Something Worse Than A Skinny Dead Lamb

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If we read and contemplate the verses of the Quran and the hadiths of the Prophet (ﷺ) then we find them all insulting the pleasures of the world and glorifying the matters of the hereafter.

Allah says in the Quran:

وَمَا الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا إِلَّا مَتَاعُ الْغُرُورِ

That worldly life is nothing but deceptive pleasure” [Ali ‘Imran: 185].

In the other verse, Allah says:

إِنَّمَا هَٰذِهِ الْحَيَاةُ الدُّنْيَا مَتَاعٌ وَإِنَّ الْآخِرَةَ هِيَ دَارُ الْقَرَارِ

in fact the life of this world is only (temporary) pleasure. And be sure that the hereafter is an eternal land” [Al Mu’min: 39].

In fact, worldly pleasures are more despicable with Allah than a thin, dead lamb. In a hadith from Jabir bin ‘Abdullah (may Allah blesses him), he says:

رسولَ اللهِ صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ مرَّ بالسوقِ ، داخلًا من بعضِ العاليةِ ، والناسُ كنفتْهُ . فمرَّ بجديٍ أسكَّ ميتٍ . فتناولَه فأخذ بأذنِه . ثم قال ” أيكم يحبُّ أنَّ هذا لهُ بدرهمٍ ؟ ” فقالوا : ما نحبُّ أنَّهُ لنا بشيٍء . وما نصنعُ بهِ ؟ قال ” أتحبون أنَّهُ لكم ؟ ” قالوا : واللهِ ! لو كان حيًّا ، كان عيبًا فيهِ ، لأنَّهُ أسكُّ . فكيف وهو ميتٌ ؟ فقال ” فواللهِ ! للدنيا أهونُ على اللهِ ، من هذا عليكم

The Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) was passing through the bazaar with his Companions on his both sides, when he saw a dead skinny lamb. He held its ear and said, “Who of you would like to have it for a dirham?”. They replied, “We do not like to get it for nothing, and what shall we do with it?” Then he (ﷺ) asked, “Would you like to have it for nothing?”. They replied, “Had it been alive, it would have been defective because it is skinny; but when dead it is of no use”. Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) said, “Truly, the world is more contemptible to Allah than this (the dead lamb) is to you” [Saheeh Muslim].

Many of us are trapped and plunged in the puddle of the world, so it is difficult for him to get out of it. So that his life is spent in search of world happiness. Such a person is deceived by the world and forgets about the more eternal life which is the hereafter.

When in fact the afterlife is our main goal. So let us strive for eternal happiness in the hereafter.


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