Wealth of this Dunya

عن مالك بن مغول قال : قال ابن مسعود : الدنيا دار من لا دار له و مال من لا مال له و لها يجمع من لا عقل له

Hadrat Aisha Radiallahu Anha narrates that Rasulullah Salallahu Alaihi Wasallam is reported to have said, “The world serves as a home for that person that has no home (in the hereafter), and the world is wealth for that person who has no wealth (in the hereafter), and a person void of intelligence gathers wealth.

Because the world is perishable and a life of complete peace is not possible (in the world), a person that regards the world as his home and has forgotten Aakhirat has lost his home in the Aakhirat. If a person spent his wealth in luxuries and personal pleasures instead of spending it in such avenues wherein lies the pleasure of Allah Ta’ala, then such wealth is referred to as Dunya. There is no share whatsoever in the Aakhirat for such wealth. In some footnotes, it has been recorded that the meaning of the Hadith is, the Dunya should not be referred to as a house and the wealth of Dunya should not be referred to as wealth as the world is perishable and humiliated. Another meaning is that the world is a home for one that has no home in the hereafter, that is, one regards the world as his original abode and is quite satisfied with it, and he thinks that he will gather wealth which will remain forever as Allah Ta’ala mentions in the Quraan,

ان الذين لا يرجون لقائنا ورضوا بالحيوة الدنيا واطمانّوا بها

Verily those that have no hope of meeting Allah Ta’ala, and are pleased with the life of the world and are at ease with it.....

In another verse Allah Ta’ala states,

يحسب ان ماله اخلده

He (the servant) thinks that verily his wealth will remain forever

In conclusion, the wealth and home of this world is not worth being called wealth or a home. The purpose here is to drop the value of the world from the gaze of that person who has the Aakhirat as an abode and wealth.    

Reference: 

  • Dunya Ki Haqeeqat