This life is short and full of material
things that can get in the way of our submission to God. It’s
not wrong to have these material possessions as long as we remember
our obligations to God and thank Him for those things. We shouldn’t
get preoccupied with this worldly life.
This Life is Short
[17:52] The day He summons you, you will respond
by praising Him, and you will then realize that you had lasted in
this life but a short while.
[23:112] He said, “How long have you lasted
on earth? How many years?”
[23:113] They said, “We lasted a day or part
of a day. Ask those who counted.”
[23:114] He said, “In fact, you stayed but a brief interim,
if you only knew.
[79:46] The day they see it, they will feel as if
they lasted one evening or half a day.
This Life is Material, and the Hereafter is Far Better
[93:4] The Hereafter is far better for you than
this first (life).
[42:20] Whoever seeks the rewards of the Hereafter,
we multiply the rewards for him. And whoever seeks the materials
of this world, we give him therefrom, then he receives no share
in the Hereafter.
[43:34] Their mansions
would have impressive gates, and luxurious furnishings.
[43:35] Also many ornaments. All these are the temporary
materials of this lowly life. The Hereafter - at your Lord - is
far better for the righteous.
[28:61] Is one whom we promised a good promise that
will surely come to pass, equal to one whom we provide with the
temporary materials of this life, then suffers eternal doom on the
Day of Resurrection?
[42:36] Whatever you are given is no more than temporary
material of this life. What GOD possesses is far better and everlasting,
for those who believe and trust in their Lord.
[4:134] Anyone who seeks the materials of this world
should know that GOD possesses both the materials of this world
and the Hereafter. GOD is Hearer, Seer.
[9:38] O you who believe, when you are told, “Mobilize
in the cause of GOD,” why do you become heavily attached to
the ground? Have you chosen this worldly life in place of the Hereafter?
The materials of this world, compared to the Hereafter, are nil.
[9:69] Some of those before you were stronger than
you, and possessed more money and children. They became preoccupied
with their material possessions. Similarly, you have become preoccupied
with your material possessions, just like those before you have
become preoccupied. You have become totally heedless, just as they
were heedless. Such are the
people who nullify their
works, both in this world and in the Hereafter; they are the losers.
[11:15] Those who pursue this worldly life and its
material vanities, we will pay them for their works in this life,
without the least reduction.
God teaches us lessons in the Quran through stories of past generations.
For example, the following:
[38:30] To David we granted Solomon; a good and obedient
[38:31] One day he became preoccupied with beautiful horses, until
the night fell.
[38:32] He then said, “I enjoyed the material things more
than I enjoyed worshiping my Lord, until the sun was gone.
[38:33] “Bring them back.” (To bid farewell,) he rubbed
their legs and necks.
[38:34] We thus put Solomon to the test; we blessed him with vast
material wealth, but he steadfastly submitted.
[28:60] Everything that is given to you is only
the material of this life, and its vanity. What is with GOD is far
better, and everlasting. Do you not understand?