Hadith on Hereafter: The Fleeting Nature of this World and the Priority of the Hereafter

📖Sunan Ibn Majah 4108
Mustawrid, a brother of Banu Fihr, said: “I heard the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) say: ‘The likeness of this world in comparison to the Hereafter is that of anyone of you dipping his finger into the sea: let him see what he brings forth.’”

  • This hadith from Sunan Ibn Majah 4108 describes the fleeting nature of the pleasures and possessions of this world in comparison to the eternal rewards of the Hereafter. The Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) is likening the vastness and depth of the sea to the vastness and depth of the Hereafter, which is infinite and everlasting. In contrast, dipping one’s finger into the sea represents the fleeting nature of this worldly life and its limited pleasures and possessions. The Prophet (ﷺ) is urging us to reflect upon the transitory nature of this life and to prioritize our efforts and investments towards the Hereafter, which is the ultimate destination and where we will find everlasting joy and reward. Therefore, we should not be distracted by the temporary pleasures and attractions of this world and instead focus on doing good deeds and seeking the pleasure of Allah.