Parables of the Qur’an – Parable #39 – The Reality of this Worldly Life 3
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we move on to the next parable that we have and that is inshallah to Hadid. Verse number 20. And this parable is the third parable in the Quran
to talk about the reality of the life of this world.
we have so far covered two other parables about the same thing, the reality of the life of this world. The first was in Surah Yunus and the second was in Surah Al calf, and this is the third insurer to
Allah subhanho wa Taala says,
know that this worldly life is no more than play, amusement, luxury, mutual boasting, and competition in wealth and children.
Like the example and here comes a parable, like the example of a rain that causes plants to grow to the delight of the planters, but later the plants they dry up, and you see them wither and turn yellow, then they are reduced to scattered debris. And in the Hereafter, there will be either severe punishment, or forgiveness and pleasure of Allah. Whereas the life of this world is no more than a deceiving, enjoyment
sudra to Hadid has a recurring theme to it.
In the beginning of the surah, Allah subhanho wa Taala talks about spending in the way of Allah.
So after all, encourages us to spend
and be generous with our wealth, then Allah brings our attention to the reality of the duty,
the reality of this dunya
whoever abstains from spending, whoever holds on to their wealth,
it's because their heart is attached to that wealth, their heart is attached to the dunya that they have.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala.
Now, wants us to understand exactly what this dunya is that we are so attached to.
So Allah starts there, by saying, hello mu, animal higher to dunya. No,
no, have knowledge. Realize that the dunya is nothing but and then Allah tells us
the different things that are done yet is in reality.
And so Allah subhanho wa Taala here compares the life of this world to the Earth's vegetation.
After rain comes down
and how the vegetation comes out, we see the greenery
and then all of a sudden, that greenery, the beauty
starts to fade away, it becomes yellow, it dries out. And then it falls to the ground, and it becomes scattered debris.
And so just like when rain is sent down to the earth, causing it to become lush and green,
producing all kinds of vegetation and all kinds of different colors, to the point where the farmer, he looks at it, and he admires it, and he enjoys its beauty.
And its lushness.
But it only remains attractive for a period of time.
Not forever. And so that greenery, and that beauty, eventually it turns yellow, and then it turns brown, and then it becomes scattered debris on the ground. So likewise, likewise, is this dunya that we are so deceived by its beauty. Its glitter, its glamour,
thinking that you know what this is the ultimate enjoyment. But the reality is that this beauty, this glitter, this
attraction is only temporary, and it will one day soon come to an end.
And this is something that most people are heedless of. They're negligent of this fact. As if they don't realize it,
but they can see it right before their very eyes. Yes, each and every single one of us we can see it right before our eyes
when we see old people
who are lying under under deathbeds
withered, weak fragile,
were they always like this? No.
Once upon a time, they were like us young youthful, full of energy full of beauty.
But today you look at what they have become.
And so, that is the example of our gives us
of the reality of the dunya
and that's why Allah subhana wa tada starts this verse by mentioning what the life of the word what the life of the dunya really is in the manhyia to dunia law even while he
was he in a tune whatever hold on Dana,
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it is play it is amusement,
it is luxury, it is mutual boasting, it is competing in in wanting to have the most wealth and children and the scholars they say if we look at these five things that Allah mentions here about the dunya
this is these are actual stages of our life. So, it starts with playing children they play and then when they become teenagers, they like entertainment amusement, and then after that, when they become older, they become adults, they want luxury. And then
when they become older,
their 40s or 50s let's say mutual boosting, boosting with one another oh I have achieved this I have achieved that boosting with one another, then competing in having the most wealth and children.
So a lot tells us this is the definition of
adhere to dunya
and elsewhere in Surah
Allah reminds us also
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competing in worldly increase, it distracts you it diverts you until you visit the graveyards
this rivalry competing with one another
for the dunya this has distracted us from where we are headed to and that is to our grades. We're competing with one another for the dunya not realizing
that in front of us is our grave.
And that's why when will we realize had to makabe until you are in your dreams
and so a lot tells us here in between
have the desire, sort of to Hadid.
Allah tells us
what the worldly life really is. And then a lot in the ayah,
a lot ends the ayah by mentioning
the reality of the life of this world again.
And that is by saying one mile higher to dunya Illa matar,
the life of this world is only a deceiving kind of enjoyment.
It's an illusion, it's a delusion.
We are deceived.
We have become deceived.
And so it's not a real, permanent enjoyment, but only a temporary, deceiving one. We become deceived by thinking that this is the ultimate enjoyment. But the reality is far from the truth. And that's why
when we want to enjoy something of the dunya,
especially in Iran,
we are deceived into wanting to fulfill our desire in that thing,
we are deceived into wanting to fulfill our desire in that thing.
We think that it is the ultimate enjoyment, we will enjoy ourselves to the max
in this harem thing,
but then when we do it,
when we do that harem act.
And we're done with it.
Only after we're done with it, do we realize
that we were actually deceived.
That enjoyment, it came and it went.
It went by so quickly.
It was only for a few moments of our lives. And that is what Allah is telling us here. while they're here to dunya ala Mata over
the life of the world is nothing but a deceiving enjoyment.
We are duped and deceived into
thinking that this is the ultimate enjoyment.
But the reality is that it is not the ultimate enjoyment. It is a temporary
enjoyment that it comes and goes and that's it.
Whereas the zero, that is the ultimate enjoyment, that is the enjoyment that will be everlasting.
That is the enjoyment that has no end to it.
Among the lessons that we learn from this parable is firstly,
this comparison of the dounia proves that the dunya is not something worth chasing after and being attached so much to it. It's not worth it.
And that is the whole point of this parable that Allah gives us.
As if all i saying wake up and realize that the dunya is something worthless.
Whereas the Acura
that is what we need to build for.
That is what we need to really work for.
But who will realize this
only those who
are truly intelligent.
If you are given a choice
between a very modest and simple house
and you are told
that this house
you can have forever
as long as you're, you know alive in this world.
You can have this house. It's simple, it's modest. It's not a mansion.
On the other hand, you're told, you know this mansion here
it has everything. All the luxuries that you want it has in it. But
you can only live here for one week.
What would you choose? And what would any intelligent person choose?
Obviously any intelligent person he would choose the simple modest house and who would choose the mention. Those who are not as intelligent
may be children
who look at you
Who look only at the surface, and they don't look long term.
They don't think long term
or foolish people, unintelligent people.
So that is how
a believer should think that we are not here forever.
So why attach ourselves to the dunya, to the luxuries of the dunya?
Why, why attach ourselves to it,
when we're only here for a temporary period of time, instead, we should have our hearts attached to the camera.
And that brings us to the next lesson that we learned from this parable. And that is that the Sahaba of the Prophet sallallahu alayhi wa sallam, they understood this value of the dunya. They understood it very well. Which is why it was easy for them,
to give it away for the sake of Allah, it was so easy for them.
When these ayat came down, to spend, encouraging us to spend,
if we, if we heard these if today, we would still hold on to our wealth and not want to give it away for the sake of Allah feasibility law.
But that's how we know why. Because they understood the value of this wealth,
the value of this dunya that
today, I have it
tomorrow, I won't be here. So why why'd Why am I so attached to it, give it for the sake of Allah,
and then reap the rewards of what you gave it.
They understood the value of this dunya and they understood the value of the asset. That's why they preferred the asset over this linear in so many examples if we were to only read and take lessons from the lives of the companions of Rasulullah sallallahu wasallam