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The insignificance of this world

Question

Kindly translate the following Hadith:

عن أبي بن كعب أن النبي صلى الله عليه وسلم قال: إن مطعم بن آدم ضرب للدنيا مثلا بما خرج من بن آدم وإن قزحه وملحه فانظر ما يصير إليه

 

Answer

In this Hadith, Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) explained the insignificance of this world.

The translation is as follows:

Sayyiduna Ubayy ibn Ka’b (radiyallahu ‘anhu) reported that Nabi (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) said: “The food that the son of Adam [consumes] which comes out as [excreta] can be likened to the world. Regardless if the food was garnished or cured/seasoned, look at what happens to it [when it leaves the body].”

(Sahih Ibn Hibban; Al Ihsan, Hadith: 702. Also see: Musnad Ahmad, vol. 3 pg. 452)

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar