah which seems related to these verses:

“And no soul knows what has been hidden for them of comfort for eyes as reward for what they used to do.” (Surah as Sajdah, 32:17)

Rasoolullah [sallallahu alyhi wasallam] said, regarding this verse: 

“Allah says: ‘Í have prepared for my righteous servants what no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and it has never crossed the mind of man.’ “ [Muslim, Trimidhi]

SubhanAllahi wa bihamdihi, Amazing right?

Let us strive and work hard to gain that which ‘Allah calls better’! That which is supposed to be the BEST for us!

May Allah accept our efforts and reward us abundantly in this world and the Hereafter! Ameen!

~Mariam Anwer

The Dead Lamb


Jabir b. Abdullah reported that Allah’s Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) happened to walk through the market coming from the side of ‘Aliya and the people were on both his sides. There he found a dead lamb with very short ears. He took hold of his ear and said:
“Who amongst you would like to have this for a dirham?”
 
They said: ‘We do not like to have it even for less than that as it is of no use to us.’  He  (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:
“Do you wish to have it (free of any cost)?”
They said: ‘By Allah, even if it were alive (we would not have liked to possess that), for there is detect in it as its ear is very short; now it is dead also.’  Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (sallAllahu ‘alyhi wasallam) said:
“By Allah, this world is more insignificant in the eye of Allah as it (this dead lamb) is in your eye.”
(Muslim :: Book 42 : Hadith 7059 )

Enjoying the honey from a distance


This life and dunya is like a honey pot, and the flies that are attracted to it are us, mankind. Most of the flies dive straight into the honey, mesmerised by its sweetness and overcome by its smell, but they soon realise that they have gone in too deep as they begin to drown and suffocate in the honey.
But there are some flies who stay on the rim of the honey pot, enjoying its sweetness from a distance, just a little at a time, because they know that there is a better place waiting for them, with more than just honey.

So we should take what we can with caution from our time in the dunya, enjoying some of the good and refraining from the bad. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a cricket match, or other sporting activities, if it’s only for one day and obligatory acts of worship are not left out because of the match. After all, the Prophet (salallahu alayhi wasallam) allowed A’isha (radiallahu anha) to watch men play with spears and he stood there for as long as she was watching it. So really, nothing wrong with a few fun and games….but just as long as we’re not forgetting our true purpose in life.
(Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion.
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Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) says:

اعْلَمُوا أَنَّمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا لَعِبٌ وَلَهْوٌ وَزِينَةٌ وَتَفَاخُرٌ بَيْنَكُمْ وَتَكَاثُرٌ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ ۖ 
كَمَثَلِ غَيْثٍ أَعْجَبَ الْكُفَّارَ نَبَاتُهُ ثُمَّ يَهِيجُ فَتَرَاهُ مُصْفَرًّا ثُمَّ يَكُونُ حُطَامًا ۖ وَفِي الْآخِرَةِ عَذَابٌ شَدِيدٌ
وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّنَ اللَّهِ وَرِضْوَانٌ ۚ وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ 

“Know that the life of this world is but amusement and diversion and adornment and boasting to one another and competition in increase of wealth and children – like the example of a rain whose [resulting] plant growth pleases the tillers; then it dries and you see it turned yellow; then it becomes [scattered] debris. And in the Hereafter is severe punishment and forgiveness from Allah and approval. And what is the worldly life except the enjoyment of delusion. “
(Surah Al Hadid, 20)