مَنْ أخْسَرُ مِمَّنْ تَعَوَّضَ عَنِ الآخِرَةِ بِالدُنيا؟!

Who is more at a loss than the one who trades his Hereafter for this world?!



Who is more at a loss than the one who trades his Hereafter for this...

— Imam Ali a.s.
(Ghurar al-Hikam: The Hereafter)

Personal Reflection

In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful. All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of all worlds. May peace and blessings be upon our beloved Prophet Muhammad (), his pure progeny, and his noble companions.

The Arabic Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) states,

مَنْ أخْسَرُ مِمَّنْ تَعَوَّضَ عَنِ الآخِرَةِ بِالدُنيا؟!

which translates to

Who is more at a loss than the one who trades his Hereafter for this world?!

Let us delve into the connotation of this Hadith in light of the teachings of the Quran. The key word in this Hadith is (more at a loss) "أخْسَرُ", which signifies the immense loss and regret one would experience by prioritizing worldly gains over the eternal rewards of the Hereafter. This word emphasizes the magnitude of the consequences faced by those who prioritize the transient pleasures of this world.

The Hadith highlights the detrimental nature of exchanging the everlasting bliss of the Hereafter for the temporary and fleeting pleasures of this worldly life. It serves as a reminder to Muslims that their ultimate goal should be the attainment of Paradise and the pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ).

The Quran provides numerous verses that reinforce the message of this Hadith. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says in Surah Al-Baqarah (2:86),

Those are the ones who have bought the life of this world [in exchange] for the Hereafter, so the punishment will not be lightened for them, nor will they be aided.

This verse highlights the severe consequences faced by those who prioritize worldly gains over the Hereafter. They will not receive any assistance or relief from the punishment that awaits them.

Additionally, in Surah Al-Kahf (18:103-104), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) says,

Say, 'Shall We inform you of the greatest losers as to [their] deeds? [They are] those whose effort is lost in worldly life, while they think that they are doing well in work.'

These verses emphasize the delusion of those who prioritize worldly pursuits, thinking that they are achieving success while in reality, they are the greatest losers due to their neglect of the Hereafter.

The Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a powerful reminder for Muslims to reflect upon their priorities and actions. It urges us to evaluate whether we are trading our eternal salvation for temporary worldly gains. It encourages us to strive for a balanced approach, where we fulfill our worldly responsibilities while keeping our focus on the Hereafter.

By prioritizing the Hereafter, we ensure that our actions are aligned with the teachings of the Quran and the guidance of the Prophet Muhammad (). We understand that the true success lies in pleasing Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) and seeking His pleasure, rather than being consumed by the materialistic pursuits of this world.

Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) possessed immense knowledge and wisdom, which is evident in this Hadith. His words serve as a beacon of guidance for Muslims, reminding us to constantly evaluate our intentions and actions. We should strive to strike a balance between our worldly responsibilities and our spiritual journey towards the Hereafter.

In conclusion, the Hadith of Imam Ali (عَلَيْهِ ٱلسَّلَامُ) serves as a profound reminder for Muslims to prioritize the Hereafter over the temporary pleasures of this world. It emphasizes the immense loss and regret faced by those who trade their eternal salvation for worldly gains. By reflecting upon this Hadith and aligning our actions with the teachings of the Quran, we can strive to attain true success and eternal bliss in the Hereafter. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ) guide us all on the path of righteousness and grant us success in both this world and the Hereafter.

. : . (Readers are advised to verify the sources mentioned above, and to independently research for an accurate understanding of Hadith. Remember, personal research and seeking guidance from scholars are essential in gaining a better insight. Please, do contact us if you find any wrong citations or explanations.)

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