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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Islam teaches us that this life is temporary. It will someday come to an end for us and an end for humanity altogether, but the Hereafter is eternal. The realities of Paradise and Hellfire will last forever, so our most important goal in this life should be preparing ourselves for the Hereafter by performing good deeds.
The experience of the worldly life is almost nothing compared to the Hereafter. The Prophet (SAW) gives us the parable of one of us dipping our finger into the sea as compared to the sea itself.
Al-Mustawrid reported: The Messenger of Allah SAW), peace and blessings be upon him, said:
مَا مَثَلُ الدُّنْيَا فِي الْآخِرَةِ إِلَّا مَثَلُ مَا يَجْعَلُ أَحَدُكُمْ إِصْبَعَهُ فِي الْيَمِّ فَلْيَنْظُرْ بِمَ يَرْجِعُ
What is the example of this worldly life in comparison to the Hereafter other than one of you dipping his finger in the sea? Let him see what he brings forth.
Source: Sahih Muslim 2858, Grade: Sahih
When we dip our fingers into the sea, the little bit of water we pull out it almost nothing compared to the entire sea. In the same way, the temporary experience of this world is practically nothing compared to the Hereafter.
For this reason, the people of Paradise and Hellfire will soon forget whatever pleasures or hardships they experienced in the world.
The most privileged people in the world from the people of the Hellfire will come on the Day of Resurrection to be dipped in the Hellfire, then it will be said: O son of Adam, did you see any good? Did you get any blessing? He will say: No, by Allah, my Lord! Then the most miserable people in the world from the people of Paradise will come on the Day of Resurrection to be dipped in the Paradise, then it will be said: O son of Adam, did you see any hardship? Did you have any distress? He will say: No, by Allah, my Lord! I did not once see hardship or distress.
Source: Sahih Muslim 2807, Grade: Sahih
The person who endured the most hardship for the sake of Allah will soon forget all of his pain and suffering after he is dipped into Paradise only for a moment.