This Lower Life – dunyâ

Hadith: “The believer’s prison”

The Prophet  said:

ad-dunyâ sijnu-l mumini wa jannatu-l kâfiri

This (lower) life is the believer’s prison and the disbeliever’s paradise.
The Period And Use Of This World:

“al-dunya sa`atun fa ij`alha ta`atan”
“This world lasts for an hour: Spend it in obedience.”
Saying of `Ali ibn Abi Talib (kw) related by Ibn al-Jawzi in “Sifat al-safwat”

The Islamic teaching concerning this world – dunya:

{ Surely those who do not hope in Our meeting and are pleased with this world’s life and are content with it, and those who are heedless of Our communications/ verses: (As for) those, their abode is the fire because of what they earned.} Sura Yunus 10, verses 7/8

One of the enormities- [ of sins ] is wanting the life of this world more than the next and being satisfied and contented with it.

Two Kinds of People:
“This world is a place of transit, not a place of stay. The people herein are of two categories: One is the man who sold away his self (to passions) and thus ruined it, and the other the man who purchased his self (by control against passions) and freed it. ”
Saying of `Ali ibn Abi Talib (kw) in -520 no.133 (a: 131)

Like A Serpent
“This world is like a serpent. It is soft in touch but its inside is full of venom.
An ignorant person who has fallen in deceit is attracted towards it but a wise and intelligent man keeps guard from it.”
Saying of `Ali ibn Abi Talib (kw) in -514 no.119 (a: 116)

Reality Or Imagination?

This world is maintained by [Divine] imagination. You call it ‘reality’, since it can be seen and perceived and those meanings of which the world is an offshoot you call ‘imagination.’ The true situation is the reverse. The imagination is this world itself, for that Meaning [by Allah] brings into existence a hundred worlds like this, and they rot and disintegrate and become naught. Then It [Allah] produces a new world and better.

One Reality

All Reality (Being – wujûd) is one and an absolute Unity.
It is the source and cause of all beings.
There is only one reality in existence;
from different angles it is called the One, the Real (al-Haqq),
or the many, the phenomenal world, appearences, (al-khalq);
so – the One and the Many are only names
for two aspects of One Reality;
and because Allah is the One and there is no ‘other’,
and because Allah is the Real and there is no-one more ‘real’,
so this Ultimate Reality is Allah and there is no other.

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Al Fayda of Islam ~Allah-umma Salli 'ala Sayyidina Mohammadin al-Fati'hi limaa ughliqa, wal khatimi limaa sabaqa, Naasiri-l-'Haqqi bil-'Haqqi wal Hadi ilaa Siratiqa-l-Mustaqim, wa 'ala aalihi 'haqqa Qadrihi wa Miqdaarihi-l-'Adhim.

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