Hadith on Worldly Life: Believers and Non-believers

📖Sahih Muslim 2956
Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (ﷺ) as saying: The world is a prison-house for a believer and Paradise for a non-believer.

  • This hadith means that this world is a place of trials and tribulations for the believers, who must remain steadfast in their faith and adherence to Islamic principles despite the challenges they face. The metaphorical use of the term “prison-house” is meant to convey the idea that believers must exercise restraint and discipline in their actions and choices, just as a prisoner is confined and restricted in their movements. On the other hand, the non-believers may find temporary enjoyment and pleasure in this world without the burden of religious obligations, but this is not true happiness as it does not lead to the ultimate reward of Paradise in the Hereafter. Therefore, the hadith serves as a reminder to believers that they should remain patient and steadfast in their faith, despite the challenges they may face, and to focus on striving for the ultimate reward of Paradise.