Sunan At-Tirmidhī Ḥadīth [2323]

Book [36]: Chapters on Zuhd [Asceticism]
Chapter [15]: The Ḥadīth: “The world compared to the hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea”

Ḥadīth [2323]: Qa’is bin Abī Ḥāzim said: I heard Mustawrid, a member of Banū Fihr, saying: The Messenger of Allāh (peace and blessings of Allāh be upon him) said: “The world compared to the Hereafter is but like what one of you gets when placing his finger into the sea, so look at what you draw from it.”

Commentary: The Ḥadīth is in fact intended to convey the idea that the world, when compared to the Hereafter, is as insignificant as is the drop of water sticking to a man’s finger in comparison with the sea. The parable has just been coined to deliver a message. Otherwise in reality, the world does not weigh even as much as we understand from the parable since the world, along with all its paraphernalia, is at best temporal and limited while the Hereafter is limitless and never-ending. And it is a known fact that the limited and temporal cannot be compared with the never-ending and limitless.

Takhreej: Ṣaḥīḥ Muslim (2858), Sunan Ibn Mājah (4108), Riyāḍ Us Ṣāliḥīn (463), Mishkāt Al Maṣābiḥ (5156) and Musnad Aḥmad (18008, 18009, 18012 & 18014, 18020 & 18021)

Grade: Ṣaḥīḥ (Authentic)

Ṣaḥīḥ by Ḥāfiz Zubāir ʿAlī Za’ī (Darussalām)
Ṣaḥīḥ by Shaykh Al-Albānī (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Jāmi‘ Ḥadīth no. 7100)
Ṣaḥīḥ Isnād by Shu’ayb Al Arna’ūt (Musnad Aḥmad)
Ḥasan Ṣaḥīḥ by Imām At-Tirmidhī

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