Lessons from Holy Qur'an

Naught is the life of the world but a pastime & a sport

Lesson # 705 From Holy Qur’aan

Naught is the life of the world but a pastime & a sport

Surah ‘Al-‘An-‘aam (Cattle) – Chapter – 6)–Stage – 2

Verse – 32 of 165, Section – 4 of 20 (Part – 7)


In the name of Allaah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Naught is the life of the world save a pastime and a sport. And better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty (to Allaah). Have ye then no sense?   Wa  mal-ha-yaatud-dunyaaa  ‘illaa  la-‘ibunw-wa  lahw.  Wa  lad-Daarul-‘Aakhiratu  khayrul-lil-laziina  yattaquun.  ‘Afalaa  ta’-qiluun.   



It has been being described in the previous verses that the humankind casts behind the Commands of Allaah Almighty by indulging in embarrassment of his own desires. He/she never thinks: I would have to get the retribution in the life after death for those deeds, which I have been doing in this world, and I would have to be set before Allaah Almighty and answer His questions. And it will never be possible either to cheat Him or try to be saved from His punishment by providing any false statement before Him. An abstract to this effect has been given in the verse of today’s lesson, and complete reality of the life of this world has been described briefly.


It is commanded that the life of the world is Naught but only a pastime and a sport. Every person who has sense whether only a little, can understand easily that any sport is the name of amusement for a short time. It is impossible to play every time. Everyone should understand properly that the world is an accidental thing for a few days. Neither any person could live in it forever, and nor can stay.


That person, who has been involved in only worldly works and passes his/her entire time for thinking about worldly benefits only, is like him, who wastes his whole time in a sport. Any wise person cannot say him “a useful, laborious or active person”. And then it is also certain that any time he/she is weary of playing. Such a condition is of that person, who has been entangled in the world. Many desires grow in his heart. He runs behind all of them and wishes to keep his pleasure stable. But after some time either he is tired of it or after fulfillment of the desire his heart is disgusted and he feels ashamed on his deed. Even he reaches at last such stage that his strength becomes disabling. Being wearied he lies down and does not remain able to fulfill his wish. He uses to long for fulfilling his desires, but his strength and power do not cooperate with him.


Contrary to above, neither will he feel ever tired of fulfilling the desires, which will be for the life of the Day of Resurrection, nor his power and strength will end, nor any weakness, illness, grief, sorrow, confusion and nor will death-like anything be the next. That life can be acquired only in this manner that the person should fear from Allaah Almighty, which means that “having fear of His punishment, every forbidden thing and deed should be given up in the world”. And better far is the abode of the Hereafter for those who keep their duty to Allaah Almighty. Have you then no sense that you would have to choose the perpetual thing by leaving any casual thing?   


Transliterated Holy Qur’an in Roman Script & Translated from Arabic to English by Marmaduke Pickthall, Published by Paak Company, 17-Urdu Bazar, Lahore, Lesson collected from Dars e Qur’aan published By Idara Islaah wa Tableegh, Lahore (translated Urdu to English by Muhammad Sharif) .

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