(32) وَ مَا الْحَياةُ الدُّنْيا إِلاَّ لَعِبٌ وَ لَهْوٌ وَ لَلدَّارُ الْآخِرَةُ خَيْرٌ لِلَّذِينَ يَتَّقُونَ أَ فَلا تَعْقِلُونَ
32. " And the life of the world is naught but play and pastime, and certainly the abode of the Hereafter is better for those who keep from evil; have you then no sense ? "
If the life of this world does not be considered as a field for the coming world, it becomes a toy, and human beings will be busy, as children, with playthings such as property, position and so on. Their status can be resembled to the scene of a theater where a person appears in the guise of a king, another one plays in the function of a servant, and the third one becomes a minister therein. After somewhile, all the clothings and functions will be set aside and these persons actually find out that it has been only a play or a film wherein they had a role of playing.
The resemblance of the world to 'play and pastime' is found in the following aspects:
A) The lifetime in this world is short as the length of the time of a game.
B) Similar to a game, which contains of pleasure and tiredness, the world is also a combination of sweetness and bitterness.
C) Some neglectful aimless persons take playing games as their businesses.
Anyhow, when the Creator of the world knows the negligence of man from the coming world and being busy with the present world as ' play and pastime ', why do we not believe in it ?
This world, without observing the next world, is dangerous; but if this world be used as a passway, towards the next world, and also a preliminary field of planting the plants of goodnesses for the coming world, it can be a place of development.
It should be noted, of course, that the cause of development, and reaching the blesses in the Hereafter, is virtue.
The verse says :
Imam Amir-ul-Mu'mineen Ali (a.s.) said: " Allah, the Glorified, has distributed among people nothing better than wisdom." (Qurar-ul-Hikam, vol. 6, p. 90)
Again, he (a.s.) said: " The best bounty is the bounty of intellect." (Qurar-ul-Hikam, vol. 1, p. 176)
Also, the Imam (a.s.) said: " Avoid (vain) pastime and play, chaffy words, too much laugh and joke, and fatile statements." (Nasikh-ut-Tawarikh, vol. 6, p. 4)
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