Getting to Know Allah

Allah on the Present Life

28:60 Whatever you have been given is merely the pleasure of this life and its finery; but what Allah has in His possession is better and more lasting. Do you not understand?

If you are content with your life in the here-and-now, the Fire will be waiting.

10:7 Those who do not hope to meet Us and are content with the present life and are at ease in it, and those who pay no heed to our signs;

10:8 Their refuge is the Fire, on account of [what] they used to do.

Allah never misses an opportunity to remind people how life is better in the Hereafter—not that life in the here-and-now cannot be pleasant, if only for a short time.

13:26 Allah enlarges and restricts the provision to whom He pleases. They rejoice at this worldly life, but worldly life is nothing but a fleeting pleasure compared with the life to come.

Then there are those who not only prefer this life, but would convince others that the present life has a lot going for it.

14:2 Allah to whom belongs what is in the heavens and on the earth. And woe betide the unbelievers, for a terrible punishment!

14:3 Those who prefer the present life to the Hereafter and bar others from Allah’s Path and seek to make it crooked, are far astray.


16:107 That is because they love the present life more than the Hereafter, and because Allah does not guide the unbelievers.

16:108 They are those whose hearts, ears and eyes Allah has sealed; and those are the heedless.

16:109 There is no doubt that in the Hereafter they shall be the losers.

Your rank in in the Hereafter will better than any rank on Earth.

17:19 But as for those who desire the Hereafter and strive for it, as they should, while they are believers, their effort will be appreciated.

17:20 For them all – these and those – We shall provide from Allah’s Bounty; and the Bounty of your Lord will not be denied to anyone.

17:21 Behold how We have made some of them surpass the others, although the Hereafter is far higher in rank and more preferable.

If you don’t care for amusements or sports then Paradise is the place for you.

29:64 The present life is nothing but amusement and sport, but the Hereafter is real life, if only they knew.

Don’t be deluded by the present life.

35:5 O people, Allah’s Promise is true, so do not let the present life delude you and do not let the Deceiver (Satan) delude you concerning Allah.

35:6 Satan is an enemy of yours, so regard him as an enemy. He only calls upon his partisans that they may be companions of the Blazing Fire.

35:7 Those who disbelieve will incur a terrible punishment and those who believe and do the righteous deeds will earn forgiveness and a great wage.


2:168 O people eat from the earth’s lawful and pleasant produce, and do not follow in Satan’s footsteps; for he is a manifest enemy of yours.

2:169 He commands you to do evil and indecency and to impute to Allah what you do not know.

If you want more from this life, you may get it, but eternal Paradise will then be out of the question.

42:20 He who wishes the tillage of the Hereafter, We will increase his tillage, and he who wishes the tillage of the present life, We will give him thereof; but in the Hereafter, he will have no share.

42:21 Or do they have associates who enacted for them as a religion that for which Allah did not give leave? But for the Word of Decision (the final judgement), judgement would have been pronounced upon them. Surely, the wrongdoers will suffer a painful punishment.

The present life as “the enjoyment of vanity” among other things.

57:20 Know that the present life is but sport and diversion, adornment, boasting among you and rivalry in amassing wealth and children. It is like rain whose vegetation delighted the unbelievers, then it withered and you see it turning yellow and then it becomes stubble. In the Hereafter there is a terrible punishment, forgiveness from Allah and good pleasure. The present life is but the enjoyment of vanity.

Live a passionless present life and Paradise will be waiting.

79:34 Then when the Great Calamity (Judgement Day) shall come;

79:35 On the Day that man will remember what he has done;

79:36 And Hell shall be exhibited to whoever can see. 79:37 Then, as to him who has transgressed,

79:38 And preferred the present life;

79:39 Hell, indeed, is the refuge.

79:40 But as to him who fears the station of his Lord, and forbids his soul from passion;

79:41 Then, Paradise is the refuge.

One last reminder that life is better in the Hereafter, and you have Abraham and Moses’ written guarantees.

87:14 He who cleanses himself shall prosper;

87:15 Remembering your Lord’s Name and praying.

87:16 No, you prefer the present life;

87:17 Whereas the Hereafter is better and more lasting.

87:18 That, indeed, is in the ancients scrolls,

87:19 The scrolls of Abraham and Moses.