The World in the Eyes of the Ahlul Bayt
By:Ali JamaleddineThe world is a passageway.What is this 'world' that we live in? Is it Earth? Is it buildings and towers? Is itrivers and seas? Or maybe it is television, food, or even cars?It is ironic that we all affirm that we exist in this 'world', yet many cannot evendescribe this world. It is like saying "I know I live at home, but I have no idea whatmy home is." If we have the wrong idea about our 'home', then we will fall intomany traps and pitfalls. It is equally dangerous, if not more, when we have noidea. So, where can we obtain information about this 'world'?Surely, the best and most pure source of information is from the creator of thisworld, Allah, who has conveyed it to us through the Prophet, and the Ahlul Bayt(peace be upon them). So, how do the Prophet and his Progeny teach us to viewthis world?
Imam Ali (peace be upon him) says, "
(the world) is a passageway, andthe Hereafter is the destination. Take [what you need] from your passageway toyour destination." (
)The Imam emphasizes that this world contains items that we absolutely need for the Hereafter. If Dunya was only a negative place that is no good, then wecouldn't take anything from it.The natural question that follows is: what can we take from this world that is of use to us later on? Allah answers that when He says, "Wealth and children are[but] adornment of the worldly life. But the enduring good deeds are better toyour Lord for reward and better for [one's] hope." (18:46) In another verse, Allah